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NYWIFT screening series: The Tollbooth
NYWIFT's Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue (at 2nd Street). There will by a Q&A following the screening, and an after-party with cash bar and complimentary food at Dempsey's Pub, 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Join us for a screening of The Tollbooth, an feature written, directed and produced by NYWIFT member Debra Kirschner. This highly entertaining ensemble film comically explores a Jewish family from Brooklyn through the eyes of Sarabeth Cohen, a struggling painter in her first year out of art school. Sarabeth and her older sisters come of age and question the values of their traditional parents. 

Sarabeth’s first revolutionary act is scoring a job as a waitress and moving across the river to Manhattan. Even though she is less than 10 miles from her parents, she feels like a pioneer—ready to take on the New York art community, and maybe even the world. Though she wants to rebel, she instead learns from her family: her well-meaning but traditional-and-loud-about-it mother; her holocaust-obsessed, philosopher-quoting father; her two sisters, Becky, a lesbian medical student, and the self-sacrificing Raquel; and Raquel’s sweet but misguided husband. She also learns some tough lessons from her boyfriend from art school, who chooses the suburbs, a good job, and an entertainment center over a life filled with uncertainty in New York City.



 Debra Kirschner
wrote, directed and independently produced The Tollbooth, which stars Marla Sokoloff (The Practice), Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), Idina Menzel (Wicked, Glee), and Tovah Feldshuh (Kissing Jessica Stein). Released in 2008, The Tollbooth DVD is distributed by Peace Arch and Castle Hill Productions and is available at major retailers. The film ran theatrically in art houses in New York, Long Island and Florida as well as festivals worldwide. It currently plays on The Jewish Channel and On Demand in Canada. To learn more, visit thetollboothmovie.com. Kirschner has two original pilot scripts in development: Frog Kissers and In Transit. Earlier in her career, she wrote and directed the short film Changing Clothes, which toured festivals around the world. She also collaborated with Emmy-nominated, DGA-winning director Tasha Oldham to write the short film Pickled, which Oldham directed in the AFI Directing Workshop for Women.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are made possible, in part, by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, the New York State Legislature, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation.
Additional co-sponsorship by Tyrone Jackson, Internet Mediate and Entertainment, Inc.


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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts