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Northern California Premiere
Standing Up
SPONSORED BY
REBECCA AND ARNNON GESHURI
SUZANNE AND ROBERT RUBENSTEIN


CENTERPIECE EVENT

Standing Up

Come meet the producers, the director, Jonathan Miller, and the three aspiring comedians featured in the film: David Finklestein, who risks expulsion from his ultra-Orthodox Jewish community with every performance; Sara Parks, who moved to New York to become a star, but is barely scraping by; and Raafat Toss, a successful lawyer bored with his career and now finally ready to follow his passion.

Discussion and Q & A with special guests to follow.

Synopsis

Filmmaker Jonathan Miller follows an Orthodox Jew, a personal injury lawyer and a janitor as they risk everything for a chance at the spotlight. These unlikely aspiring comedians have their love of comedy tested again and again as they find their voices in the cut-throat New York stand-up scene. They each must ultimately decide how far they're willing to go—and what they're willing to sacrifice—for a laugh. A moving and, at times, hilarious documentary about the power of comedy to transform the lives of three very different people chasing the same dream.


Film Details
Director:
Jonathan Miller
Country:
USA
Language:
English
Running time:
76 min
Year:
2017
Genre: Documentary