Former Brooklynites Gab Cody and Sam Turich have become quite the movers and shakers in the local art community – since they relocated to the city in 2007, the duo has collaborated on plays for the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Bricolage, and produced films such as the horror comedy Mombies and the short documentary Accordion Pool Party. They also contributed to the feature Greetings from Pittsburgh: Neighborhood Narratives by paying tribute to their beloved Lawrenceville. The two have called the place home since they were first invited to LUPS (Lawrenceville Urban Pioneer Society), the annual progressive dinner where over 150 denizens open their homes to one another for food and socializing. Now Cody and Turich are immortalizing the event with Progression, a feature-length narrative film “set in Lawrenceville, shot in Lawrenceville and about a real-life Lawrenceville institution.”
The ensemble comedy follows a group of urban pioneers navigating love and heartbreak on the night of the annual progressive dinner. Described as an “Altman-esque riff on screwball comedies and the mannered French farces of the 60’s,” the film features arty young professionals colliding with fourth-generation locals who watch bemusedly as their neighborhood transforms under their noses. This film features three soups, two salads, and culminates in a raucous single entree where secrets are revealed, true love is conceived or destroyed, and a baby is delivered on the dining room table.
Progression will premiere July 10th at the Regent Square Theater. The event begins with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by the screening at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, $25 for reception and film, and are available for purchase at Showclix.