Congratulations to International Film Circuit and director Aviva Kempner for their film, YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG, which just passed the $1,000,000 box office mark this weekend. No small feat for a documentary about “The most famous woman in America you’ve never heard of,” audiences nationwide obviously agree with the critics who have made this deeply affectionate and engrossing work one of the highest rated films at RottenTomatoes.com for the past four months (it still has a “93” rating). A remarkable portrait of an even more remarkable woman, the film tells the story of Gertrude Berg, a pioneer in radio and television who created TV’s very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949 and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. As Associate Editor Lyn Payne wrote in the Heritage Florida Jewish News, ” Kempner’s film will not only make you fall in love with the indefatigable, charismatic Berg, it will show you the way Jewish Americans–and really, all Americans–lived in the pre- and post-war years.”
For anyone with an interest in entertainment history, Jewish culture, 20th century American history, women’s studies, radio, television, humor, media, the Hollywood Blacklist, and many more themes this joyful and informative doc touches upon, YOO-HOO, MRS. GOLDBERG is a must-see. The film has only 3 more matinee performances locally at Enzian, Tuesday – Thursday at 4:00 PM–you don’t want to miss it!