14 December 2015

Award-winning graduate Jonathan crowd-funds his new Jewish comedy

By Cassio | Categorised in News, Alumni Interviews, Student Stories, Film News

BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking graduate Jonathan Schey is raising money for a new short film about the Jewish community he grew up in. The Entertainer is set entirely at a Bar Mitzvah party and explores “the bizarre and often hilarious world of the North London Jewish Community.”

Onnit Films, the producers, have launched a KickStarter campaign to raise the budget required to shoot the film. Live until 30th December, the campaign offers a range of Jewish themed perks, from an invite to a Friday Night Dinner to professional wedding videos and DJs at your own party.  Jonathan’s team have already raised over 80% of the funds- check out the details here!

Check out Jonathan’s hilarious pitch video, which was posted by Chortle (UK Comedy Guide) as one of the best crowd-funding pleas of the year:

Jonathan Schey said: “I haven’t seen a film that properly depicts a Bar Mitzvah in all its awkward glory. I’m determined to do just that. I want the audience to listen to the embarrassing speeches, be part of the bizarre dancing, and witness all the messy snogging. For me, the way into this world is through a stranger. Most of these parties have an entertainer -our story follows one of these entertainers, and how he fits into this peculiar world.” Contributors have the opportunity to become part of the cast and even co- produce the film. Onnit Films also have the support of Alcove Entertainment who produced Richard Ayoade’s The Double and creative agency Last Village who will co–produce the film.

Ex-student Jonathan is an award-winning filmmaker who grew up in North London. He has been working as an assistant on films including Starred Up, What We Did On Our Holiday, The Falling and the upcoming In Sand And Blood. He’s made a series of award-winning short films that have toured international film festivals and garnered a host of awards including I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha Cha which was picked by Jack Thorne as Film Of The Month on Shooting People.

Would you like to work in the screen content industries? These students were studying on our BA (Hons) Practical Filmmaking course. Download a prospectus to learn more today.

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