"Jewtopia," the directorial debut of Malibu's Bryan Fogel, will open the Malibu International Film Festival Saturday night at the Malibu Lumber Yard.
"It's been an incredible journey from what started as a little show in Los Angeles ... I'm thrilled to be having our Los Angeles premiere in the city that I live in and love, Malibu," Fogel said.
The screening is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Malibu Lumber Yard followed by an opening night party at 9 p.m. The festival, which features mainly emerging filmmakers, runs through Sunday, Sept. 23.
"Jewtopia," which is adapted from the screenplay, stage play and best-selling book, Jewtopia: The Chosen Book for the Chosen People," follows two childhood friends who reunite as adults to help each other land the women of their dreams.
"I believe the film not only captures the outrageous comedy that made the stage play so popular, it also tells the universal story of cultures clashing and families getting in the way of finding true love," Fogel said.
Tickets to the Opening Night screening and gala are $50 each and are available at www.malibufilmfestival.com. According to organizers, for each ticket or pass sold a tree will be planted.