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Shabbat Dinner is a short film about two high school boys who meet at a family dinner and discover they are attracted to each other.
Shabbat Dinner is a short film about two high school boys who meet at a family dinner and discover they are attracted to each other.
90 backers pledged $2,788 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 2: One anonymous donor thinks that the number of people we reach is very important in spreading the word about the challenges of coming out for youth today. They believe it is so important that, if we reach 80 donors, they will donate $500 to the project! So when we say every dollar counts, we really mean it.

Update: We can now announce our full cast list:

Eva Kaminsky (Rebecca Shore)
Currently on tour as Veronica Novack in God of Carnage

Michael Wikes (Arnold Shore)
Reversal of Fortune, Law and Order Pilot

Dawn Yanek (Susan Bernstein-Cohen)
MSNBC, 50toDeath

Peter Tedeschi (David Bernstein-Cohen)
Oh Mother, Shape of the Table

Dan Shaked (Virgo Bernstein-Cohen)
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Storm up the Sky

Chris London (William Shore)
Co-Founder, Hampet Productions and Unemployed Actors Guild

It Gets Better, Will and Grace, Glee, and coming soon..Shabbat Dinner. We believe that the world is ready for an honest portrayal of gay youth, which has barely been seen so far in mainstream media.

Shabbat Dinner is a story about two high schoolers, William Shore and Virgo Bernstein-Cohen, who meet at a Friday night dinner organized by their neurotic mothers. After escaping the grown-up's chatter about dairy-free ice cream, juice cleanses, and how to interpret the law, they look for something to do. It comes out that Virgo has just come out to his parents a few weeks ago. Want to know what happens next? Then help make this project happen!

Shabbat Dinner tells a real story of what millions of young kids are going through. Each mainstream media portrayal of gay characters has marked huge breakthroughs in society, and we think that our film can have that kind of impact on individuals. It will also be really entertaining..trust us!

Many of us are working for free and we've borrowed all the equipment that we can..but still, making a movie is expensive. Money raised will go to everything from camera equipment to set decoration, food for the cast and crew, and distributing the film to film festivals.

Plus, you get cool prizes when you pledge money! Yeah!! Prizes!!

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    Wow, you're awesome! Every little bit helps. Your name will go up on our website in gratitude.

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    An invitation to the SHABBAT DINNER release party in New York City (on Friday night, of course! Includes the above.)

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    A prerelease signed copy of the SHABBAT DINNER DVD before it gets shown in festivals (Includes all the above.)

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    Associate Producer credit in the film and a SHABBAT DINNER sticker. You are now a part of the magic of the movies! (Includes all the above.)

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    Receive a custom designed SHABBAT DINNER t-shirt or mug. (Includes all the above.)

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    A one-hour lesson from one of the filmmakers in cinematography, directing, producing, Final Cut Pro, color correction, sound design, screenwriting, or fundraising. (Includes the first four items above; in NYC or Los Angeles, must be flexible with dates.)

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    Meet and greet with Mike and Aidan. Drinks or lattes on us, as well as advice on everything from getting your film funded and made to distribution to jazz. (includes above website thank-you and DVD.) (Includes the first four items above, in NYC.)

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    We will custom design a DVD menu, cover, and jacket for one of your movies for a completely professional look. (Includes the first four items above.)

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    Executive Producer credit plus: Watch us edit the film! Sit in on an editing, color correction, or sound design session. (Includes the first four items above. You must be available in NYC in November while the film is being edited)

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    Executive Producer credit plus: Get into the film! We will name a character after you or hide an object of your choosing in the film frame. (Your name must be Jewish-sounding and fit with the rest of the names. First or last name! Includes the first four items above. Object must be reasonable.)

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    Executive Producer credit plus: Invitation to a fancy dinner with the filmmakers, where we will regale you with photographs, tales from the film, and a private screening. (Includes the first four items above.)

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    Executive Producer credit plus: We will host a screening of Shabbat Dinner in your home, a theater you have access to, or any other location you can provide anywhere in the US (Only safe areas to which we can obtain visas. Does not include cost of transportation.)

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    Executive Producer credit plus: We will make a mini documentary, music video, or other film for you (Must be less than six hours of shooting and flexible with dates. Does not include production expenses. Includes the first four items above.)

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Funding period

- (15 days)