Playgirl

We were sitting around one overcast winter day in New York City. At a loss for something better to do, we dug the albums from our own big days to take an amusing trip down adolescent lane — and then it hit us. We had all grown up at slightly different times and in wholly different places, but there was a tremendous continuity and sense of shared experience to our stories that evoked a time, a place and a specific set of emotions.

We decided to bring up the bar/bat mitzvah topic in conversations among our friends (Jew and Gentile alike) and watched as their normally languid faces lit up while remembering their own stories. It quickly became clear: This amounted to something more than individual memories. We had tripped upon an opportunity to tell the story of a generation – a history of the people, by the people, for the people, with amazing pictures of? people. To manifest this vision, we set up our web site to put up our own photographs and cajole our families, then our friends, and before long, complete and utter strangers, to tell their tales and share their memories.

At first, we were floored. Gawker and then Spin quickly broke the story and we were flooded with photographs, entire albums, T-shirts, table centerpieces, sign-in boards and the stories that accompanied each one. We realized our timing could not have been more perfect. These memories were once individual sources of shame. Now, thanks to the healing powers of time and a growing appreciation of nostalgia, we have placed enough critical distance between “us now” and “us then” that these golden nuggets of memory can now be valued for what they truly are.

Well, that’s the story anyway!

Mark Asa

Be in Our Movie

Do you remember back in 2007 when we set out to make a feature-length documentary, our documentary. For those who don’t remember here is a flash from the past!

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A documentary, a found history, a generation — possibly the greatest generation — tells its story, via the perfect medium, Bar and Bat Mitzvah videos of the seventies, eighties and nineties… we will tell the story of who we are and how we got to be this way via the music, vibe, style and the lack of it… faithfully recording every minute detail… the music, the DJs, breakin’, makin’ out, candle lighting… bringing every hormone to high definition…

The movie will consist of the greatest, most thrilling, heart wrenching, stylish, emotional, family-tastic moments of thousands of Bar and Bat Mitzvah videos from across the country.

To pull this grand experiment off, we need your help… DIG OUT YOUR VIDEOS and send them to us — we prefer DUBS (on video or on DVD) but will faithfully return the real deal…

All of you who harbor dreams of Hollywood, this is your chance. No casting couch. We need your videos now.

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Well, turns out that we did receive a lot of tapes but we just didn’t really get around to it. Lack of sponsorship? I don’t know.. but the project kind of got stuck. Since already quite a time has passed, and everyone seems to think we are dead. We thought that we might seal our grave by actually finishing the documentary. How about it folks? Let us know if you are dig or not!

Cheers,

Mark Asa