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Progression (2014)

A zany trio of urbanite couples fumble through love and heartbreak on the night of the annual Lawrenceville progressive dinner in and around the hipster-est neighborhood in Pittsburgh.


Gab Cody (co-director), Sam Turich (co-director)


Gab Cody (co-writer), Sam Turich (co-writer)




Credited cast:
Theo Allyn Theo Allyn ... Shannon
Molly Alphabet Molly Alphabet ... Molly (busker)
John Amplas ... Master of Ceremonies
Abe Anderson Abe Anderson ... Percussion
Eric Anderson Eric Anderson ... Punk boy
Nicole Antonuccio Nicole Antonuccio ... Pittsburgh Girl #4
Tony Bingham Tony Bingham ... Uncle Randy
Sharon Brady Sharon Brady ... Ma
Laura Lee Brautigam Laura Lee Brautigam ... Punk girl
Jeremy Braverman Jeremy Braverman ... Jeremy
Cassie Brehmer Cassie Brehmer ... Pittsburgh Girl #2
Lissa Brennan Lissa Brennan ... Anya
Jeffrey Carpenter Jeffrey Carpenter ... Uncle Jim
Gab Cody ... Libby
Luis Pedro Coelho Luis Pedro Coelho ... Luis


Progression is a feature-length narrative film project, set in Lawrenceville, shot in Lawrenceville and about a real-life Lawrenceville institution. This feature-length ensemble comedy follows a group of urban pioneers navigating love and heartbreak on the night of the annual progressive dinner in and around the hipster-est neighborhood in Pittsburgh. Dubbed a gentrification farce, this film features arty young professionals colliding with the 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 entrée where secrets are revealed, true love is conceived or destroyed, and a baby is delivered on the dining room table. The tone of the film is urbane and witty, with some slapstick thrown in for good measure. The filmmakers pay stylistic homage to the great screwball comedies of 1930s American cinema, as well as the mannered farces perfected by French auteurs. Written by Progression

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An independent feature-length comedy in which everything is on the table.


Comedy | Romance


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Fast paced, hysterical comedy
10 July 2014 | by samuel-50-200489See all my reviews

I just saw the premiere of the movie. It is hysterical. If it can happen, it does.

This is an indie, foodie-premised movie that pokes fun at all sorts of stereotypical types of scenes. Even having been fed a few spoilers - I wasn't ready for them to happen, and so there was no spoilage (all puns intended). It is full of gags - that work. The food, while wonderful looking (most of it) takes a back-seat to the personalities (interacting and conflicting) that fill the pictures.

The budget was extremely low (from foundations and kick-starter) - but there is nothing low-budget about the quality of craftsmanship in the movie.

Yes, it does poke some fun at local quirks, but to anyone from outside of Pittsburgh they will just seem funny and quirky. Those of us that live in Pittsburgh could laugh at the additional stereotypes that we hold.

I laughed almost constantly. My wife says I guffawed. So did the entire audience. It is worth seeing.

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9 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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