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...the film achieves its entertaining tension between humor and pathos through its carefully drawn sense of place...
— Ben Crandell, Sun Sentinel
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PINSKY WINS BEST FEATURE

The North American premiere of PINSKY was at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival on October 20th, where the film was awarded Best Narrative Feature by the jury. 

The festival also awarded a lifetime achievement award to John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, the filmmakers behind American classics like LONE STAR and MEN WITH GUNS.

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ABOUT AMANDA

Amanda Lundquist is a director and writer. Her first narrative feature, Pinsky, is a belated coming of age comedy about a Russian-American queer woman. The film is currently on a festival tour in the United States. 

Lundquist is a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, where she's developing a television series and second feature with her collaborator, Rebecca Karpovsky. She directs commercials and branded content for MoFilms and independent brands. She recently shot a short film, Retreat, which is in post-production. 

Prior to directing,  she worked in post-production for A&E, PBS, NBC, Discovery and AMC

She graduated from Hampshire College, where she started working for the Yiddish Book Center's Oral History Project, traveling the United States to interview people about the Eastern European Jewish language called Yiddish. She heard many stories, from the children of Yiddish writers, to Holocaust survivors, to Leonard Nimoy. Yes, he spoke Yiddish. While collecting personal stories that touched on language, identity and family, she began developing her sensibility for character-based filmmaking.  She works extensively with actors to develop vivid characters and stories. 

She lives in New York.

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PINSKY WORLD PREMIERE  

PINSKY premiered at the renowned MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in 2017, to packed and lively audiences. Following the premiere, the film's Fall 2017 tour has included the SANTA FE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL, ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL, VANCOUVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL,  VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL and ODESSA JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL.

DATES:

Official Selection / North American Premiere
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2017
October 20th and 21st at Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe

Official Selection
Arpa International Film Festival
November 4th at Egyptian Theatre

Official Selection
Vancouver Jewish Film Centre - 29th Annual Film Festival Nov 2-12, 2017
November 4th at Fifth Avenue Cinemas

Official Selection
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 8th at Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale- Formerly Cinema Paradiso
November 9th at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood

Official Selection
Boston Jewish Film Festival
November 18th at Somerville Theatre
 

Spring 2018 dates are forthcoming.

In Pinksy, an impressive and lively debut from director Amanda Lundquist and writer/star Rebecca Karpovsky, we have a keyhole into Russian-American life. It’s a combustive and comical look at generational gaps, the disintegration of tradition with every new grandchild, and the difficulty in which a queer woman has to navigate familial pressures. It packs a loving whack upside the head at how our family’s ideals can mess us up.
— Meredith Alloway, Filmmaker Magazine
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