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EGG CREAM: Film Screening & Talk About the Iconic Soda Drink

April 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“A warm-hearted plunge into the alchemical swirl of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer that is the egg cream.” – Road Food
“A warm-hearted plunge into the alchemical swirl of chocolate syrup, milk, and seltzer that is the egg cream.” – Road Food

Nora Claire Miller, Peter Miller & Amy Linton | 15 minutes | 2020

What do we know about the 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. Filmmaking father-daughter duo Peter and Nora Claire Miller together examine the Jewish experience in America through a tour of egg cream establishments. Join the Museum at Eldridge Street for a talk with them about their search for the best egg cream in New York, a debatable origin story about the egg cream, and more!

Watch the trailer here.

An email from slo@eldridgestreet.org will be sent on Monday, April 5 to view the film online (available from April 5 at 12:00 p.m. ET through April 9 at 11:59 p.m. ET)

NORA CLAIRE MILLER is a poet from New York City, currently living in Iowa City. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tagvverk, The Brooklyn Review, APARTMENT, Pulpmouth, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, LULL, won the 2019 Ghost Proposal Chapbook Contest. Nora earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. EGG CREAM is her first film. More info at noraclairemiller.com

PETER MILLER is an Emmy and Peabody-award winning filmmaker whose documentaries have screened in cinemas and on television throughout the world. His films include A.K.A. DOC POMUS, JEWS AND BASEBALL: AN AMERICAN LOVE STORY, SACCO AND VANZETTI, and THE INTERNATIONALE. With Carlos Sandoval, he made A CLASS APART for PBS’s American Experience, now being adapted as a feature film executive produced by Eva Longoria. Peter co-directed ROBERT SHAW: MAN OF MANY VOICES, about the celebrated conductor, winner of three Emmy Awards, for PBS American Masters. He co-wrote and produced Ken Rosenberg’s BEDLAM, about the crisis in care for people with severe mental illness, which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, aired on PBS Independent Lens, and is a finalist for a duPont-Columbia journalism award. With his daughter Nora Claire Miller, he recently completed EGG CREAM, a short film about the beloved chocolate soda drink.

Peter has been a producer on numerous documentaries by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, including the PBS series THE WAR and JAZZ, as well as the Peabody Award winning FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT. He has served in producing roles on landmark documentaries including THE UPRISING OF ’34, PASSIN’ IT ON, the Academy Award winning AMERICAN DREAM, and many other celebrated films. He is currently collaborating with filmmakers Peggy Stern and Justin Schein on DO NO HARM, a documentary series about the Palliative Care movement in medicine, and is directing and producing MARCELLA, a biography of the legendary food writer, Marcella Hazan.

AMY LINTON has edited numerous award-winning films including Julie Dash’s landmark DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, a Sundance winner which had the honor of being selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Amy has continued her collaboration with Julie Dash on projects for Showtime and PBS. She has worked on dozens of documentaries, feature films, and music videos in her 30-year career, including GOIN’ TO CHICAGO, THE ADVENTURES OF OCIEE NASH, Academy Award nominee BUILDING BOMBS and David Zeiger’s P.O.V. film, THE BAND. She has collaborated with Peter Miller as editor of THE INTERNATIONALE, editor and producer of SACCO AND VANZETTI, editor and associate producer of JEWS AND BASEBALL, which won the award for best editing at the Breckenridge Festival of Film, as well as editor and associate producer of AKA DOC POMUS, PROJECTIONS OF AMERICA, and ROBERT SHAW: MAN OF MANY VOICES, and editor and co-producer of EGG CREAM.