Sukkah City : an ancient structure gets a modern makeover/
First Run Features presents a documentary directed, produced, edited, photographed by Jason Hutt.
New York, NY : First Run Features, [2014]
1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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New York, NY : First Run Features, [2014]
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The historical sukkah -- Reimagining the sukkah -- The first six finalists -- Discussion and compromise -- Competitors -- Beginning construction -- Getting there -- Finishing construction -- Installation night -- Exhibit opening -- Sukkah City People's Choice Award.
credits note
Photographed by Jason Hutt ; edited by Jason Hutt ; music, Mark Orton.
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Bonus Shorts: (Yeshiva Boys; Importance of Competitions; Submission Board Strategy)
Full screen (1.33:1).
Originally produced by Oxbow Lake Films ©2013.
Special features: additional scenes from the competition and exhibition; Design gallery: submission board slideshow; previews of other First Run Features films.
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Joshua Foer, Roger Bennett, Paul Goldberger, Thom Mayne, Ron Arad, Maira Kalman, Michael Arad.
When best-selling author Joshua Foer began to build his first sukkah, a small hut that Jews build and dwell in every fall for the holiday of Sukkot, he wanted to move beyond the generic plywood boxes and canvas tents that have become the unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the Bible outlines the basic parameters for what a sukkah should look like and how it should function, it leaves plenty of room for variation and interpretation. Foer thought what if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? What would they come up with? And so was born the design competition known as Sukkah City in Union Square Park, in the heart of New York City. Chronicling the competition, the film goes behind the scenes during construction, exhibition, and judging to provide an entertaining and inspiring portrait of the project's visionary architects and structures, and an exciting, singular moment in the American Jewish experience.
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In English, with optional English subtitles.
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Rating: Not rated.
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DVD, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; NTSC.

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