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Presented by JFI Next Wave
Streaming February 4-11th
Steeped in ancient Jewish lore and demonology, THE VIGIL is supernatural horror film set over the course of a single evening in Brooklyn's Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. Low on funds and having recently left his insular religious community, Yakov reluctantly accepts an offer from his former rabbi and confidante to take on the responsibility of an overnight "shomer," fulfilling the Jewish practice of watching over the body of a deceased community member. Shortly after arriving at the recently departed's dilapidated house to sit the vigil, Yakov begins to realize that something is very, very wrong.
This film is geoblocked to California. After this content becomes available February 4th at 12:00 pm PST, you'll have 7 days to start watching. Once you begin, you'll have 48 hours to finish watching the film.
Film screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Keith Thomas and special cast guests!
KEITH THOMAS (Writer/Director) worked in clinical research at several western teaching hospitals before embarking on a career as a novelist and screenwriter. He has published The Clarity (2018) and Dahlia Black (2019), both with Simon & Schuster, and developed numerous book, film, and TV projects with creators like James Patterson. He lives in Denver and is represented by Circle of Confusion and Gersh. The Vigil is his feature debut.
Presented in partnership with IFC Films and Tamar Simon from Mean Streets Management