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SJFF: THE JEWISH JAIL LADY & THE HOLY THIEF (Virtual)
March 20 - March 26
A heartwarming documentary that follows the unbelievable pasts and brilliant love story of Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto. Their journeys not only led them to one another but to the formation of Beit T’Shuvah in in Los Angeles, a one-of-a-kind recovery and treatment center known across the globe.
In-Person Showtime: March 17 | SJCC | 1 pm • Streaming Window: March 20-26
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Barry Rosenthal, Victor Velle | Documentary | USA | 2022 | English | 60m | PG-13
Rabbi Mark Borovitz refers to his past self as a con man and a thief. His wife, Harriet Rossetto, simply calls her husband “a good guy who did bad things.” Who would ever believe a Jewish felon and a promiscuous divorcée could come together to save countless lives? Together, the eccentric couple run Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles, a one-of-a-kind recovery and treatment center that doubles as a synagogue. Their unexpected, brilliant love story fuels this fascinating, messy, sometimes downright dirty film about love and redemption. Winner of the Best Documentary award at the 2022 Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival.
Barry Rosenthal is a director, creative director, and producer living in Marina del Rey, California. One of the creators of The Food Network and former director of broadcast, advertising, and promotion for NBC, he has launched and marketed scores of TV shows and cable properties including ESPN, HBO, Showtime, CNN, NBC Sports, “Live with Regis and Kathy Lee,” and “People’s Court,” among others. View official bio on IMDB.
Victor Velle’s work spans documentaries, music videos, and narrative films. He has directed multiple documentary shorts including NOMAD and ACROSS BORDERS and the award-winning feature-length documentary 8 BILLION ANGELS. As a production designer, he has made over a dozen music videos with more than four-million views each.
View official bio on IMDB.
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