Grant Announcement: Kiss Me Kosher at Gordon Center for the Performing Arts at the JCC of Greater Baltimore

As a part of the 2022 Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, the Gordon Center will screen the 2020 Israeli/German film, Kiss Me Kosher, directed by Shirel Pereg. The film will be presented virtually, with a week-long viewing window running from Monday, May 9 – Sunday, May 15. The film received the Audience Award in the International Competition at the Skip City International D-Cinema Festival and the Gerson Klein Award for Best German Film on a Jewish Theme in the Berlin Jewish Film Festival. 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.

The BJFF is committed to showcasing films that represent a variety of perspectives and experiences. The selection committee was drawn to this film because of its authentic and nuanced representation of LGBTQ characters, especially the exploration of interfaith LGBTQ relationships. 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 with limited 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. Also, as a romantic comedy, the film will bring levity to our programming during a time when viewers crave it. Wrap-around programming is still in development, with speakers and additional partnerships TBD. The film committee has expressed an interest in developing a post-film discussion exploring interfaith LGBTQ relationships.

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