Weddings never go out of fashion -- in real or reel life -- although "Breakup at a Wedding" takes an unconventional trip down the aisle.
A couple break up but decide to go through with the ceremony anyway. The groom hopes that a surprise gift will convince his wife to change her mind about their marriage.
Alison Fyhrie is the bride, and co-writer Philip Quinaz portrays the groom in the movie, which had a sneak preview at Carnegie Mellon University in April. That's because the key players of Before the Door Pictures, which produced the comedy, are CMU grads Zachary Quinto, Neal Dodson and Corey Moosa.
So is Victor Quinaz, who directed the movie and serves as the unduly ambitious wedding videographer whose all-seeing lens and wireless microphones allow us to follow all of the action. His character's mantra: "Always be rolling."
The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show "Breakup" at 7 p.m. today and Sunday, plus 2 p.m. Saturday (to accommodate the evening Horror Realm event with "Martin").
As cast and crew explained during their CMU visit, the movie was shot in 11 days for less than $500,000, with JFK International Hotel in Queens a key location. It's a romantic comedy told, in essence, with found footage.
Almost nothing goes as planned for these nuptials, from the groom's choice of best man and the bride's makeup, which leaves her looking like a "famous young gymnast," to the relocated rehearsal dinner with a seven-foot-long sub.
Writers Anna Martemucci and the Quinaz brothers throw in the usual drinking, dancing, trolling for hookups and a dueling wedding at the same venue for good merry measure.
Before the Door Pictures also produced the financial thriller "Margin Call" and, in part, the sailing adventure "All Is Lost" starring Robert Redford. It debuted to positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival.moviesvideo