Making a feature film is a hard and challenging effort. In the world of independent film, that is made even harder by small crews and at times even smaller budgets.
One East Elmhurst man didn’t let either stop him from achieving his vision. Using his own money, he was able to complete a feature length film.
Brad Jacobowitz, 31, can say he not only directed his feature film, but wrote, produced and acted in it. He was born in the Bronx, but grew up in Florida, where some of the film was shot. The rest was shot in Alabama.
“The Pizza Boy,” which Jacobowitz describes as a “dark comedy,” follows pizza delivery boy Brad. He’s 30, lives with his parents and is going nowhere in life. No one from his boss to his best friend shows him respect.
There comes a point where Brad, just like any person who is continuously disrespected, can’t take it anymore.
Jacobowitz, who works as a yellow cab driver in Manhattan and in the past held down a number of jobs, including professional wrestler, came up with the idea when he himself was working as a pizza delivery man. He says it isn’t autobiographical, but instead said it’s “loosely based on similar events in my life.”
With many adults being forced to live at home with their parents and taking low paying, dead-end jobs to pay the bills, Jacobowitz thinks many can sympathize to the frustrations of the main character.
“I think a lot of people, a lot of working- class people, can relate to this film,” he said.
Being in front of the camera is nothing new for Jacobowitz. He had a role in the independent film “Spoils of War” as well as the television series “Numb3rs.”
“It comes pretty natural. I have a vision of what I want,” he said.
However, it was his first time behind the camera. He admits it was a challenging process.
“It was hard, but I tried to make it as simple as possible,” he said. “I kept it relaxed and kept the actors relaxed. It went pretty smooth.”
He said that audiences will be “entertained” by the film no matter how they look at it thematically.
For aspiring filmmakers who want to make their first feature, Jacobowitz has some simple advice: Just do it.
“If you really want to make a movie, just make it,” he said. “I think a lot of people procrastinate and they want everything to be perfect. I think you got to do it while you’re still hungry.”
“The Pizza Boy” will be screened on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Lowes on E. 19th St. and will be followed by a question and answer session with Jacobowitz.
The theater is located at 890 Broadway, between 19th and 20th streets. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at tugg.com/events/2472.