YIDLIFE CRISIS

Yidlife-WEBDir. Eli Batalion and Jamie Elman (4 episodes X 5min, Canada, 2014)
Yiddish with English Subtitles
Narrative Short
East Coast Premiere

Drinking in the very best that Montreal’s multicultural Mile End has to offer, Chaimie and Leizer, best friends and debating adversaries, tackle life, love, and lactose intolerance in this foodie-centric shorts series done entirely in their grandparents’ Yiddish.

Playing as part of the Shorts Program Casting Out and Fluttering Hearts & Longing Bellies 

YIDLIFE CRISIS (Episodes 1&2)
Saturday, February 21, 8:30 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

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YIDLIFE CRISIS (Episodes 3&4)
Sunday, March 1, 4:30 pm
Goethe Institut
814 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC

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Bio
jamie-elmanA native of Montreal and graduate of McGill University, Jamie Elman has appeared on many of television’s most acclaimed series including Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, House M.D., Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, CSI: NY, The Closer and The Young and the Restless. He also played Luke, the resident piano-playing record store guy and boyfriend, for three seasons on NBC’s award winning and critically lauded drama American Dreams. His breakout role was Cody on the FOX/YTV hit teen sitcom Student Bodies.
Eli-BatalionEli Batalion is a hybrid animal, at once a writer, producer, actor and composer for film, TV and the stage with a B.A. from Brown University in the liberal arts and a content strategist and analyst with an M.B.A. from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montréal, Québec.

Eli has written, composed and produced in various capacities for dozens of projects ranging from award-winning horror musical films screened and distributed internationally (including the recently Magnolia released Stage Fright starring Minnie Driver and Meat Loaf and the Sundance cult short film The Legend of Beaver Dam) through to touring musical comedy productions and live comedy shows (including the fringe hit J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera).

Press
“Elman and Batalion have already achieved something remarkable — making the first modern Yiddish sitcom. The program might not help secular Jews resolve their identity issues, but it’ll at least make us laugh at them.” -The Arty Semite (The Forward)