By the Wayside is a Blvd Du Cinema production and the third feature length project by director Mike Cuenca.
The ensemble film is a fully improvised comedy shot in a cinema verite style. The film was completed within 7 days without a script, one camera, and no rehearsals with Cuenca building the entire storyline in the editing room after each day's shoot. Scene outlines and notes were given to the actors involved accordingly.
Jim is a background actor hoping to make it into the big time. His roommate is Sam, a documentary filmmaker. When the two are evicted from their apartment they meet with Dio - a homeless musician - and a Catholic virgin named Mars. The four descend into a life-awakening 24 hours that involve excess drinking, prostitutes, a sage-like lounge singer and psychedelic drugs.
Starring Joey Halter, Mike Cuenca, Dan Rojay, Steven Escot, Julie Pepin, Brittany Samson, Marisa Prietto, Jenn Hall, and Paul Elia
Downtown Independent Theater (View)
251 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012