Sukkah City, the documentary film that follows a groundbreaking 2010 sukkah design competition in New York City, sold out its world premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival on July 9 and 10.
Sukkah City, winner of a Lynn and Jules Kroll Film Fund grant, is the second feature by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jason Hutt, who was on hand for the film’s premiere.
The original competition was partly the brainchild of author Joshua Foer (Moonwalking With Einstein), who got interested in innovative sukkah designs after trying his hand at one. He discovered that while the bible outlines the basic parameters for a sukkah’s appearance and functions, it left plenty of room for variation and interpretation. What if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs?
So was born the design competition and exhibition known as “Sukkah City.” Jason Hutt, who also directed the FJC-supported documentary Orthodox Stance, was allowed to track the competition from its inception through its selection process. He filmed as leading architects, academics and critics (including Ron Arad and Michael Arad), debated the merits of the 600 submissions and responded to some 200,000 New Yorkers who attended the two-day exhibition.