BAR MITZVAH MAN by Max Kinchen | Script Revolution


A 30 year old wannabe rock star throws himself the Bar Mitzvah he never had to get his family to pay for studio time and further his dreams of fame.



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30 is the New 13 by Suzanne Bressler

Jason Goldberg is an unemployed law school drop-out living with his grandma and clinging to his dreams of still becoming a rock star. At age 13, he was supposed to have a Bar Mitzvah but it was canceled when his beloved Grandfather passed away just hours before it was to begin.

Now, as his 30th birthday approaches, a record executive finally shows some interest in his music after seeing him perform at his cousin Rhonnie's Bat Mitzvah. The executive asks to hear a demo. This could finally be his big break!

Only snag is, Jason does not have a demo recorded. To make matters worse, his band decides that now is the right time to call it quits and move on with their adult lives. With nowhere else to turn, Jason looks to his 13 year old cousin for advice. Rhonnie jokingly suggests that he throw himself the Bar Mitzvah he never had and use the money he receives as gifts from family to pay for a new demo. Jason realizes this is a brilliant idea and decides sets out to throw himself the Bar Mitzvah.

In his search, he meets Rabbi Jonathan Roth, the former head of a prominent synagogue, who now works as a Hebrew school teacher. Rabbi Roth agrees to train Jason after he is convinced that Jason is actually doing this for the spiritual fulfillment and not monetary gain and also on the condition that he will help the Rabbi with his own initiative to bring LGBT education to the synagogue.

In order to get the money to record his demo, Jason must now go on a journey of self discovery in preparation for the biggest day in a young Jewish person's life. He must do it without the Rabbi or his family knowing his true motives. Along the way, he may just end up having to own up to his failures, stop giving excuses and finally embrace adulthood in order to truly become a man.

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Second Rounder Austin Film Festival
Received a CONSIDER and top 12% coverage rating from Wescreenplay

Submitted: October 1, 2021
Last Updated: November 9, 2021

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The Writer: Max Kinchen

I am a screenwriter and filmmaker with years of experience in physical film production and development. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, I graduated New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012 with a BFA in Film Production. After graduating with honors, I moved to Los Angeles, where I spent 2 years working in development and production offices, using what I learned about the development side of the industry to hone my screenwriting craft. I moved back to New York in 2014 and spent 4 years working in New York City in physical production on independent feature films and television shows including The Black List, Mozart in the Jungle and TV Land’s Younger. In March of 2020... Go to bio

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