LUNCH is sold out for both screenings, Feb. 3 and 15.

LUNCH Reviewed In NY Times!

From: The New York Times

It’s all knishes and kibitzing in “Lunch,” Donna Kanter’s charming documentary about a Hollywood institution more enduring than most sitcoms.

Every other Wednesday for 40 years a bunch of legendary comedy writers and directors — whose careerhighlights alone would fill a showbiz encyclopedia — have been meeting for a prandial catch-up session. The location may change (currently it’sFactor’s Famous Deli), but the diners remain constant, give or take the odd family or medical event. And though the gathering usually kicks off with health updates — the so-called “organ recital” — these guys (and they are all guys) would rather not focus on hip-replacement humor.

Circling the table, Ms. Kanter listens while the likes of Sid Caesar, Carl Reiner and Gary Owens (the indispensable announcer of “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”) nosh and natter. A twinkling Hal Kanter (the director’s father, who died last year), reflecting on the predominance of Jews in the comedy-writing game, reveals a mind as playful as the one that gave us frothy pleasures like “Move Over Darling” and “Blue Hawaii.” And though not everyone present is blessed with the director Arthur Hiller’s impressive white mane, the film’s exhibition of vibrant longevity is reason enough to celebrate.

Low-key and low-tech, “Lunch” coasts on the earned wisdom of pros who know how to work a room. Right up to the arrival of their separate checks.


LUNCH Takes First Place: National Entertainment Journalism Awards!

Dear Friends,

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, we are delighted to share that LUNCH took First Place in Sunday’s National Entertainment Journalism Awards, Feature Documentary category (

Here is what the judges wrote:

“’Lunch’ should be consumed ravenously. There’s enough wisdom, laughter and comedic insight to satisfy any appetite. The Heavyweights at this 40 year-old gathering at Factor’s Deli include Carl Reiner, Sid Caesar, Arthur Hiller and Hal Kanter – among other comedy-genius regulars. Inspiration comes with pickles, coleslaw and tongue!”

A facet of our award is a screening of LUNCH on Thursday eveing (time TBA), DECEMBER 13, at the L.A. Press Club. The Skirball Cultural Center is also sponsoring a screening on Tuesday, December 11, at 8 PM.

Please let us know if you would like to attend a screenings on either evening.

In other news, the Berlin and Atlanta International Film festivals have asked to exhibit LUNCH in their upcoming festivals.

With best wishes for the holidays, and thank you for indulging our e-blast!


LUNCH Review In L.A. Times!

“The documentary “Lunch” is just what it describes, a seat at the kibitz table with a gathering of acclaimed showbiz writers, performers and directors whose Golden Age of You-Name-It comedy pedigrees are remarkable: Sid Caesar, Hal Kanter, Carl Reiner, Arthur Marx, Matty Simmons and Rocky Kalish, to name a handful.”

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LUNCH In Los Angeles & NY!

LUNCH will debut in Los Angeles at the Laemmle Noho from Friday, October 26 – Thursday, November 1, 2012, and at the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village, New York City, from Friday, November 9 -Thursday, November 15, 2012.

Lunch In Running For $10k Prize In Arclight Cinemas’ Documentary Festival

Lunch has been chosen to be in the running for a $10,000 prize in ArcLight Cinemas’ Documentary Festival!

See the trailer on Arclight’s YouTube Channel below:

Lunch Selected For 2012 Hollywood Film Festival!

LUNCH, written, directed, and produced by Donna Kanter, has been selected as one of three documentaries for the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival, screening Saturday, October 20, 3:00 p.m. at Arclight Hollywood.

For the past 40 years, a group of comedy writers and directors has gathered every other Wednesday for lunch – and other nourishment. But their meetings mean more to them than affable, professional friendship; rather, a need to keep wit and wisdom alive and well. These are the fabled guys that made America funny. Starring Sid Caesar, Monty Hall, Arthur Hiller, Rocky Kalish, Hal Kanter, Arthur Marx, Gary Owens, John Rappaport, Carl Reiner, Matty Simmons, and Ben Starr.

HFF tickets can be purchased starting Wed., 10/10, via Hollywood’s Arclight Cinemas. Tickets $16, parking $4 for four hours with validation.

LUNCH also debuts at commercial theaters on both coasts:

10/25-11/2 at Laemmle NoHo, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood (Los Angeles);
11/9-11/15 at Quad Cinema, 34 W. 13th St., Greenwich Village (New York City).

Also read about Lunch in the WGA’s Buzz section.

Lunch The Documentary In L.A. Times!

Lunch The Documentary is featured in the L.A. Times!

New Website!

Lunch The Documentary now has a new website!

Below: Photo of Gary Owens (green shirt) and Carl Reiner.