Alex Kaufman just graduated, his girlfriend just dumped him, his grandfather just died, and he’s about to witness the breakdown of his dysfunctional family.
Hailed for its dark humor and raw integrity, Salad Daze is a serious comedy about loss, relationships, and other things that certainly aren’t funny.
Almost immediately after the American Gothic premiere, the actors were itching for the next project. Having tasted filmmaking, we only wanted more.
We knew we wanted to do something different: a comedy, with an emphasis on dialogue over flashy visual sequences, and Randy had always like the idea of trying a coming of age story. Salad Daze would be comedy about a dysfunctional family, grounded in a very personal story between a son and his father.
And we knew we wanted to take a step up from where we were. American Gothic was unabashedly amateurish — we were 19, after all. We still had very limited budgets, but the time to find clever solutions to our problems. Jason and Jake studied cameras to learn what made professional gear better, and bought prosumer equipment with those features. We recruited local bands to give us music in exchange for nothing except that we’d use it to make something cool.
We rented out the Missouri Theater in Columbia for the premiere, which helped us get the attention local press and sent the message: yes, we really do make movies, come see it, you won’t be disappointed.
Premiered at Missouri Theatre in Columbia
Screened at Parkway Central Theater in Chesterfield
Official selection St. Louis Filmmaker Showcase
Written and Directed by Randy Prywitch
Executive Producer Jason Goldstein
Produced by Jake Rubin and Randy Prywitch
Jake Rubin as Alex Kaufman
Warren Jacobs as Gareth
Ryan Alleys as Marcus
Grant Harris as Mitch
Dylan Wells as Scotty Fresh
April Diaz de Leon as Nina
Scott Bates as Michael Kaufman
Emily Bates as Meg Kaufman
Peter Jacques as Shane Weaton
Mista Volz as Courtney
Randy Prywitch as Neville Price
David Rosenfeld as Justin Kaufman
Jamie Anderson as Alyssa
Staphanie Sanders as Amy Edelman
Gary C. Warren as Uncle Donnie
Kate Pfizenmaier as Carol
Libby Burkhardt as Allison
Rachel Flanigan as Katie
Courtney Pott as Sarah
Connor Chase as Alon Gilboa
Jeanne Crane as Aunt Lily
Rick Prywitch as Funeral Caller
Audrey Prywitch as Lawyer Caller
Marvin Prywitch as Rabbi Horace
Associate Producers Jordan Rothstein and Lauren Rubin
Assistent Directory Bradley Halpern
Technical Supervisor Adam Sachs
Art Director Lauren Rubin
Production Assistant Sarah Peteroff
Production Crew Alon Gilboa, Max Samis, Ben Less, Aaron Manewith, Ryan Alley
Special Thanks to Max Samis, Brian Schlansky, Spencer Waddell
Edited by Randy Pywitch
Music Associates Andrew Zvibleman, Joseph Reddy, Emmett Straus, John Frischer
Director of Photography Randy Prywitch
Edited by Randy Prywitch
Music by The Squares, Moving Matter, Ben Fichman, The Stingrays, Code, South Jordan, Providence, Stephen Chaitman
Special Thanks to Jeanne Crane, Nicole Voss, Parkway Central High School, Dennis and Elizabeth Harris, Ruth Randolph, Dr. Marylin Cohen, the Prywitch Family, the Goldstein Family, Norman Rubin, Bradley Halpern, Scott Pages, Gary C. Warren, Todd Sklar, Amy Bates, Kathy Petroff
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