KOCH THE MAN THE MAYOR THE MOVIE HOT DOG INCLUDED
On Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in
Rumson will host a screening of the film, Koch, a documentary about former Mayor Ed
Koch. The film, by Wall Street Journal reporter Neil Barsky, provides a contemporary
history of the world’s greatest city and an intimate portrait of the former mayor as he
confronts his own mortality and legacy. Though candid and colorful interviews, rare
archival footage and photographs, this documentary takes the viewer on a journey back
to a time when the city was beset by near bankruptcy, high crime and graffiti and
chronicles how Koch gave the city its morale back.
Although he planned to make a historical movie, Barsky found Koch to be more
compelling as a modern character. “He opened himself and gave us carte-blanche
access to his life. Cameras followed the Mayor as he made breakfast at his Greenwich
Village apartment, celebrated Yom Kippur with his family and even visited his already
designed tombstone, “ said Barsky. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “highly
entertaining, and at times quite moving,” the film also delves into deeply personal issues
and reveals an honest portrait of this intensely private man.
The film at 1 hour 35 minutes is in high definition color. An official selection at
many film festivals around the country, the film won the 2013 Audience Award for best
documentary at the Hartford Jewish Film Festival and played for seven weeks at the
Angelika Film Center in New York. This is the first time the film is being screened in
Monmouth County. Don’t miss it.
The fee is $10 for CBI members and $15 for non-members and includes a NY
style hot dog and “fixins.” Seating is limited so reservations are requested by August 10.
Register online at www.cbirumson.org or call 732-842-1800.
Founded in 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel is a multi-generational, egalitarian,
Conservative synagogue, dedicated to serving the religious, cultural and educational
needs of its members. Located at 171 Ridge Road, Rumson, NJ, the synagogue
currently serves over three hundred families from many towns in Monmouth and Ocean
Counties. The film is being sponsored by the synaogogue’s library committee and