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CloseToHome Productions
PO Box 442
Ithaca, NY 14851-0442

About Us

sue perlgut Sue Perlgut formed CloseToHome Productions to reach a wide-ranging audience with videos that feature topical and socially relevant issues. In 2012 she added production of theatre and other events to her mission.

In 2007 she produced, directed and co-wrote with Christopher Julian, the documentary 101 Ways to Retire—or Not!, seen on WSKG PBS, an official selection of the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival in 2008 and a recipient of a 2008 Mature Media Awards. In 2007 they also completed, with trainer Debbie Bosanko, Stay Strong: Lift for Life a strength training video for people 65 or older. They have completed a 13 minute informational video of Hospicare of Ithaca, NY. In November of 2010 CloseToHome Productions completed Beets and Beans: Living and Dying with Hospice and we have completed a teaser about It's All Right To Be Woman Theatre a feminist theatre troupe in NYC in the 1970s.

In 2015 she produced and co-directed Connie Cook: A Documentary, which was an official selection of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and the High Falls Women’s Film Festival.

A graduate of NYU with a MA in Educational Theatre, she has worked, for more than 30 years, as a director, performer, playwright, storyteller, puppet maker, teacher, arts administrator and producer of theatre in colleges, public schools, community centers and alternative performing spaces in New York City and Ithaca NY. She is one of the founding members of It’s All Right To Be Woman Theatre and currently directs the Senior Citizen Theatre Troupe of Lifelong in Ithaca, NY. In the 1970’s and 80’s she owned and managed two retail businesses: Djuna Books, a feminist bookstore in New York City and Lucia a women’s clothing store in Ithaca, NY.

She is a recipient of many local and national grants for her writing, directing and film work. As a volunteer, in Ithaca, NY, she served on the Tomkpkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board (chair 2015) and is currently President of the Board of Cinemapolis Ithaca's only independent member supported cinema.  She also volunteers for other arts and human services organizations in Ithaca NY. In the past she served as president of the boards of the Kitchen Theatre and the Greater Ithaca Activities Center; and helped to form her neighborhood association, South of the Creek Neighbors. In 2017 she was one of the organizers of the Women's March in Ithaca, NY.

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