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Currently in production, Mickey Ruskin is a feature documentary about legendary New York City restaurateur and owner of the famed Max’s Kansas City.

Wound around the figure of one man, Mickey Ruskin is the story of how an everyman found himself in the middle of one of the most important, influential, exciting and ground breaking times in New York City cultural history.


Over ninety interviews were conducted during the filming to include visits with painters, actors, poets, sculptors, photographers, politicians, writers, restaurateurs, and filmmakers. Shot in a variety of formats, and rich with the images and sounds of the city that made cultural history, Mickey Ruskin is a glimpse backstage to the vibrant, fickle, exciting, heady world of the arts in New York City from 1960-1983 as recounted by a

  chorus of artists, friends, family and customers, back dropped by the poignant, personal story of a man and his love affair with the arts and New York City.
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