Drew Friedman: Vermeer of the Borscht Belt
A documentary about artist Drew Friedman
"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." —Sarah Silverman
"The Thomas Nast of our time." —Slate
"Friedman's liver-spots-'n'-wrinkles style of cartoon realism is completely mesmerizing." —Entertainment Weekly
For years, artist Drew Friedman has chronicled a strange, alternate universe populated by forgotten Hollywood stars, old Jewish comedians and liver-spotted elevator operators. Vermeer of the Borscht Belt is an in-depth documentary tracing Friedman's evolution from underground comics to the cover of the New Yorker.
"In a world that's increasingly driven by media hype, it's refreshing to find an individual voice who's willing to stick up for the odd and the outrageous."
Friedman grew up amid the New York literary scene of his father, writer Bruce Jay Friedman, but he was more at home with the Three Stooges, Car 54 and MAD magazine.
“Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” traces fifty years of American popular culture through the unique lens of Drew Friedman.
We'll watch as he transforms a rough sketch into a full color painting.
And we'll go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Friedman's private “Jewseum” perhaps the world's largest collection of artifacts devoted exclusively to Jewish comedians.