The Sturgeon Queens

Director: Julie Cohen
Genre: Documentary
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Running Time: 53 min
Language: English
Features: Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Maggie Gyllenhaal
Date: Sunday, November 2, 11:30 am
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Festivals & Awards:
Audience Award, Palm Beach Jewish Film
Festival; Audience Award, Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival;
Audience Award, San Diego Jewish Film Festival

hattie with fishAs an official selection of over 30 film festivals, there is nothing fishy about the success of Julie Cohen’s delicious documentary The Sturgeon Queens. Just in time to celebrate the store’s centennial this year, The Sturgeon Queens stars 100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman, the two surviving daughters of Russ and Daughters, the famed lox and herring emporium on New York’s Lower East Side. Equal parts wit and humor, Hattie and Anne impart memories and stories from a bygone era, sharing an unforgettable slice of American immigrant life, Jewish tradition, and NYC food culture.

The film also delves into the newest generation of Russ’s running the show: Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman. Leaving other career aspirations behind, together Josh and Niki have risen the profile of Russ & Daughters with hip new cocktail parties and the Russ & Daughters Café.

Preceded by 70 HESTER STREET
Director: Casimir Nozkowski
Running time: 11 minutes

In his short film, Casimir Nozkowski investigates the history of his unique childhood home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Details he never paid attention to as a kid now offer a passage into the building’s past: a synagogue, a raincoat factory, a home, an art gallery. What next? In the ever-changing landscape of New York City, 70 Hester Street provides a window into the repurposed, the forgotten, and the unique feeling of being “home.”

Special Guests: Introduction by Director Julie Cohen and Director Casimir Nozkowski

Special Event: Following the screenings, a separately ticketed Russ & Daughters Brunch and Book Talk by Mark Russ Federman, author of Russ & Daughters: Reflections and Recipes from the House That Herring Built, will take place at Hamilton Hall. Federman will be interviewed by Dr. Jonathan Deutsch, Ph. D., Director of the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management at Drexel University.

Sponsored By: Jane and Joe Goldblum, Ellyn and Seth Lehr, National Museum of American Jewish History

Community Partner: Feinstein Center for American Jewish History