Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

Dirs. Eli BatalionJamie Elman | 62 min
Documentary Canada 2018
EnglishFrenchYiddish with English subtitles Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Sunday, May 126:45 PM E Street Cinema On Rush*

Wednesday, May 156:30 PM AFI Silver Theatre

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The sharply intellectual and marvelously zany comedic duo behind the viral Yiddish-language web series YidLife Crisis return to their city of birth, Montreal, on a mission. On the verge of middle age, Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman have a hankering for the Jewish Montreal of their youth, not to mention its rich culinary heritage.

They set out to eat their way through the city, along the way re-engaging and discovering the Le Metropole’s storied Jewish community, its mouth-watering eateries, and of course the scrumptious Jewish cooking that powers it all.

May 12 screening followed by a conversation with filmmakers and subjects Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, moderated by Washington Post reporter Maura Judkis.

Eli and Jamie also present a live show of Yidlive! during the Festival.

Co-presented by Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

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May 12 screening followed by a conversation with filmmakers and subjects Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman, moderated by Washington Post reporter Maura Judkis.

Eli Batalion is a writer, producer, director, actor and composer for film, TV, the web and the stage. Eli began his career in musical theatre with the hit the award-winning internationally touring play “JOB: The Hip-Hop Musical.” He and partner Jerome Sable evolved their theatre work to the screen with the musical horror comedy short The Legend of Beaver Dam, selected to TIFF, Sundance, Berlinale and over 75 global film festivals, and to the feature horror musical comedy Stage Fright, featuring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf and produced by Serendipity Point Films. YidLife Crisis, Eli’s latest project done together with partner Jamie Elman, has been an award-winning success at the convergence of web series and culture. It has grown from an award-winning web series to a series of digital projects and global live touring.

Jamie Elman is an actor, writer, director, producer and musician.  He has appeared on some of television’s most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and House M.D. and for three seasons of NBC’s critically lauded drama American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV teen sitcom Student Bodies. Along with Eli Batalion, Jamie co-created the award-winning Yiddish web series YidLife Crisis, which has over 3 million online views and four prestigious Canadian Screen Award nominations, including Best Actor and, two years in a row, Best Digital Series. As ‘comedy peacekeepers’, YidLife regularly performs live all over Canada, the US, Europe and Israel, and has twice been named to the Slingshot Guide as one of the Top 50 Most Innovative Jewish Organizations in North America. Jamie recently starred in the Toronto production of the play BAD JEWS, his third run of that show in 3 years.

Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering culture, food and the arts. She is a 2018 James Beard Award winner, and her work has been honored by the Association of Food Journalists and the Virginia Press Association. She has written about the restaurant industry’s sexual harassment problem, developments in smart kitchen technology, the ubiquity of pumpkin spice, and how social media has changed the way we interact with art and cuisine. She reviews new food trends and products for the Washington Post’s web series, “Is it Good?”

Maura has appeared on local and international TV and radio, including MSNBC, CNN, PBS, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio. She is a 2007 graduate of the George Washington University, and a 2011 arts journalism fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Southern California. She has also written for U.S. News & World Report, TBD.com, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper, and the Onion A.V. Club. She joined the Washington Post in 2011.

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This event finished on May 16, 2019.