Alison Chernick’s documentary, “Itzhak” recently won it’s fourth AUDIENCE AWARD at the Rochester Jewish Film Festival. The film’s previous wins include the Miami Jewish Film Festival 2018, the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2018, and the Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2018.
From Schubert to Strauss, Bach to Brahms, Mozart to Billy Joel, Itzhak Perlman’s violin playing transcends mere performance to evoke the celebrations and struggles of real life. Alison Chernick’s enchanting documentary looks beyond the sublime musician to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel, and the young man who struggled to be taken seriously. Itzhak himself is funny, irreverent and self-deprecating, and here his life story unspools in conversations with masterful musicians, family and friends, and most endearingly his devoted wife of 50 years. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, ITZHAK is a portrait of musical virtuosity seamlessly enclosed in warmth, humor and, above all, love.
“ITZHAK is a joyous film about a joyous man.”
– Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
“‘Itzhak” documentary is available for rent/purchase on both iTunes and Amazon.