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The Sturgeon Queens

Women, Jewish Film, Food, American Culture, Jewish Food
Julie Cohen
52 minutes



Official Selection at over 30 festivals including:

WINNER - Audience Choice Award
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival

WINNER - Audience Award for Best Short Doc
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival

WINNER - Audience Choice Award
San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Jerusalem Jewish Film Fest

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Toronto Jewish Film Fest

Virginia Festival of Jewish Film

Washington, DC Jewish Film Festival

Houston Jewish Film Festival

Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival

New Jersey Jewish Film Festival

Portland Jewish Film Festival


Four generations of a Jewish immigrant family create Russ and Daughters, a Lower East Side lox and herring emporium that survives and thrives. Produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the store, this documentary features an extensive interview with two of the original daughters for whom the store was named, now 100 and 92 years old, and interviews with prominent enthusiasts of the store including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, chef Mario Batali and 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer.


"Showcasing one family's humor, dedication, and pride, Cohen serves up a remarkable American immigrant tale... Highly recommended!" - Video Librarian

"A touching, funny and delicious film." - NY Daily News

Chatting with Russ & Daughters, a Lower East Side legend - Time Out New York

'The Sturgeon Queens' will make you very, very hungry -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fish and feminism since 1914 at NY’s Russ and Daughters -The Times of Israel

The World's Greatest Feminist Fishmonger -The New Republic

'Sturgeon Queens' To Screen -The Jewish Week

Audiences School ‘The Sturgeon Queens’ Director -The Jewish Week

Best new food documentaries: Culinary movies to check out -Time Out New York

A smelly but joyful celebration of N.Y.'s Jewish heritage -Julie Cohen for Ha’aretz

Here's A Charming Trailer For The Upcoming Russ & Daughters Documentary -Gothamist

Lox and Gigolos Abound At Washington Jewish Film Festival -DCist

New Film Tells the Story of New York’s Russ & Daughters -Tablet Magazine

The Sturgeon Queens of the Lower East Side -The Jewniverse



Julie Cohen is a veteran television news producer and documentary filmmaker and the founder of BetterThanFiction Productions. She has directed and produced nine documentaries for WNET, New York City’s PBS station, including two that won the 2012 New York Emmy Awards for Best Arts Program and Best Historical Program. She also produces web videos and television news segments for numerous clients.

Before starting her own production company, Julie was a staff producer at Dateline NBC for nine years, and a producer at Court TV, where she created and produced the weekly program Supreme Court Watch. Along with the New York Emmys, Julie has won two Gracie Awards including the Individual Achievement award for Best News Producer and been nominated for four national Emmys. She graduated from Colgate University and holds master’s degrees from Yale Law School and from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she is now an adjunct professor.

She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Paul M. Barrett, a senior feature writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and author of four non-fiction books, including the New York Times Bestseller Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.


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