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Gary's Music Featured in New Film for the Museum of Jewish Heritage

On April 29th, at a thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraising banquet at New York's Waldorf Astoria honoring pr maven Howard Rubenstein, a new film about the Museum of Jewish Heritage was premiered with a score composed by Gary Lucas. Produced and directed by Doug Sloan for Icon Pictures and commssioned by the Museum, the film, a whirlwind of images taken from Jewish culture and history including a harrowing section on the Holocaust, was screened before a glittering assemblage of guests including media mogul Rupert Murdoch, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, museum president Alfred Gottschalk, Israeli Consul General Alon Pinkas, Senator Charles Schumer, former mayor Ed Koch, Daily News publisher Mortimer Zuckerman, sex educator Dr. Ruth Westheimer, songwriter and controversial Clinton contributor Denise Rich, and Duchess of York and Weight Watchers spokesperson Sarah Ferguson. Gary's music elicited much comment from the packed house, ranging as it did over traditional Jewish themes through the most intense guitar-driven psychedelia.

More Lucas film music (the acoustic blues side) can currently be heard in Maysles Films' powerful new documentary "Lalee's Kin—the Legacy of Cotton", directed by Susan Froemke and Deborah Dickson with Albert Maysles, which has been making the rounds of the international film festival circuit (including the Seattle , Atlanta, Sydney and Philadelphia Film Festivals) after a successful premiere at this year's Sundance Festival (wherein Gary's music was praised by Variety magazine). "Lalee's Kin" will open at the Quad Cinema in NYC on June 22nd for a limited one-week run, before airing next spring on HBO.