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.
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.
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.
Official Selection / North American Premiere
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2017
October 20th and 21st at Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe
Arpa International Film Festival
November 4th at Egyptian Theatre
Vancouver Jewish Film Centre - 29th Annual Film Festival Nov 2-12, 2017
November 4th at Fifth Avenue Cinemas
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
November 8th at Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale- Formerly Cinema Paradiso
November 9th at Cinema Paradiso Hollywood
Boston Jewish Film Festival
November 18th at Somerville Theatre
Spring 2018 dates are forthcoming.