[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Documentary on Yiddish Culture Coming to PBS/DVD
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MENDELE Yiddish Language and Literature
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Sept. 28, 2008
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Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 08:17:10 -0400
From: David Weintraub <director at yiddishculture.org>
To: victor.bers at yale.edu
Subject: Documentary on Yiddish Culture Coming to PBS/DVD
I am pleased to announce that the documentary film WHERE NEON GOES TO DIE
is coming to several PBS stations this fall/winter. Neon is first film to
capture Yiddish culture's first American revival. On South Beach from the
1920s to the 80's Yiddish culture blossomed while it was dissipating in
many other places in the country. At its height, Miami had half a dozen
Yiddish theaters including the longest running Yiddish vaudeville theater
in the world, eight radio stations broadcasting Yiddish radio, (including
one broadcast from a deli), radical Yiddish organizations, choruses and
more. WHERE NEON GOES TO DIE captures the rise of this "shtetl by the sea"
and how gentrification and a host of other factors turned South Beach from
cultural mecca to cultural wasteland in a short period of time.
The film will air on WPBT in South Florida on Sunday, October 5 at 6PM.
It is expected to air on WNJN New Jersey PBS in December and WNCW North
Carolina PBS in December.
But don't wait for a broadcast near you. You can own the DVD which not
only includes the film, but a number of special interviews, outtakes and
snippets of Yiddish radio Miami-style. To order on-line safely and
securely go to: www.yiddishculture.org and hit the "Where Neon Goes to
Die" button. It makes a great gift and a great reminiscence of a world
that once was.
Center for Yiddish Culture
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