COLUMBIA — “Salad Daze,” a feature-length film produced by two MU students, will premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts.
“Salad Daze” is the second feature film from Randy Prywitch and Jason Goldstein of Be The Shoe Productions.
What: "Salad Daze" premiere
Where: Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, 203 S. Ninth St.
When: Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday; movie starts at 8 p.m., run time 111 minutes
Tickets: $7 for students; $8 for adults
The film's main character, Alex Kaufman, experiences his "salad days" — or one's days of youth and inexperience. He is supposed to be enjoying the time between high school and college; instead, he meets some challenges. In one week, Kaufman’s girlfriend ends their relationship, his grandfather dies and his dysfunctional family begins to fall apart.
If those experiences aren't familiar, Prywitch, the film's writer and director, said audiences might find connections elsewhere in the film.
“You can relate to one of the characters in the movie in some way,” Prywitch said.
Goldstein, the executive producer, agrees, “The movie appeals to a wider audience. Every family is dysfunctional in one way or another."
The pair, who have been best friends since fourth grade, feature many of the same actors who appeared in their first film, "American Gothic."
"Salad Daze" was shot between May and August 2008. Although the film's crew endured some scheduling conflicts, Goldstein said he is proud of the actors' work.
“Each actor makes the scene their own,” Goldstein said.
Goldstein and Prywitch are also thrilled about showing their second feature film here.
“Columbia has a warm, welcoming feeling toward artists,” Prywitch said.
As artists themselves, the team decided to support other artists by recruiting local bands to be included on their film's soundtrack. Prywitch and Goldstein both said the bands were excited to be part of the project.
Although they have both seen the finished movie, many close to them, including family and friends, will not see it until its premiere. Goldstein and Prywitch say the big screen and the audience make the experience special.
“There’s an electricity when you watch a movie with an audience,” Prywitch said.