We are bursting with pride and excitement about a new film being produced by Sword & Spoon Productions. And Then I Go has wrapped up shooting in Louisville, Kentucky. Our partner and Independent Spirit Award nominee Laura Smith is producing the drama.
The film tells the story of two boys, branded together as misfits, who – in the wilderness of junior high – are at the bottom of the food chain. Their fury simmers quietly until an unthinkable idea offers them a terrifying release.
Our producers say the shoot has been a successful and high-spirited one, with an impressive group of people getting increasingly excited about what all are feeling is going to be a very special project.
“I’ve never felt better about a film in terms of relevance, with its young stars and the subject matter,” Smith said.
The production team says the performances of the young actors in the film have been spectacular and inspiring. Arman Darbo, who plays the lead role of Edwin, had the entire crew in tears during one performance, and will certainly be one to watch in the future.
“In all my years of working in this business I have never experienced the sheer awesomeness and emotional impact of that day,” said Sword & Spoon partner Aaron Wiederspahn, an executive producer for the film.
“It is difficult to articulate what exactly transpired, but suffice to say, I believe I witnessed arguably one of the finest child performances I have seen since a young DiCaprio or River Phoenix came on the scene,” added Wiederspahn.
The film, directed by Vincent Grashaw, also features:
- Justin Long (Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball)
- Melanie Lynskey (Up in the Air, Two and a Half Men)
- Emmy Award-winner Carrie Preston (The Good Wife, Person of Interest)
- Emmy Award-winner Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development)
- Sean Bridgers (Room, Sweet Home Alabama)
- Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station, Ro)
The story is based on the novel by Jim Shepard, who also co-wrote the screenplay. Shepard was on the set during filming, seeing his creation come to life.
Sword & Spoon’s John Kingston and Bill Wall are executive producers of the film.