WILT CHAMBERLAIN: BORSCHT BELT BELLHOP

Directed by Caroline Laskow and Ian Rosenberg

An unexplored and pivotal chapter in the life of one of basketballs greatest players, and a fascinating glimpse of a time when a very different era of basketball met the Borscht Belt in its heyday. Watch Video

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About Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop

Film Summary

In 1954, before his senior year of high school, Wilt Chamberlain took a summer job that would change his life. He worked as a bellhop at Kutshers Country Club, a Jewish resort in the Catskill Mountains. By day he was making 2 dollars an hour and getting great tips from the awestruck guests as he lifted their luggage through a second floor window while standing outside on the ground.

At night, he played on the Kutshers basketball team and was coached hard by the resorts athletic director, the soon-to-be legendary Red Auerbach. Mixing rarely-seen archival video and interviews with people who lived and worked with Wilt during that magical summer, this documentary short reveals an unexplored and pivotal chapter in the life of one of basketballs greatest players, and a fascinating glimpse of a time when a very different era of basketball met the Borscht Belt in its heyday.

Caroline Laskow, Ian Rosenberg

Caroline and Ian have been documenting the Borscht Belt since 2007, when they began filming Welcome to Kutshers: The Last Catskills Resort. This feature documentary, about the heyday and decline of a legendary, Dirty Dancing-style hotel, premiered as the closing night selection of the New York Jewish Film Festival at Lincoln Center in 2012.

Carolines previous directing credits include the yoga documentary Ashtanga, NY which premiered in 2003 at the Tribeca Film Festival; and the narrative short "Not A F***ing Blonde" which premiered at the San Francisco Asian-American Film Festival in 2006.

In addition to her film work, Caroline writes about going gray at fromthetipoftheiceberg.blogspot.com and is co-author of the upcoming cookbook "Soup Club," which will be published by Random House in 2014.

Ian received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for producing the HBO documentary "Finishing Heaven," directed by Mark Mann. Ian is cofounder of the multi-media arts collective OVO, for which he produced the 2006 documentary "Worlds Best Prom." For OVO, he has directed the Off-Off Broadway premieres of "Hold," "Portland," "Rubberville" and "Love Research" and the video installation "Grand Street."

Caroline and Ian are married and live with their two children on the Lower East Side in New York. "Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop" is their second directing collaboration.

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