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Jack Lowe

Directed by Heather Quinlan - a New Yorker who's lived in all five boroughs - If These Knishes Could Talk is a new short documentary exploring the New York accent: what it is, how it's evolved, and the love/hate relationship New Yorkers have with it. "The New York accent is as much a part of this country as those spacious skies and purple mountains majesty. It's the voice of the melting pot, a lingua franca that united immigrants from all over the world, and became the vibrant soundtrack of a charming, unforgiving and enduring city."

Writer Pete Hamill, director Amy Heckerling, and screenwriter James McBride all appear in the documentary, discussing how a toilet becomes a terlet, and why New Yorkers eat chawclate and drink cawfee, as well as revealing a few surprising facts such as why there's no such thing as a Brooklyn accent, and why an Italian like Rudy Giuliani talks like an Irishman. If These Knishes Could Talk is premiering tonight at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and will also be showing at the Hoboken Film Festival and Midtown's Quad Cinema later this year.

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By JOHN LELAND

Homesick for the Catskills resorts of her childhood, the photographer Marisa Scheinfeld returned to the bastions of her past as a trespasser and archaeologist.

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