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The Filmmaker’s Mother

Follow-up documentary explores complex mother-daughter relationship

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Gayle Kirschenbaum and her mother.(Kickstarter)

Gayle Kirschenbaum’s short film, 2007’s My Nose, and the follow-up, My Nose: The Bigger Version, are two different kinds of documentaries. In the first, the Emmy-winning filmmaker Kirschenbaum turned the camera around to document her relationship with her mother, who since adolescence has relentlessly pressured Kirschenbaum to get a nose job. If this lighthearted short depicted an extreme version of an unfortunately common battle between mothers and daughters over looks—or, more poignantly, between Jewish mothers and daughters over Semitic-style noses—the feature-length documentary, currently in post-production, becomes a broader examination of the complex relationship between the two women.

It’s like therapy, Kirschenbaum’s mother explains of the longer project, which was filmed in the years since My Nose was released and which Kirschenbaum is hoping to complete with the help of donations. Moving from what Kirschenbaum described to me as a “pretty brutal” relationship with her mother that began at a young age, the film chronicles their reconciliatory journey—which, true to her mother’s word, included therapy sessions. Now they speak at least once a day and have traveled extensively together, a pursuit that would seem to entail quite a lot of one-on-one time for the once-combative pair.

I asked Kirschenbaum what her mother thought about her portrayal in the short film, in which she comes across as a particularly cruel breed of critical mother, referring to Kirschenbaum’s nose as a “schnoz-ola” and comparing her profile to the Buffalo nickel. “My mother is who she is,” she told me, adding that her mother didn’t think she came off poorly.

For Kirschenbaum, the film is an honest depiction of her struggle to find her own identity while coming to terms with her mother’s physical critiques and, finally, understanding and embracing her mother. But it’s also a resource for others who have similarly critical individuals in their lives, she insists. She is campaigning for the opportunity to bring the film to completion (donations welcomed here). Here’s a look at the teaser:

My Nose: The Bigger Version (Teaser) from Gayle Kirschenbaum on Vimeo.

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Gayle ,I am The Secretary General of the WPBF World Professional Boxing Federation. Main Executive offices are in Beijing China. China is the fastest growing Middle Class on the planet. The reason President David Young of The WPBF- USBC, & Chinese Olympic Board chose me as Secretary General , was to to fact I successfully promoted 22 ” PEACE In The MIDDLE- EASTtm” Prizefights in Israel. All my Prizefights had Israeli’s VS. Palestinian’s, never had a Boxing Show where The Prizefights did not show Respect & Love for each other, After the Prizefight was over. The Gladiators always hug. Mutual respect in a certain manner. Bottom line: ” I have 5 little grandchildren living in Jerusalem, & I would rather see the Israeli’s & Palestinian’s Punch each other with 10 oz. Leather gloves, than Shoot each other. The Big Idea: Documentary: of The Prizefighters in Beijing, & my Israeli & Arab Boxers . Interviews with their families , Politicians, the whole 9 yards. Gayle as a Film Maker , I can get you interviews behind the scenes , no one has access too. ” Keep On Punchin’ “.

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On The Trail with Gayle is brilliant NYC film making . We love Shnazola it makes Jimmy ” The Schnoz” Durante look like a Choir Boy. We here at Rolling Thunder Pro., Inc. Never miss a schnozzle . Gayle’s New York City humor is bitingly funny. We never ever watch Gayle’s films without a tissue, better yet a Hanky panicky. “Right On” is what Don King commented. When Gayle was interviewed on “WISEGUYS BLACKGUYS & RABBIStm” The staff went wild. Gayle you Rock. We adored Your Dog Movie & your film on Midget’s & Dwarf’s . We enjoyed your film on “Pit bulls & Dwarfs”. Mike Tyson ” Aaron Midgets & Pit Bulls was better than” Gone With The Wind. Whatever ” Iron” Mike Tyson says at a film opening, I tend to agree. Mike is Mike& we all know Tyson disdain’s criticsm. We all fell off the chairs rollicking with dangerous Big Apple humor. The only person who had a negative comment was Woody. Woody ” I dislike Pitbulls & distakn Midgets. Woody goes on a tirade about allergies or sumtin’.


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The Filmmaker’s Mother

Follow-up documentary explores complex mother-daughter relationship

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