From the Episode: Holy Hipster


| February 21, 2014

University of Michigan / 2012 / 25 minutes / English / Color

“Duvid, you’re 21 years old. Soon there won’t be anyone left for you but the widows.”

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Duvid Stern has never heard of Harry Potter. In fact, he doesn’t even go online. Raised in the Orthodox Satmar Hasidic community, his parents have laid down an ultimatum: find a wife by Purim, or they will find one for him. But outside of his microcosmic world of tradition and expectation, could there be something else?

Enter Yoli, Duvid’s best smoking buddy whose marriage is rocky at best. He invites Duvid for Shabbos with a new group of friends. So begins Duvid’s descent into the unknown. Hip DJ names are dropped. Gentiles are invited to Shabbos. The prohibited activities of melakhah are tested. It’s the sort of thing an Orthodox kid might get into in New York, right?

Directed by Chelsea Rebecca. Principal cast: Joseph Carroll, Harry Katzman, Jane Bruce and Shannon Eagen.


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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer