This Sunday evening the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center’s Summer Institute screens a powerful documentary, Four Seasons Lodge: Survival of the Joyous, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
In 1979, nearly 100 German and Polish survivors of Nazi death camps created a sprawling retreat in New York’s Catskill Mountains, calling it the Four Seasons Lodge. Members of this unique community gathered for decades to celebrate with good food, all-night dancing, and raucous poker games.
From the darkness of Europe’s death camps to the lush mountains of New York’s Catskills, the documentary captures the final season of this community of survivors. Directed by New York Times journalist Andrew Jacobs and photographed by a team of cinematographers led by Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), Four Seasons Lodge is a counterintuitive film about the Holocaust, one that captures the Lodgers’ intoxicating passion for living, in bracing contrast to lives harrowed by loss. The documentary is about tightly-bonded friendships and the quest for inner peace in spite of haunting memories, as experienced through irresistibly compelling people and the richness of their intensely close lives.
The evening will include an appearance by the film’s producer, Matt Lavine, whose resume includes coproducing the award-winning film, Tying the Knot, as well as producing reality and lifestyle series for television, and ten years of experience in management at nonprofit media arts and education organizations. For details, call 508-693-0745.