Loss For Words
Meet Grady Sullivan: he sucks.
Once hailed as the F. Scott Fitzgerald of the 21st century, Grady's last book flopped, his fiancee dumped him, and he fled New York to hide in the suburbs of middle America, where he spends his days in a drunk stupor in a less-than-epic battle against writer's block.
But in a chance confrontation, Grady meets Elliott Cobb, an aspiring young writer and avid fan. As Grady begrudgingly agree to take Elliot on as his protege, Be The Shoe's new dark comedy will leave you at a loss for words.
After the premiere of Salad Daze, the Shoe set its sights on what would be its last chance at a feature film for years to come. Summer was out - Randy and Jason were both interning in New York - but "Hypothetically, what would it take to shoot a movie over winter break?"
The answer was a small, highly dedicated cast. A script that could be segmented and shot efficiently. Months of planning and an airtight schedule. We pitched the idea to Gary – he was in. As were Jake and Emily.
Loss For Words was shot in the dead of winter, in weather so cold that even the cameras objected. For 22 days, Jason and Randy would get up early for coffee, review the schedule, meet up with the cast and get to work. For the core team, most days ran 12 hours, and as the final scenes drew near they were losing steam. "It's going to be weird," Gary said. "I'm going to have to start hanging out with people my own age."
After a year in post-production, Loss For Words premiered at the Blue Note in Columbia before making its run through the festival circuit, racking up nominations wherever it went – a testament to what's possible with small budgets, dedicated people, and a focus on storytelling.
Premiered at Blue Note in Columbia
Nominated for Best Actor, Best Comedy at the Action on Film International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Actor, Best Comedy, Best Director at the Underdogs Film Festival
Screened at Parkway Central Theater in St. Louis
Nominated for Best Comedy at the Trail Dance Film Festival
Written and Directed by Randy Prywitch
Executive Producer Jason Goldstein
Produced by Randy Prywitch and Jake Rubin
Associate Producers Emily Bates, Lauren Rubin, and Gary C. Warren
Gary C. Waren as Grady Sullivan
Jake Rubin as Elliot Cobb
Emily Bates as Olivia
David Rosenfeld as Drew
Danny Prywitch as Micah Cobb
Laura Barbiea as Natalie
Seth Koen as Kirk
Daniel Shar as Kenny
Christina Rios as Miriam Applebaum
Lauren Prywitch as Amber
Laura Bates as Becky
Zach Sagett as Blake
Randy Prywitch as Todd Anders
Alon Gilboa, Nicole Silvestri, Jessie Hu, Ryan Alley, Jaime Cooke as Party People
John Frischer as himself
Extras Deanna Burch, Rebecca Davison, David Goldstein, Jason Goldstein, Jacob Goliher, David Kim, Courtney Pott, Kevin Shabel
Director of Photography Randy Prywitch
Edited by Randy Prywitch
Assistent Director Bradley Halpern
Sound Designer Jason Goldstein
Still Photographer Bradley Halpern
Product Assistants Ryan Alley and Scott Prywitch
Script Advisor Daniel Shar
Book Covers Designed by Lauren Rubin
Special Thanks Robbie Penzell, Jordan Rothstein, Matt Shepley
Music by SunMotel, Kevin MacLead, The Yearbooks, John Frischer, Alex Olson, The Squares
Special Thanks to Foam, Vintage Vinyl, The Blue Note, The Goldstein Family, The Prywitch Family, Scott Bates
Special Thanks to Ruth Randolph, Dr. Marylin Cohen, Carolina Astrain, Aaron Casias, John Pullega, Max Samis
Special Thanks to Lauren Yanow Sara McKee, Evan Cottrell, Jeanne Crane, Screen Actors Guild, Nicole Voss
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