On its Final Night, Streit’s Doc Aims for Added Screenings Across the City

Posted on: April 26th, 2016 at 4:35 pm by
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It seems the new documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, really struck a chord with local audiences. On the last day of its run at the Film Forum, filmmaker Michael Levine tells us that it’s been a great success. The screenings were all full.

“Shows have been packed the last few days, which was unexpected given that the Passover holiday,” Levine says. “But we’ve been getting a very diverse crowd that seems to be really connecting with the gentrification angle, which is really good to see.”

Tonight’s final 8pm show will likely be no different. Though, it’s no less special. We’re told that if tonight draws a big enough success, Matzo and the American Dream will likely get picked up by other theaters for an extended run.

“Tonight was planned to be the last night in theaters, but if we get enough people to come out to Film Forum and show their support tonight, it looks like we could keep the film running here in the city, and maybe even beyond, so it’s a huge night for the film. And I’m so excited to have workers from the factory at the screening tonight – so much of this film is really about all of them.”

There will be Q&A with Levine and factory workers after the show, plus free matzo for all in attendance. You can buy tickets here.

One of said worker’s speaking at tonight’s screening will be Angelo Curto, the longtime mechanic at Streit’s, who had the daunting task of keeping five floors of century-old machinery running year-round. Born in Italy, Angelo came to the America with his family at the age of eleven and worked with his father in their family construction business. Later, Angelo worked for a food company in Brooklyn for a number of years until they were bought up by a large corporation and moved upstate.

Fortuitously, he met Streit’s owner Aron Yagoda around the same time, and after becoming friends, Angelo was hired to keep the factory’s aging machinery in line. When the family sold the facility last year, they immediately recruited Angelo to join them at the new factory, currently under construction in Rockland County.

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