Latter Day Jew

 

Centerpiece

Saturday, November 16, 2019
7:30 PM @ Suzanne Roberts Theatre

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*General Admission: $20

*Ticket includes admission to post-film reception.

Director: Aliza Rosen
Genre: Documentary Feature
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Running Time: 1 hr 25 min
Language: English

Board Sponsored by: Julie and Richard Jaffe; Francine Tabas

Sponsored by: Helen and Jordan Schwartz

Philadelphia Premiere
This humorous and gratifying documentary follows H. Alan Scott, a gay, former Mormon/cancer survivor/stand-up comedian as he discovers his spiritual path in Judaism and embarks on his journey toward conversion. Known for his appearances on Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, this die-hard Golden Girls fan has had many ups and downs to contend with in his life. Nothing, however, could have prepared him for the planning of his own bar mitzvah.

Determined to be “the best Jew he can be” before becoming a man in the eyes of Jewish law, Scott’s adventure takes him to the Holy Land where he participates in Tel Aviv Pride, learns how to blow the shofar, and gathers the religious accoutrements necessary to attend his bar mitzvah as an observant and stylish Jew. While laughs are aplenty, LATTER DAY JEW is also filled with poignant moments that revolve around Scott’s coming out as a Jewish convert to his mom and extended family in Missouri, and the effect his cancer diagnosis has had on his religious aspirations. Through Scott’s journey, we learn more about the Mormon stance on LGBTQ issues and the impact it has had on others considering leaving the faith.

A coming-of-age story about a person who literally finds his tribe and sets out to develop an authentic self, LATTER DAY JEW is a tender tale of self-discovery layered with comedy, pathos, and unadulterated joy!

After the Q&A (hosted by Philadelphia Women in Film and Television (PWIFT), join us for a reception with nosh and libations, courtesy of Cooper Spirits.

Special Guests:

Trailer:

Official Selection:

  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • Heartland International Film Festival
  • JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival
  • Napa Valley Film Festival
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Sweater
Screening with Latter Day Jew

Philadelphia Premiere

Directed by Nick Borenstein | Narrative Short | USA | 2019 | 5 min | English

Jewish filmmaker Nick Borenstein directs and stars in this uproarious comedy about a young New Yorker who is having a bad day until an unexpected gesture turns his luck around.

Official Selection:

  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
  • Tribeca Film Festival