Famous Nathan

Director: Lloyd Handwerker
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 98 min
Language: English
Date: Sunday, November 16, 11:30 am
Location: National Museum of American Jewish History
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards: Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival;
Official Selection Jerusalem Film Festival
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Preceded by Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop*

Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters has been a New York staple for nearly 100 years. For die hard fans, it makes no difference if you are local or from out of town — if you are in New York, you’d eventually get a hankering for one of Nathan’s famous franks. In this personal documentary, Director Lloyd Handwerker, grandson of “Famous” Nathan, takes a look back at his family’s unique history, the Jewish-American immigrant experience, and Nathan’s pursuit of the American dream. Broadening the scope of Nathan’s trajectory is a lively cast of characters – from colorful family members and former employees to Coney Island regulars and celebrity patrons. For lovers of New York history, Famous Nathan pulls out all the stops.

Special Guest: Lloyd Handwerker

Sponsored By: National Museum of American Jewish History

*Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop
Directors: Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg
9 min

An unexplored and pivotal chapter in the life of one of basketball’s greatest players, and a fascinating glimpse into a time when a very different era of basketball met the Borscht Belt in its heyday.