Grant Announcement: BJFF Film: Sublet

On Sunday, April 18 at 7:00pm, as a part of the 2021 Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, the Gordon Center will screen the 2020 Israeli film, Sublet, directed by Eytan Fox. The film will be presented virtually, with a 48 hour viewing ending April 20 at 7:00pm. Starring Tony-Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, the film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and received the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival. Film Synopsis: This moving, mostly English language film is about missed opportunities and the need to go forward. A New York Times travel writer comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy and finds that the energy of the city and his relationship with a younger man bring him back to life.

The BJFF is committed to showcasing films that represent a variety of perspectives and experiences, and the selection committee was drawn to this film in particular because of its authentic and nuanced representation of LGBTQ characters. Film festival audiences tend to skew older (70+), which presents the opportunity to share this the film and any wrap-around programming with members of the Jewish community who may not have much exposure to creative works with positive LGBTQ representations. The film selection committee mirrors the audience demographic, which makes us confident that our core audience will be engaged by the film and corresponding programming. That said, we are always aiming to expand our viewership, and we hope that this film and others in the 2021 festival will help us to broaden our reach. Because the BJFF’s operating budget relies heavily on earned income through ticket sales, and this revenue potential is greatly reduced in a virtual environment, the festival is applying for the funding necessary to support the presentation of this film, including screening/presentation costs and speaker fees.

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