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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.

Shabbat Dinner in NewFest, one of the biggest in the world

Hello kickstarter backers!

It's hard to believe that it's been almost two years since we filmed Shabbat Dinner, especially because that small film that we shot for two days in November 2011 remains so present in my world. It has been shown in over 55 festivals and screening venues worldwide including Hong Kong, Indonesia (where it basically had to be smuggled in), and Frameline, the biggest LGBT film festival in the world. It's also now available streaming under the pay-what-you-want model at and on Seed&Spark, Amazon, TLA Releasing, and a DVD compilation called Green Briefs with Guest House Films.

This has all happened because you decided to throw a few dollars our way two years ago.

We've now received word that the film will be showing at NewFest, one of the biggest LGBT film festivals in the world and a subsidiary of Los Angeles' Outfest. I really hope that you can join us on Monday September 9 at 9:30pm at the JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam. There's nothing quite like seeing it as part of a large audience, so come relive the first time you watched it, plus catch four other great films.

You can buy tickets here, and you can also win two free tickets by clicking this link -

Thanks again all, and happy summer!

Save The Date: Release party Thursday, February 23, at 8pm

We wanted to announce this as soon as possible, so expect an official announcement with more details later. We will be having our release party on Thursday, February 23 at 8pm. Hoping to see you there!

And..another Shabbat Dinner test screening!

(cross posted on my blog but with a cute picture included)

Well, the edit is almost done. The color is quite close. The sound is off and the music is temp, but let's never mind about that. What matters is that we are 90% done and we need your fresh eyes and ears to finish the job.

January 3, 2012(!) / 9:00pm at my place in the East Village / LES. Email for the location. We have about 10 spots for this one. And of course, there will be wine! 

You're invited to a test screening of Shabbat Dinner!

(cross posted on my blog)

Whew! We filmed on November 12-13 and I've been editing ever since. We have a good rough cut, and because we are trying to hit some festival deadlines in TWO WEEKS, we're fast tracking the editing of Shabbat Dinner. This means that we need to lock the picture by the end of this week.

At this stage of the edit (for the next week), your feedback could be incredibly helpful in shaping the film and making it the best it can be. Having fresh eyes and creative responses is what we need to take it to the next level.

We'll be holding two test screenings of the film - one on Monday (Dec 5th) at 8pm, and one on Wednesday (Dec 7) at 9:30pm - at my apartment in the East Village. We have to limit it to about 12 people per screening. It's a great opportunity to see how a film evolves through editing. We'll talk about what works for you and what doesn't. Oh, and did I mention there will be wine?

To RSVP, send an email to and you'll get a reply with the details. If you're not available let me know and I may be able to make a version available online for screening.

Looking forward to showing the film to some of you!

- Michael

Filming finished! Editing begun!

Well, thanks to your support, we filmed last weekend over Saturday and Sunday. The shoot went fantastically and I hope to put up some video from it soon, but for now I am steadily editing, editing. I've got a rough cut of the first few scenes done and hope to get the whole film broadly edited by the end of the week.

Don't let that make you think this thing is almost done! After the rough cut, the real work begins. We'll speak to musicians about scoring the film and refine the edit in conjunction with them. Then comes an advanced, detailed process of sound editing and color work. Especially on a quick and dirty production like the one we've done, it benefits a lot from meticulous work done in editing.

We'll probably be having some test screenings to get feedback on the film - watch this space for an invitation!

Still hoping to have the film done by end of January, at which point we'll have a premiere party and begin releasing it to festivals. More important than getting it done on time, though, is getting it done right, which we aim to do!

Much love and a happy Thanksgiving. I know what I'm thankful for...

Mike Morgenstern