If you missed the first showing of “Missed Connection” and “Friend Request Pending” you can catch a second screening on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 9:30 a.m. at the Trustees Theater. The “Missed Connections” cast (barring Abrahams) and director will be in attendance. You can also vote for these entries for the Audience Choice Award at filmfest.scad.edu.
The lead actor in “Missed Connections,” Jon Abrahams, was also on hand Sunday morning for a brief Q & A with the audience.
He spoke to the small budget of the film saying that as far as wardrobe “most of it is my own clothing.” The New York native also praised the movie for being “a real New York movie.” An audience member asked how much of the film’s dialogue was improvised. Coming from an improv background, Abrahams tried to ad lib as much as possible but confirmed that the film sticks pretty closely to the script. He also added “that’s a compliment if it seems like improv. That’s great we made it alive and appealing.”
The Q & A came to a close with this audience member’s declaration “I really enjoyed the movie and I will never look at my IT department again the same way.”
After the Q & A, I managed to grab a few moments to speak to Abrahams one on one. As an acquaintance of director Martin Snyder, he read the script for “Missed Connections” and replied “What’s it gonna take for me to try and be in this?” He scored an audition and it all worked out.“It’s nice to work with people that you know, even in a tertiary way.”
The film was Snyder’s debut. “He was really prepared. I work on a lot of independent films and work with a lot of first time directors and he was right up there with the best of them.”
Abrahams also had kind words for his co-star Mickey Sumner “She had never worked on a film before and you can’t tell, man. Feels like someone who has been working for 20 years.” He didn’t stop there. He even took a swing at buttering up to SCAD. “And this festival is awesome. And SCAD, it makes me want to go to art school. I mean, how can I get back to art school?”