The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh - Mel Brooks saluting


7:00 p.m.
Followed by a video Q&A with director Ferne Pearlstein

THE LAST LAUGH dares to ask: “Are we allowed to joke about the Holocaust?”

This outrageously funny and thought-provoking film puts the question to legends and critical thinkers including Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, and many others (including survivors), offering fresh insights into the Holocaust and whatelse—9/11, AIDS, racism—is or isn’t off-limits in a society that prizes freedom of speech. After screening at over 100 festivals (including Tribeca, HotDocs, Traverse City, BFI London, Rome, IDFA), and Certified Fresh at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes, THE LAST LAUGH was released theatrically in March 2017 and broadcast in April 2017(Independent Lens/PBS) where it was runner-up for this season’s Audience Award.

About the filmmaker

Ferne Pearlstein, a graduate of Stanford University’s Master’s Program in Documentary Film, is a prize-winning cinematographer, editor and writer/director whose work has won numerous awards and been screened and broadcast around the world. Pearlstein’s previous feature documentary, “Sumo East and West,” about Westerners in Sumo, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and aired on PBS’s Independent Lens. In 2004 Pearlstein won the Sundance Cinematography Prize for her work on “Imelda,” a feature documentary about the former first lady, Imelda Marcos. She is one of only a handful of female cinematographers featured in Kodak’s long-running “On Film” ad campaign in the pages of American Cinematographer magazine.

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