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Egg Cream

A film by Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller & Amy Linton

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EGG CREAM is a short film about the enduring meaning of a beloved chocolate soda drink born on the Jewish Lower East Side. The egg cream contained neither eggs nor cream—it was a product of necessity and hardship, but a source of joy and sweetness. Through a tour of egg cream establishments led by a filmmaker and his young daughter, exhaustively researched archival imagery (and an eponymous song by Lou Reed!), EGG CREAM examines the Jewish experience in America and the mythology of a simpler time.

“A warm-hearted plunge into the alchemical swirl of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer that is the egg cream. It's a remarkable family saga that includes a daughter's dozen-year egg cream quest from child to adult; and it is a broad cultural story as well, suggesting that the enduring charisma of the iconic corner-store beverage says a lot about the history of Jews in America. Who knew that such a simple drink has such a fantastic personality?” —Road Food

Brings a human touch to a delicious part of Jewish history. What began as an engaging documentary project between a father and daughter emerges as a powerful story of culture and history tied together with the thread of the popular drink, the egg cream. Watching, and wanting to taste, the different versions of the famous egg cream as they were shared on-screen was only the beginning of the fun of this documentary.” San Diego Joyce Forum Jewish Film Festival

Best Documentary, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 
Jury Award,  San Diego Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival
Coney Island Film Festival
Center for American Jewish History
Tucson Jewish Film Festival
Berkshire Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival
National Center for Jewish Film Festival
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Indianapolis Indie Shorts International Film Festival
Austin Jewish Film Festival
Savannah Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival

15 minutes / Color
Release: 2020
Copyright: 2018

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Subject areas:
American Studies, Anthropology (Cultural), Cultural Anthropology, Food, Food & Nutrition, Jewish Studies, History (U.S.), Racism, World War II

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