'Best and the Brightest' screens this weekend

Filmmaker Joshua Shelov doesn't want to sound too dramatic, but he says an impressive turnout at this weekend's screenings of his film "The Best and the Brightest" will determine whether the locally shot comedy gets a theatrical release here in July.


The film, starring Neil Patrick Harris, Amy Sedaris, Bonnie Somerville and Peter Serafinowicz, plays the Prince Music Theater (1412 Chestnut) at 7:30 Friday and Saturday nights.

Shelov and locally based producers  Declan Baldwin and Patricia and Robert Weiser host Q&A sessions after the screenings. Tix are available at bestnbrightest movie.com and at the door both nights.

"It was the greatest creative experience I've ever had," says Shelov, who cowrote the picture with Michael Jaeger. "We wanted to make an old-fashioned farcical comedy," he says of the film that centers on a couple trying to get their kid into an elite school.

The movie played the Philadelphia Film Festival in October and will be out on DVD, iTunes, Netflix, etc., in August, and also opens theatrically in July in New York and Los Angeles. Here too, Shelov says, fingers crossed.

The New York native says he fell in love with the area while shooting in summer 2009. He and his wife, Jennifer, and their three children, Owen, 9; Emma, 6, and Andrew, 3, have since moved to Haddonfield.

Shelov, who now works at Versus network in the Comcast Center, is no stranger to sports television, having created ESPN.com's "Mayne Street," starring ESPN's Kenny Mayne. Shelov's also wrote "Green Street Hooligans," which starred Elijah Wood. He wrote a screenplay commissioned by Bruce Willis and a sports film for "Hangover" director Todd Phillips, but neither has been made.

Read more from our column in Wednesday's Daily News.