Little White Lie

  • Little Horribles: minibar


Castro Theatre Sun, Aug 3, 2014 7:00 PM
California Theatre Mon, Aug 4, 2014 6:40 PM
Smith Rafael Film Center Sat, Aug 9, 2014 3:00 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Lacey Schwartz
Editor(s):Toby Shimin
Erik Dugger
Producer:Be’chol Lashon
Year of Production:2014
Running Time:65
Categories:Big Nights
Premiere Status:World
Genre-Subject:20 Somethings
Personal Docs
Religion & Spirituality


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Daring to ask questions about her true identity, around which her parents had kept a careful silence through her entire childhood, filmmaker Lacey Schwartz gently but firmly pulls back the curtain on matters of race and family secrets in her deeply personal and fascinating documentary. Growing up unselfconsciously Jewish and Caucasian in the leafy, largely white town of Woodstock, New York, Lacey and her extended family cheerfully explained away her tawny complexion by pointing to a picture of her father’s swarthy Sicilian Jewish grandfather. But her parents’ fraying marriage and her own nagging doubts compelled the bright Georgetown undergraduate to begin tugging at the threads of her identity, fearlessly documenting the unraveling of family mysteries. Little White Lie manages to be both a particular family’s story of the price of living in denial, but also raises larger questions for us all: What factors—race, religion, family, upbringing—make us who we are? And what happens when we are forced to redefine ourselves?-Peter L. Stein

World Premiere

Closing Night is Sponsored by The Bonnie and Marty Tenenbaum Foundation

Director Lacey Schwartz in person in San Francisco and Berkeley

CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION | Castro Theatre | Sunday August 3rd
Toast our filmmakers and guests on the mezzanine of the Castro following the world premiere of Little White Lie. This all new reception is the perfect close to our extended Castro run.  

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