The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase presents Writer/Director Amanda Lundquist and Writer/Producer/Actor Rebecca Karpovsky, who will appear for a Q+A with the audience following the opening night screening of their film PINSKY at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct 12.
Sophia Pinsky has the semblance of an adult life; a job, partner and an apartment. But with her grandfather's sudden death and a girlfriend who dumps her, it all starts to unravel. Sophia's tyrannical, controlling Russian grandmother Marina capitalizes on Sophia's insecurities and guilt, luring her to move back into the family's modest apartment while conspiring to marry her off to Trevor, a nice boring Jewish boy who works in a lab studying varicose veins. There's only one problem...Sophia isn't interested in guys! Sophia ends up at a comedy club after a disastrous date with Trevor. Sobbing over the dismal state of her life, something happens that she doesn't expect; people laugh at her jokes. She starts to hang out with new friends she meets there. They commiserate over feeling like aliens everywhere except at the club. All the family dysfunction comes to a head during an explosive Shabbat dinner, full of unexpected surprises. Can Sophia learn to accept herself and find a new family of friends while learning to forgive the one she was born into? Written By Rebecca Karpovsky and Amanda Lundquist
Writer and director, Amanda Lundquist, is keeping it in the family for her first narrative feature and directorial debut, co-writing Pinsky with her childhood buddy Rebecca "Rebbe" Karpovsky. She's worked as a non-fiction video editor for PBS' On Story series, as well as programming for A+E, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and Ken Burns' Florentine Films. She's currently working on production and post-production for the Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project, traveling around the U.S. to collect video interviews about an Eastern European Jewish language called Yiddish. She co-founded Lipschtick, a borscht-belt inspired performance group, with Karpovsky in 2011. Her work in non-fiction storytelling makes Pinsky a fictionalized narrative about very true things.
Rebecca is a writer, actor, and producer currently residing in New York City. After graduating from Scripps College with a B.A. in Media Studies, she has worked for the Incentives Program at the Texas Film Commission and in accounting for Paramount Pictures. In Austin, She co-founded Lipschtick (awarded "Best Schtickers 2012" by the Austin Chronicle) with her co-writer Amanda “Schmaltz” Lundquist, producing short films and live performances. In Lipschtick, Karpovsky experimented with her love of creating intricate characters that were based on tradition, family and true stories. That collaboration grew into their feature screenplay debut, Pinsky.