PRIDE Week Film Screening of Becks Presented by Temple Israel and Q Jews

On Monday, June 25 beginning at 6:30 pm, Congregation Temple Israel, Temple Israel’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, and Q Jews will partner to host a screening of the film Becks in celebration of Pride week. The evening will open with snacks and beverages at 6:30 pm. The film will run from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, and will be followed by Q&A with Becks co-writer, co-director, producer, and St. Louis native Elizabeth Rohrbaugh.

“While we are incredibly proud to call Becks a lesbian film, we aspired to make a movie that speaks to the broader human experiences of love, heartbreak, and finding one’s place in this world. We hope that viewers enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it,” said co-writers and co-directors Elizabeth Rohrbaugh & Dan Powell.

This film is free for all to attend and open to the entire St. Louis community. This film isn’t yet rated. Mature content; must be 18 or older to attend, or be accompanied by a parent.

Film Synopsis: Becks, an unambitious musician, moves back to her childhood home in St. Louis after a crushing breakup with her longtime girlfriend. As she begins to come to terms with her father’s death, she struggles to find a connection with her ultra-Catholic mother, a former nun. An old friend invites Becks to start playing for tips in his local bar, which conveniently allows her to indulge in one of her favorite activities: drinking. She begins teaching guitar lessons to Elyse — a local store owner who happens to be the wife of Becks’ high school nemesis — and the two strike up a unique friendship. As Becks grows more confident as a musician and begins to discover her artistic voice, a new life in her hometown suddenly seems within her reach. Driven by an original soundtrack and inspired by the life of singer/songwriter Alyssa Robbins, Becks is a unique new take on the American movie musical.

Becks Awards and Nominations:

Winner U.S. Fiction Award – 2017 Los Angeles Film Festival

Centerpiece Film Selection – 2017 Frameline Film Festival

Official Selection – 2017 OUTFEST

Closing Night Film – 2017 Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival

Official Selection – 2017 Woodstock Film Festival

Closing Night Film – 2017 NEWFEST

Official Selection – 2017 Twin Cities Film Festival

Official Selection – 2017 St Louis International Film Festival

About Elizabeth Rohrbaugh: St. Louis native and Temple Israel Religious School alumna, Elizabeth Rohrbaugh, is an Emmy Award winning film and TV director. Her most recent films, Dylan (2014) which follows a young transgender man as he navigates his identity and community, and Becks (2017), explore LGBTQ narratives through every day stories.

Prior to independent filmmaking, Elizabeth was a writer, director, and editor at MTV where she wrote and directed many high-profile campaigns including The Hills, The Real World, and The MTV Movie Awards. Her work has been featured on The Takeaway with John Hockenberry, Glamour Magazine, Verily Magazine, Psychology Today, The Progressive, Indiewire, and the Feminist Current. She currently lives in NYC.

Event Details:
Monday, June 25 at Congregation Temple Israel
(#1 Rabbi Alvan D. Rubin Dr. St. Louis, MO 63141)
Co-Hosts: Congregation Temple Israel, Temple Israel’s LGBTQ Affinity Group, and Q Jews 6:30 pm – Snacks and drinks
7:00 pm – Film Screening of Becks
8:30 pm – Q&A with Becks co-writer, co-director, and producer Elizabeth Rohrbaugh

RSVP is requested at www.ti-stl.org/Becks

For questions about the event, contact Martina Stern, Special Events Manager, at mstern@ti-stl.org or 314-432-8050.

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