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Berkeley filmmaker is Golden

Friday April 12, 2002

The San Francisco Film Society has announced that “Minute Matrimony”by Berkeley filmmaker Yoav Potash is the winner of a Golden Gate Award, given to recognize outstanding film production in the San Francisco Bay Area.  

The film will premiere at the 45th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival, the largest and oldest film festival in Northern California.  

“Minute Matrimony” will screen during the San Francisco International Film Festival on: Saturday, April 20 at 1:30 PM and Thursday, April 25 at 7:15 PM at AMC’s Kabuki Theater, 1881 Post St. at Fillmore, San Francisco. 

The outlandish film centers on a simple premise: What would it be like if instead of hamburgers and shakes -the local drive-thru served up weddings and divorces? “Minute Matrimony” dishes up this scenario with plenty of super-sized laughs. 

To officiate such favorites as the Minute Matrimony Value-Pak and the Hassle Free Divorce, a visor-wearing teenage preacher (15 year-old Alex Barker of Moraga) pops out of the drive-up altar/window like a jack-in-the-box. For an extra buck or two, a couple can spice up their ceremony with Jewish, African-American, or gay flavors. Enter dancing rabbis stage left, gospel choir stage right.