Directed by Daniel Simon
A buddy movie of transformation and self-discovery. Following a recent breakup, struggling writer Jules (Dan Simon) crashes with his recently separated best friend, Saul (Gregory Lay), at his apartment in Brooklyn. While Saul wants to drink heavily and lament over his impending divorce, Jules just wants to escape into his latest script. After Saul is fired from his job as restaurant manager and Jules loses an off-Broadway production of his play, the two embark on a weekend bender through New York City and Connecticut in search of solace and sometimes more pain. When the sun finally rises, neither expects to see the light.
Director Statement: Our film is an exploration of attachment and loss. When we experience a painful breakup, the need for friendship quickly deepens as we search for a way to fill the void. The opposite happens as well. When we find love, those same friendships that meant so much when we were alone evolve into something else. This is a very human thing, and the comic and dramatic possibilities are interesting to me. That’s why LONELY BOYS is primarily an actors’ movie—when you’re making a film about emotions and relationships, there’s nothing more important than the chemistry between the people who bring those feelings to life. We shot our film for $13,000, but instead of being an obstacle, our budget turned out to be a blessing. It forced us to strip back unnecessarily complicated filmmaking, trust the actors, and focus intensely on composition and creating a sense of place. New York City may be one of the busiest, most crowded in the world, but there’s an undercurrent of isolation running between all those people and buildings. LONELY BOYS is an attempt to capture it.- Dan Simon
First Feature. West Coast Premiere
Q&A with Patrick Davin, Gregory Lay, Bob Gregory
First Time Fest New York, FilmFest 52 Bethel, Greenwich International Film Festival, Hudson Valley Comedy Festival, Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase, San Antonio Film Festival.
Saul: Gregory Lay
Jules: Daniel Simon
Irving: Richard Masur
Producers: Robert S. Gregory, Richard Lampone, Jason Xaysittiphone, Henry Sacker, Daniel Simon, Patrick Davin, Gregory Lay
Screenplay: Daniel Simon, Patrick Davin and Gregory Lay