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Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival opens with the comedy 'Putzel'

May 12, 2013|By Susan King
  • Donna Kanter's "Lunch," a documentary about the veteran writers and directors who meet for lunch every other Wednesday, will screen at the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Donna Kanter's "Lunch," a documentary about the veteran… (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles…)

The romantic comedy "Putzel," starring Melanie Lynskey and Susie Essman, will have its L.A. premiere as the opening night presentation at the eighth  Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival on June 1 at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills.

Other films in the festival, which continues through June 6 at various locations, include the world premiere of Ron Frank's documentary "When Comedy Went to School," which looks at the legendary comedians who got their start in the resorts in the Catskill mountains, including Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks and Jackie Mason.

Comedy is also served up in Donna Kanter's documentary "Lunch," which focuses on a group of writers and directors including Caesar, Arthur Hiller and Monty Hall, who meet for lunch every other Wednesday at Factor's Famous Deli.

Also screening is "My Father and the Man in Black," a documentary revolving around Johnny Cash's relationship with his Jewish manager, Saul  Holiff. The film, which has its L.A. premiere at the festival, was directed by the manager's son, Jonathan. There will also be documentaries on Neil Diamond, Roman Polanski and Medgar Evers.

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