SPOTLIGHT

LAST LAUGH

Directed by Ferne Pearlstein
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 89 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE LAST LAUGH
Is the Holocaust funny? Director Ferne Pearlstein (Sumo East and West, Imelda) doesn’t shy away from the taboo topic of humor, delving deep into pop-culture to find out where to draw the line, and whether that is a desirable—or even possible—goal.

The Last Laugh pairs clips from films, performances, and interviews with top comedians and prominent Jewish leaders (including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, Abraham Foxman, and Shalom Auslander) with an intimate portrait of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone, and rare archival footage of cabarets in concentration camps. From this wealth of material, Pearlstein weaves together a complete and thoughtful exploration into the question of what is and is not off-limits in comedy. The answers are as diverse as the subjects she interviews. There is no consensus on which jokes work and which don't, and the film doesn’t take a stance; instead, it invites you to think, to laugh, and to remember, all the while keeping its levity.

—Jule Rozite
Female Director(s), Comedy, Documentary, Female Screenwriter(s)
About the Director(s)
One of a handful of female cinematographers in Kodak's “On Film” campaign for American Cinematographer, Ferne Pearlstein has directed, produced, photographed and/or edited dozens of films including Sumo East and West, Imelda (2004 Sundance Documentary Cinematography Prize), Dita and the Family Business, One More Time and Land of the Blind.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Spotlight
  • Year:
    2016
  • Length:
    89 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    USA
  • Premiere:
    World
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Associate Producer:
    Yelena Rachitsky, Adrienne Collatos
  • Producer:
    Ferne Pearlstein, Robert Edwards, Amy Hobby, Anne Hubbell, Jan Warner
  • Editor:
    Ferne Pearlstein
  • Cinematographer:
    Ferne Pearlstein, Anne Etheridge
  • Director:
    Ferne Pearlstein
  • Cast:
    Renee Firestone, Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Carl Reiner, Gilbert Gottfried, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Alan Zweibel, Abraham Foxman, David Cross, Shalom Auslander, Deb Filler, Hanala Sagal, Roz Weinman, Jake Ehrenreich, Elly Gross
  • Co-Producer:
    Anne Etheridge, Dori Stegman
  • Screenwriter:
    Robert Edwards, Ferne Pearlstein
  • Director of Photography:
    Ferne Pearlstein

Contacts
  • International Sales Contact
    Amy Hobby
    Tangerine Entertainment
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 917 402 1666
    Hob@Tang-ent.com
  • US Sales Contact
    Amy Hobby
    Tangerine Entertainment
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 917 402 1666
    Hob@Tang-ent.com
  • Print Source
    Amy Hobby
    Tangerine Entertainment
    New York, NY 10001
    Phone: 917 402 1666
    Hob@Tang-ent.com
  • Publicist
    Courtney Richards
    Falco Ink
    New York, NY 10016
    Phone: 212 445 7100
    courtneyrichards@falcoink.com
  • Press Contact
    Michelle DiMartino
    Falco Ink
    New York, New York 10016
    Phone: 212 445 7100
    michelledimartino@falcoink.com