Bar Mitzvah Man
The New, Jewish, Slightly Musical, Millennial Dramedy
We hope to present our film BAR MITZVAH MAN as a representation of the modern Jewish young adult for all Jewish audiences as a fun, entertaining new Jewish film. We hope this film is the start of a dialogue about the ever changing role of the Jewish identity in the modern spiritual and secular world.
Almost every jewish holiday can be summed up as “They tried to kill us, they didn’t, let’s eat.” We see this project as a much needed “Let’s Eat” contribution to Jewish media. While it continues to be critical to tell the heavier histories of our peoples’ tribulations, modern Jewish sages like Mel Brooks teach us that it is just as important to be proud and have fun with our jewish identities. We hope this film will fulfill the latter need.
In addition, Bar Mitzvah Man is a film to inspire dialogue between the different generations within our Jewish community. A large group of Jews is never going to agree about everything, but we believe Bar Mitzvah Man is a means to begin an important conversation to help them all grow closer.
To this end, our goal is to raise our production funds with the help of these Jewish communities, so that we can deliver this film directly to them before releasing the completed film to a wider audience.
The specifics for this endeavor can be found in our project timeline.
We have a unique initiative to bring a proprietary screening of our film to Synagogues and Jewish communities across the country BEFORE the film has its theatrical release.
We are first giving individual members of these communities the opportunity to donate to the first part of our fundraiser effort to become producers and provide us with the starter funds needed to get this production off the ground.
Once the pieces have been put in place and the starter funds are raised, we will be inviting synagogues and communities as a whole to donate to our production budget and in return, gain exclusive rights to have a premiere of the film for the members of their communities before anyone else.
This is a film about growing in a Jewish community, so it is very important to us that Jewish communities across America are directly involved in the realization of this project.
5 Step Strategy From Development to Wide Release:
1 — Starter Funds
We are currently seeking $6,000 to fund what is known in the film industry as Starter Funds. These are the monies we will need to have in place before we can raise the full budget for our production.
This investment will fund establishing the legal entities and accounts necessary to legally collect and use our production funds. And will enable us to film a sizzle trailer and several sample scenes of the film that we can show to prospective donors and producers in order to secure our full production budget.
2 — Production Budget
3 — Production
4 — Synagogue Premieres
5 — Broad Release
A 30 year old wannabe rock star still living with grandma, decides to throw himself the Bar Mitzvah he never had to get his family to pay for studio time and further his dreams of fame.
Jason Goldberg is an unemployed law school drop-out living with his grandma and clinging to his dreams of still becoming a rock star. At age 13, he was supposed to have a Bar Mitzvah but it was canceled when his beloved Grandfather passed away just hours before it was to begin.
Now, as his 30th birthday approaches, a record executive finally shows some interest in his music after seeing him perform at his cousin Rhonnie’s Bat Mitzvah. The executive asks to hear a demo. This could finally be his big break!
Only snag is, Jason does not have a demo recorded. To make matters worse, his band decides that now is the right time to call it quits and move on with their adult lives. With nowhere else to turn, Jason looks to his 13 year old cousin for advice. Rhonnie jokingly suggests that he throw himself the Bar Mitzvah he never had and use the money he receives as gifts from family to pay for a new demo. Jason realizes this is a brilliant idea and decides sets out to throw himself the Bar Mitzvah.
In his search, he meets Rabbi Jonathan Roth, the former head of a prominent synagogue, who now works as a Hebrew school teacher. Rabbi Roth agrees to train Jason after he is convinced that Jason is actually doing this for the spiritual fulfillment and not monetary gain and also on the condition that he will help the Rabbi with his own initiative to bring LGBT education to the synagogue.
In order to get the money to record his demo, Jason must now go on a journey of self discovery in preparation for the biggest day in a young Jewish person’s life. He must do it without the Rabbi or his family knowing his true motives. Along the way, he may just end up having to own up to his failures, stop giving excuses and finally embrace adulthood in order to truly become a man.
Rhonnie is a boisterous, lanky, goofy 13 year old girl who is wiser and older than her years. Precocious and unflappable, she gets what she wants one way or another. She idolizes her older cousin Jason and truly believes he’ll be the next great Rock Star, to the point of declaring herself his manager. This tenacious exterior is that of an independent old soul, which hides the very vulnerable side of a girl who is just starting to figure out who she is while coming to realize that maybe she shouldn’t be idolizing Jason anymore.