Under Jones' leadership, they punch a ticket to the College World Series. Oy vey.
On Jan. 22, moviegoers in Orange County will have an opportunity to see the 115-minute film in full at a cinema in Huntington Beach. Westminster-based Temple Beth David is organizing a one-time screening of the film, which has garnered nine awards at various film festivals, at the Bella Terra Century Theatre.
Filmmakers David R. Brooks, a Westminster resident who directed, co-produced and co-wrote "The Yankles," and his brother Zev, a Fountain Valley resident who co-wrote and co-produced the film, will appear afterward for questions and answers.
The screening will serve as a fundraiser for the temple, a reformist synagogue off the San Diego (405) Freeway where women hold the rabbi and cantor posts. One of the temple's congregants, Alan Jarrick of Huntington Harbour, is one of the film's investors.
Organizers of the benefit screening said that non-Jews and other members of the general public are welcome to attend the screening.
The film previously was screened in October 2010 at the Lido Theatre in Newport Beach.
Zev Brooks said in an email that he tried to enter "The Yankles" in this year's Newport Beach Film Festival, but the festival did not select it for the 2012 program.
According to the synopsis, the film is not just a funny film about baseball; it's about second chances, reconciliation and forgiveness — themes that appear to resonate as well in Judaism and other faiths.
"[The film's] messages are universal," the synopsis reads. "It's about making mistakes and moving on, about living by principles and not passions. 'The Yankles' is about real people with real problems and real needs, and promises to be meaningful and provocative movie entertainment."
If You Go
What: One-time screening of "The Yankles" and a Q&A with the filmmakers.
When: 2 p.m. Jan. 22
Where: Century Theatre cinemas at Bella Terra, 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach
Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children aged 12 and younger. Tickets and group sponsorships to the screening can be purchased via the "Special Events" page on the Temple Beth David website, at http://www.templebethdavid.org or by calling (714) 892-6623.
For a sneak peek: Watch the trailer on the film's official website: http://www.yankles.com.