The true story of a Leon Starkman's unique family odyssey that takes us to Israel and back again.
This short film spans three decades of Starkman "adventures." More like mis-adventures. It is comprised entirely of Super 8 film footage that my father shot from the 1960's to the 80's.
See all the wonderfully embarrassing moments that only Leon could capture.
When we were kids we use to sit down in front of a pull down screen and watch these silent films on a Friday night. As we got older, we were not into the whole family viewing and were embarrassed by my dad's efforts to bring us together. He tried to make titles, but he was way into recycling before it was cool and the letters would never stick to the over used cardboard.
He took the film to Kmart for processing because he liked to save money. Saving money was a big priority for Leon. That's how he sent four kids to college.
Last year, Leon, my dad, had to have yet another back surgery. At 79, I wasn't sure if he was going to make it. I decided to give him a gift. To take all this footage, literally years of reels, convert it and edit into, well, what is here.
I hope you enjoy it as much as he did. He's fine by the way. 80 years old, still has back pain and still insists on riding his bike and as a result fell into a canal last weekend and has to be rescued by two lesbians.
Cinematography: Leon Starkman
Edited by: Judy Starkman
Narrated by: Bill Lagattuta.
Watch this video: http://vimeo.com/27510664