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Monday, November 21, 2011
92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A With Josh Freed


Josh Freed is a filmmaker who turns the camera on his own love life in his latest film, Five Weddings and a Felony, as he grapples with his fear of commitment while surrounded by friends growing up and getting married. We’re screening the film at 92YTribeca on November 30 and Freed will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

Today, Freed is also the subject of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A.

Where do you go for news when you start your day?

What are your favorite websites?,,, and

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
A lot. After years of hard work I’ve mastered the wasting time part of social networking. Still working on the successfully-promoting-myself/my work-through-them part. Follow me @Jishky.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
Laughter in Hell: The Use of Humor During the Holocaust by Steve Lipman. There are some decent jokes in there. Print – I still prefer books with paper pages.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
Only one and it’s more than enough: The New Yorker.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
Current: “Louie,” “Portlandia,” “The Daily Show,” “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
All Time: “Seinfeld,” “Six Feet Under,” “Sopranos,” “Arrested Development”

What’s the last movie you saw?
The Skin I Live In. Some of it was torture to watch but Almodovar is an insane genius.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
Shakespeare in the Park: All’s Well That Ends Well. It rained so it didn’t end so well for me.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams and Bon Iver. Both great purchases.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
“RadioLab,” “This American Life,” “The Moth,” “Planet Money,” “Mechon Hadar” (for the lingering yeshiva boy inside me)

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
3-way-tie: A photograph my Dad took in China, a drawing my Dad did during a faculty meeting, an abstract painting by my friend Joey Siegel.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
Shul (synagogue), riverside or central park; play guitar, sing, walk, breathe deeply.

We’re screening Josh Freed’s newest film at 92YTribeca on November 30 and Freed will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

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