Opening at New York’s IFC Center on November 11, 2009
**Interviews available with Director Andrew Jacobs
and NY area residents of the Four Seasons Lodge.
First Run Features will premiere Four Seasons Lodge, a new feature documentary directed by New York Times journalist Andrew Jacobs, on November 11 at IFC Center in New York.
From the darkness of Nazi-occupied Europe to the lush mountains of New York's Catskills, the award-winning Four Seasons Lodge documents what might be the final season for a community of Holocaust survivors who come together each summer to celebrate their lives. Beautifully photographed by a team of cinematographers led by Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), this unexpectedly humorous film takes on sobering topics like aging and the legacy of the Holocaust in a uniquely life-affirming way - capturing the Lodgers' intoxicating passion for living, in bracing contrast to lives harrowed by loss. Says Fran Lask, 82, a survivor of Bergen-Belsen: "This is our revenge on Hitler. To live this long, this well, is a victory."
Filmmaker Andrew Jacobs has been a staff writer at the New York Times for the past 10 years, where he has covered a wide variety of beats, from the American South and the aftermath of Sept. 11, to New Jersey politics and the NYC Police Department. He is currently a correspondent in the Beijing bureau. The idea for Four Seasons Lodge grew out of a six-part series Jacobs did for the Times about summer life in the Catskills.
Jacobs says, “As the world continues to grapple with war and genocide, we think audiences will embrace this astonishing tribe of survivors who have found a way to find joy in life despite having endured unimaginable atrocity. People will be moved by the Lodgers and enriched by their wisdom, strength and humor.”
Four Seasons Lodge
97 minutes, color, digital/video, 2008
A film by Andrew Jacobs
Producers: Matt Lavine, Andrew Jacobs
Coproducers: Roger Bennett, Rhoda Herrick, Elyssa Hess
Editors: Kim Connell, Aaron Soffin
Music: Eric Lewis
Cinematography: Albert Maysles, Andrew Federman, Avi Kastoriano, Justin Schein
Executive Producer: Kelly Sheehan
WINNER, 2009 Miami Jewish Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Documentary
OFFICIAL SELECTION, 2008 Hamptons Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION, 2008 Silverdocs
OFFICIAL SELECTION, 2009 Provincetown Film Festival
"Like a funny visit with your grandparents, multiplied by a dozen." –New York Magazine
"Packs more wisdom than the best therapy session."–Washington Times
"Exquisite!" –International Documentary Association
"In a class of its own ... cosmically inspiring." –Indiewire
"A full-bore 'Jewish' cinematic feast, evoking in these old-timers' tales, inflections, and habits an entire century's worth of disappearing ethnic reality." –Boston Phoenix
"A bittersweet, life-affirming documentary." –Jewish News Weekly
"A heartwarming, poignant, and surprisingly funny film." –East Hampton Press
"Make a point of seeing this film, it is a remarkable one!" –The Independent (E. Hampton)
More information, including the press kit, photos, and additional play dates, available at www.firstrunfeatures.com or www.fourseasonsmovie.org.