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PAGE 20A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 27, 200a photos courtesy of Jessica Burstein Israeli actor Yuvai Biom (1) plays the oblivious Grayson; Stacie Theon is the career- envious Amanda and Craig Glantz her uncomfortable boyfriendAmi~ and Monica Knight is Grayson's girlfriend Karen, who will make an emotional revelation. , By Lyn Payne is Israeli--and the unforget- Burstein said her film' ' Associate Editor tably uncomfortable dinner was created "through work- party of the film is set in shopping, improvisation and Guess who's not coming Brooklyn. The Jerusalem Post extensive rehearsals with an to dinner? ran a story March 18, saying ensemble cast." It's "a dark ' After their mutual friends of the film"Underneath, it's a comedy that offers a glimpse cancel last-minute, two ang- farcefitforthetimes,withone into the lives of two career- J styyoungprofessionalcouples of the women earnestly an- driven, thirty-something who have never met are stuck gling for help getting into the couplesinNewYork, eachwith in dinner party hell with one TVbusinesswithoutrealizing their own quirks and hidden D another in writer/director the other has just been laid agendas. Inappropriate be- Jessica Burstein's "Abbie off from her job at the cable havior ultimately leads these Cancelled," screening at the network HBO--while the characters into hilarious and , Enzian Theater's Florida two men disappear into the dramatic situations, ulti- Film Festival this week. The basementtogethigh"--while mately cutting the evening 15-minute film is part of a sniffing gasoline, no less. short." "Abbie" was selected group of shorts scheduled "It's a comedy of social for the 2009 Sundance Film , for the Enzian in Maitland on awkwardness," Boim told the Festival. Sunday, March 29 at 1 p.m., Post. The paper describes his "My first film, 'Veronika's , and again at the RegalWinter character as "too busy studi- Birthday,' premiered at the ' Park on Wednesday, April lat ouslyavoidingthedemandsof Fort Lauderdale Interna- 4:30 p.m. adulthood--gettingmarried, tional Film Festival in 2004," , ' Burstein and two of her having children--to notice Burstein told the Heritage. "It It " stars, Yuval Boim and Craig his girlfriend of nine years is was a comedy/drama about a i Glantz, are Jewish--Boim falling apart." secular Jewish family." For t It t P t J D t P "Abbie Cancelled," she and scriptandsubmittingit tothe writing/directing partner Sundance Labs nextyear." Robbie Norris worked to- Dumb Bunny is also re- gether as the team of Dumb sponsible for several popular Bunny to explore relation- music videos and the MTV ships. "Although there is no campaign "Don't Cha," which real Jewish focus to the story, won Promax Awards for Best I feel that simply because of Cable in 2007. Burstein and I am Jewish and co-wrote/ Norriswerefiercecompetitors co-directed the film, there at MTV before realizing that still is a Jewish sensibility to their offbeat comedic styles it, plus it helps that two of were "a perfect match." the lead actors are Jewish," Atrailerforthefilmappears said Burstein. "Our goals onlineathttp://www.youtube. for 'Abbie Cancelled! were corn/user/DumbBunnyFilms. to make a funny/engaging Formoreinformationabout short with characters/mate- the Florida Film Festival, rial rich enough that we can show times and tickets, visit develop into a feature. We're www.floridafilmfestival.org currently writing the feature or call 407-629-1088, ext. 225. Writer~director Jessica Burstein Kings of cards Last year's winners and host Bruce Gould (center) hope to see you at the JCC "s Fifth Annual Bruce Gould Celebrity Texas Hold 'Em Tournament on Saturday, May 2 at the Fairwinds Alumni Center at the University of Central Florida at 7:30 p.m. This gear's event also includes a fashion show and video horse races, along with blaci~ack, craps, roulette and wheel of fortune. For more information and to register, go to www. orlandojcc.or or call David Wayne at the JCC at 407-645-5933, eg. 242. R gi tee by March 31 and save. All proceeds benefit the JCC 's Marvin Friedman Scholarship Fund. from all other issues? It's The EWI$ti NEW 3, 2009 Advertising Deadline: March 25, 2009 For Further Information Call 407-834-8787