EXCLUSIVE: Jackie Tohn (GLOW) and Sarah Podemski (Reservation Dogs) lead cast in Jewish summer camp comedy Floaters, which has recently wrapped filming in New York.
Rachel Israel (Keep the Change) directs the feature which also stars Aya Cash (The Boys) as Rabbi Rachel, Judah Lewis (The Babysitter) as Jonah, Nina Bloomgarden (The Resort) as Lindsey, Jake Ryan (Asteroid City,) as Wetspot, and Seth Green (Family Guy) as Daniel.
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Steve Guttenberg (Three Men and a Baby), wrestler and actor Maxwell Jacob Friedman (The Iron Claw), Jill Kargman (Odd Mom Out), Jonathan Silverman (Moonshine), and Dan Ahdoot (Cobra Kai) round out the cast.
Written by Brent Hoff and Andra Gordon and Amelia Brain, the movie follows struggling musician Nomi (Tohn) who accepts a last-resort job from her overachiever best friend Mara (Podemski): mentoring misfit campers, the “Floaters,” at their childhood Jewish summer camp. As the camp struggles to survive amidst competition with a longtime rival, Nomi, the Floaters, and Mara must overcome their differences to bring the community together and save the camp.
The film is produced by K180’s Becky Korman, Lily Korman and Shai Korman alongside Athena Pictures’ Andra Gordon (Castle in the Ground).
Israel’s feature debut Keep The Change premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Feature Director.
“We are very proud to say that The Floaters boasts Jewish actors cast in virtually every role – allowing for an authentic portrayal and celebration of the diversity within modern Jewish communities,” said director Rachel Israel. “The Floaters resists tired cliches often attributed in the media to embrace a rich culture and explore multidimensional Jewish characters.”
“We look forward to sharing an uplifting comedy beautifully directed by Rachel Israel that celebrates a Jewish community, which the world needs more of right now,” added producers K180 and Athena Pictures. “A formative part of our own childhoods, Jewish summer camp is a place where campers are free to be themselves and forge lifelong bonds — The Floaters captures the humor and heart of that experience that will widely resonate with audiences.
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