Less Than Kosher

A wild child of a would-be rock singer, 30 years old and down on her luck, unexpectedly discovers that the road to stardom begins, in of all places, her family’s synagogue. A rollicking music-filled comedy with a heart and one heck of a powerhouse voice, this winner of the Audience Award at the 2023 Toronto Jewish Film Festival has Viv (Silver-Baird) blundering back in into her previously overlooked Jewish identity when lack of cash causes her to reluctantly accept a job as a synagogue cantor. From failed chanteuse to Judeo-pop princess in the blink of an eye, she is a sensation, and the rabbi’s married son isn’t the only one noticing. The lure of a new a career opportunity and the thrills of illicit love play havoc with her promise to sing at her sister’s Bat Mitzvah, and Viv goes in search of her missing conscience.

Writer/producer/actor Shaina Silver-Baird will be present for audience discussion.

“A fresh and authentic portrayal of Jewish life and culture…funny and beautiful and heartwarming.”–Shaked Karabelnicoff, Unpacked

Year: 2023

Runtime: 65 minutes

Language: English

Country: Canada

Genre: Comedy/drama, Jewish

Director: David Am Rosenberg

Cast: Shaina Silver-Baird, David Reale