Esther & Me


In October 2002, a forty year old comedian and comedy producer named Lisa Geduldig met eighty seven year old, Esther Weintraub, a resident of a Jewish nursing home in San Francisco, and the two embarked on a lifelong friendship.

Esther was a former model and stand up comedian; a professional violinist in a Jewish mandolin orchestra in Canada in her teens; she was socially and politically minded, a fan of gay culture, a grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, not one to mince words, and so much more.

Esther was far from being a conventional octogenarian, and their friendship was far from traditional. In some ways, it was like looking in a mirror.

“Esther & Me” is their story.

The film’s World Premiere took place at The Jewish Film Festival Berlin on April 29, 2010.

The 33-minute film, “Esther & Me,” is being submitted to Jewish, documentary, women’s, and LGBT film festivals worldwide.


Washington Jewish Film Festival: Audience Favorite Short Award

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival: Best Short Subject

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                                A “Project Comedy” production


About the film:

Photo credit (L to R):

Joyce Goldschmid/

Kent Taylor Photography

“Esther & Me” was completed in 2010 and has so far been screened at the following 12 film festivals worldwide.

World Premiere: The Jewish Film Fest Berlin: April 29, 2010.

US Premiere: The Rhode Island International Film Fest: Aug 14 & 15.        

Southwest Premiere: Austin G&L Int’l Film Fest: Sept 10.

Arkansas: Hot Springs Doc Film Festival.    Oct 16 & 24, 2010.

Canadian Premiere: St. John’s Int’l Women’s Film Festival. Oct 28, 2010.

SF Int’l Women’s Film Festival.     

April 10, 2011 @ 3pm. Roxie Theater.

Toronto Jewish Film Festival.                  May 8 & 12, 2011

Washington Jewish Film Festival.            Dec 7, 2011 @ 8:30pm at The JCC

Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival              Dec 12 & 14, 2011

Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival            May 20-23, 2012.

Columbus Jewish Film Festival               Nov 14, 2012

Santa Cruz Jewish Film Fest. April 21, 2013

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