By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire February 11, 2014 at 9:52AM
"Pollywogs," the semi-autobiographical improvisational comedy that premiered at last year's Los Angeles Film Festival, is being released by GODIGITAL beginning today on various VOD platforms, including Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, iTunes, PlayStation and Xbox. But there's one scene from the film that you can only see here -- because it was cut from the final version of the film.
"Pollywogs" marks actor ("The Roost," "Young American Bodies") and producer ("Happy New Year") Karl Jacob's directorial debut (he co-directed with T. Arthur Cottam). Jacob also wrote the film and plays the lead character, Dylan, who, on the heels of a bitter breakup, returns home to Minnesota for a family reunion where he runs into his childhood sweetheart, Sarah (Kate Lyn Sheil, soon to be seen in season two of "House of Cards").
The deleted scene features "Girls" actor Alex Karpovsky as Dylan's friend who recently embraced his Judaism. Jacob told Indiewire about the process of making the film and how he came to the decision to cut this particular scene:
When making and improvised film you are faced with a lot of tough decisions, especially in cases like the one we had with "Pollywogs." We started shooting in the spring, and then I got cast in "The Dictator" and had to work all summer instead of continuing the shoot. We picked up again in the fall after months of rehearsals and workshopping, and the film became something new. One of the things that I was most bummed to let go of was all of this awesome stuff that Alex Karpovsky and I did in NYC before the Minnesota leg of the shooting. The acting is solid, but the plot lines, look and tone of the movie shifted dramatically enough that we had to lob off a lot of good stuff. This is one scene that I really liked because it brings us into Dylan's world and sets up his best friend's hilarious late-bloom Bar Mitzvah that we were unable to re-incorporate.
There were a handful of scenes with a few friends in addition to Alex that we played around with before finding the story that ended up in the film, and a lot of them are great. At a certain point in the edit process we had to make some tough decisions about which relationships were going to be the most integral to the final story line. It's always hard to let go of anything that you shoot and are proud of, no matter who is in it -- I wasn't really bummed about losing star clout. I was more focused on the fact that the film had grown into something different, and wanted to hang on to as many scenes as possible. I had always hoped that we could use supporting material like this to broaden the story world, and this is the first step toward doing that. There are a couple of other things that we may release over time as well. I just want to get out as much of the good stuff as we can, whether or not it is in the feature version of "Pollywogs." One of the great things about media today is that you have the option of releasing additional footage to support your main story. It's a gift when you have little sections of gold that you can actually do something with after the fact, and it's a great intro to the feature's main character.
Find out more about Pollywogs here and check out the deleted scene (with annotated producer notes) below: