L Awards

BEST DOCUMENTARY/ AUDIENCE AWARD Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival (2007)
SPECIAL MENTION Jewish Experience Award/ Jury Prize, Jerusalem International Film Festival (2007)

L Selected Festival Screenings

Mid-Island Y JCC (2017)
Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2015)
Farthest North Jewish Film Festival (2013)
Southwest Florida Jewish Film Festival (2013)
JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival (2012)

Florida Atlantic University Jewish Kultur Festival (2012)
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival (2012)
Minneapolis Jewish Humor Festival (2012)
Buffalo Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Hamptons Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (2009)
Jewish Museum of Maryland (2009)
Savannah Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival (2009)
Mexico International Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Dayton Jewish International Film Festival (2008)
Seattle Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Baltimore Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Pacific Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Pittsburgh Jewish Israeli Festival (2008)
Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2008)

Tucson Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Miami Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Denver Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Sacramento Jewish Film Festival (2008)

Phoenix Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Austin Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Santa Fe Film Festival (2008)
New Jersey Jewish Film Festival (2008)
Vancouver International Jewish Film Festival (2008)
  Rochester Jewish Film Festival (2008)
  São Paulo Jewish Film Festival (2008)
NCJW Jewish Women's Film Festival, New York (2008)
JCC Manhattan (2008)
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (2007)
Jerusalem International Film Festival (2007)
Woodstock Film Festival (2007)
Boston Jewish Film Festival (2007)
London Jewish Film Festival (2007)
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival (2007)
PREMIERE Silverdocs/ AFI Discovery Channel Documentary Festival (2007)

L Synopsis

Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century — Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Hosted by four of today’s funniest women — Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Cory Kahaney, and Jessica Kirson — it's the true saga of what it means to be Jewish, female and funny.

"What is it that makes funny Jewish women so funny…and so Jewish? Is it a nose wrinkled just so, accompanied by a devilishly sexy grin or a jolting and sarcastic punch line? Is it the acerbic humor of generations of immigrant and first-generation women who fought for a place in America with their brains and their wit, and at the same time needed to make a living? Making Trouble celebrates three generations who, for all of the reasons above, successfully went from vaudeville and the Yiddish theatre to Broadway, from Ziegfeld’s Follies to Saturday Night Live." -San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

L Critical Acclaim

“Empowering, side-splitting laughs …" – Kansas City Jewish Chronicle

“Hilarious and instructive…" – Bay Area Reporter

"More please!"– JewSchool

"...the film is like a standing ovation for performers who have earned one."
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online\

" This is a seriously funny film... Rich in entertainment history, the film uses interviews with experts, scholars and entertainers as well as archival material and rare film and television clips to bring to life these female comedic legends." -JewishBoston.com

L Credits

Director/Producer: Rachel Talbot
Executive Producer: Gail T. Reimer
Produced by: Jewish Women's Archive
Editor: Philip Shane
Music: Joel Goodman

L External Links

Making Trouble Video Clips from the Cutting Room Floor | Watch Tovah Feldshuh on Sophie Tucker, Alex Borstein on Gilda Radner's beauty, Adrienne Cooper on Molly Picon, and Wendy Wasserstein on Jewish entertainers.
Official Website: makingtrouble.com
More on the Jewish Women's Archive and on the making of the film.
Discussion Guide
View Trailer

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Making Trouble:
Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women

2006, USA, 85 minutes, Color

Directed by Rachel Talbot
Produced by the Jewish Women's Archive

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