Docu-favoring indie distributor Seventh Art Releasing has completed lensing on “The Comedians: One Hundred Years of Yiddish Comedy Theater,” the first project under a new commitment to producing its own documentaries.
Tyro filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger and writer Oshra Schwartz paint a historical portrait of one of the Yiddish-speaking community’s most popular theatrical troupes, the Burstyn Family, through salvaged musical numbers, film clips, production stills and the Burstyns’ home movie collection.
Pic was shot in locales in New York and Israel, and includes scenes in Yiddish, English and Hebrew.
The next project on Seventh Art’s slate (the company aims to produce four to six films per year) is a look at the music business as a hip-hop startup, Goodvibe Recordings, is born. Pic will chronicle the four principals as they try to get a label off the ground. Lensing began last week in Los Angeles.
Seventh Art has recently acquired the docus “Speaking in Strings,” “Creature” and “Bellyfruit.”