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A documentary about the inspired owner-operators who keep the mouth-watering food and tradition of Jewish deli in America alive. Read more

New York, NY Documentary
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This project was successfully funded on December 6, 2013.

A documentary about the inspired owner-operators who keep the mouth-watering food and tradition of Jewish deli in America alive.

New York, NY Documentary
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About this project

     We love movies. They transport us, educate us, inspire us. But to move a film from its point of conception to film festival audiences and beyond is a long, expensive process. Along this road, DELI MAN has to date completed its principal photography – with perhaps an additional interview and some pickups remaining – and is currently well into its editing and post-production phases. It’s exciting to anticipate our upcoming completion and potential exhibition slate, but... To get there, I – as the doccie’s Producer and Director - first need to insure the film’s i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed. Your generous support goes directly to squaring away our remaining editing costs, to launching Frank London and his inspired ensemble into the studio to record our musical score, to licensing the expensive trove of archival film and photographs which document the early days as well as heyday of American deli culture and their neighborhoods, and to covering the costs of the color correction and final music mix necessary to deliver DELI MAN to a distributor. We’ve just launched our website – www.delimanmovie.com - so please visit us there as well as on Facebook to read more about the film, and to keep abreast of updates. Jewish delis, despite their threatened numbers, remain a vital intersection for delicious food, schmoozing and storytelling, and reclaiming the lost art of neighborhood. DELI MAN is indebted to the many generous deli owner-operators who have opened their stores and stories to us – and to an amazing and talented crew. 

Thanks to the Klezmatics for their beautiful music.

A very special thanks to Jay Parker and Ben's Best in Rego Park, Queens, for their extraordinary generosity - and sense of humor! - in playing host to our Kickstarter video production. Thanks also for a delicious lunch!

Risks and challenges

It’s never easy to make a film. It’s tougher to make a good film. And despite some of the exciting new opportunities for digital distribution, in a crowded marketplace it can be challenging to find one’s audience. I’ve had solid success in placing some previous documentaries whose subjects range from Jewish sacred music (“A Cantor’s Tale”) to college football (“8 - Ivy League Football and America”) with film festivals and public television. There seems to be a hungry audience for deli food out there, and in addition to traditional venues there are wonderful opportunities to interface film screenings with cooking demonstrations and community-based events and discussions.

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    At this level of generous support, each backer will receive all of the above, a Deli Gift Basket including Kenny & Ziggy's mustard, 1 lb. pastrami and rugelach, plus a full Associate Producer credit in the film!

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    Oy vey! At this level of generous support, each backer will receive all of the above, plus Ziggy Gruber will come to your house erev Shabbes to make kosher gumbo and rugelach. Erik will accompany to make Kiddush!

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