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Schwartz has produced and edited numerous films, often alongside her husband and frequent collaborator Yale Strom. Additionally, she is the subject of Romanian filmmaker Radu Gabrea's documentary film, "Searching for Schwartz" and was featured in his previous documentaries "Goldfaden's Legacy" and "Romania, Romania".


Film screenings are available based on Elizabeth's schedule, view her calendar of upcoming events to secure your seat.

American Socialist

The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

Bernie Sanders inspired a generation but who inspired him? Yale Strom's new documentary traces the history of American populism by exploring the life and times of Eugene Victor Debs, the man whose progressive ideas fueled generations to come from FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. Here is an objective but passionate history of the movement as founded and championed by Debs, a movement that continues to have an impact on our lives today.

Eugene Victor Debs stands hunched over a crowd with his arms up emphatically, with a background of a newspaper saying "Debs Is Free"

A Letter to Wedgewood

The Gabriella Hartstein Auspitz Story

Gabriella Hartstein was the child selected in 1922 Czechoslovakia to greet British Colonel (later Lord) Josiah Wedgwood who discussed Christian Zionist support for a Jewish State. In 1938, following the invasion of Czechoslovakia by German-backed Hungarian fascists, Gabriella appealed successfully to Wedgwood for help. The film describes the Central European milieu in which Gabriella grew into adulthood.

Gabriella Hartstein smiles at the camera as a yong girl wearing a hat and fur coat with a high collar

A Great Day on Eldridge Street

On October 12, 2007 over 100 Klezmer musicians and Yiddish singers gathered on the steps of New York City's Eldridge Street Synagogue for a unique photo shoot. Brought together from all over the world were the most influential Klezmer artists today! Artists ranged from Theodore Bikel to John Zorn. This film chronicles this musical weekend, both as a celebration of Klezmer music and Yiddish song as well as the revival of Klezmer as the main soundtrack of Jewish culture today through its pathos and humor.

A large group of people look up and smile for a photo in front of the Eldridge Street Synagogue's doors

Romania! Romania!

Romanian director Radu Gabrea traveles to New York to delve into a specific aspect of Klezmer music: the Romanian Doyna. Gabrea interviews musicians and experts, e.g. Yale Strom, Elisabeth Schwartz, Ze'ev Feldman, Andy Statman, Michael Alpert a.o. Together they explore the mutual influences between Romanian, gypsy and Jewish music in the old country, the similarities between the Romanian Doyna and the Klezmer Doyna influenced by the musical modes of the synagogue and cantorial music.

Photo 1: Elizabeth Schwartz sings with eyes closed and lips pursed at the microphone. Photo 2: Yale Strom sings on stage while playing his violin with a fellow violinist

A Man from Munkacks

The Gypsy Klezmer

A Man From Munkacs: The Gypsy Klezmer explores the symbiotic relationship between the Rom and Jews who lived together before and after World War Two in the Carpathian region. The film examines how this persecuted group (the Rom) saved Jewish folk music until it could be returned to the Jews. We learn about Gyula Galombosi, a Rom virtuoso violinist who traveled throughout the Soviet Union playing classical, Rom, Russian and klezmer music until his death in1986. His hometown was Munkacs and in this hometown lived the Jakubowicz family. Ferenc (Feri) Jakubowicz was the first Jewish child born after the Holocaust in Munkacs, which was cause for great celebration - Jewish life was being renewed.

A bearded man in a black hat an coat holds a microphone near his mouth as he sits in front of the piano

Klezmer on Fish Street

The Klezmaniacs are an American klezmer ensemble who were booked to play in Krakow as part of a festival of Jewish music held there; vocalist Shira Shazeer invited her grandmother, Alta Frohman, a Polish Jew who survived the Holocaust, to accompany the group as a translator, and filmmaker Yale Strom tagged along with a small camera crew. The documentary Klezmer on Fish Street is a record of their experiences, as Strom and The Klezmaniacs examine Poland, the legacy of Jewish culture in a nation without Jews, and the commercial exploitation of the Holocaust while Frohman struggles to find evidence of the Poland she knew as a girl.

An old black and white photo depicts a Klezmer quartet made up of a french horn player, clairinet, and two string instruments

L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!

Filmmaker Yale Strom travels by train to Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region, once proclaimed a haven for the country's Semitic populations but, in reality, now more of a barren landscape. Strom is accompanied by a translator/bodyguard who denies the existence of anti-Semitism while muttering racist statements along the way. Archival and contemporary footage shows the chaotic past, present and possible futures of a region whose identity is still unclear.

A group of young boys stand in the doorway annex of a classroom, to the right is a blackboard and signage with Hebrew

Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years

This film tells the story of Zev Godinger a proste yid, or simple Jew, living in the Carpathian mountains in the Ukraine. Zev has a special and rather harmonious friendship with his Gypsy neighbors. Carpati captures the unique melodies and cadences created by communities of outsiders in this region. In 1931, when Godinger was just a boy, the Carpathian area was part of Czechoslovakia and the Jews - mostly poor farmers - numbered a quarter million. Today fewer than 1,500 reside there, and by the year 2000 their community will likely die out. Director Yale Strom uncovers the last stronghold of Jewish life in a region once vibrant with a melting pot of thriving cultures. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

An older gentleman with a cap rests his chin against a large torah scroll, staring off into the distance

The Last Klezmer

Leopold Kozlowski, His Life & Music

Klezmer music, sometimes called Jewish "soul" music, has a rich and lengthy past, and now, a revitalized future. This festive Jewish band music originated in pre-World War II Poland, but now resonates in a cultural and musical revival all across America. The Last Klezmer looks at one of the pioneers of this music, a remarkable, 69-year-old man named Leopold Kozlowski. An actor and musical consultant in Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List, Kozlowski is the last active Klezmer musician trained in the original, prewar tradition.

This spirited documentary follows Kozlowski as he returns, for the first time in fifty years, to the Polish village where he was raised. As this charming and moving film shows, both Kozlowski and his music have survived and remain vibrant and inspiring.

A young boy (Leopold) stands with his violin and bow resting in his hands, with a piano and sheet music behind him
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