Toss It

The anti-romantic comedy

Emily and Finn think they know everything, until everything gets turned upside down. Questioning why men are so screwed up and if women are to blame, this trope-tossing, genre-dismantling film is packed with a stable of complicated characters and their intertwining relationships. A darkly comic, bittersweet look behind the facades of tradition, family and marriage, Toss It blends screwball comedy with an open-hearted deep-dive into family dysfunction.


Festivals

LaurelNew York Women in Film and Television - Marketing and Promotion Grant Winner
LaurelHollywood Reel Independent Film Festival - Official Selection

Reviews and More

Insightful funny film with heart.” - Film School Radio

Juggling Three Hats to make 12-Day Five-City Feature Toss It” – MovieMaker Magazine

The chemistry between spirited leads Michele Remsen and Phil Burke is top notch... ” – Why So Blu

'Toss It' tosses the fairytales women are fed and serves up real life” - Broadway World

Watch an Interview with Michele Remsen as she explores her new Anti-Rom-Com here.

Watch Interviews with Director and Producer Michele Remsen and actresses Allison Frasca and Jenny Zerke on the red carpet here.

Listen to Michele Remsen talk about Toss It with Picture Lock here, with Behind the lens here and Film School Radio here.

Listen to Michele Remsen on New York, We and Thee with Malachy McCourt here

Read what actress, Jenny Zerke, has to say about Toss It at Fan Pop here.

The Producers


Michele Remsen - Director

Michele Remsen is a filmmaker, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer and actor. She is the Founder of Stevedore Productions and Co-Artistic-Director of the Stevedore Confederacy. She attended Bryn Mawr College and holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University. She studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy: Midsummer in Oxford Program at Oxford University, United Kingdom. Her feature-directorial-debut, Toss It, was awarded the Nancy Malone MAP Grant by NY Women in Film. She is a proud member of the Writers Guild of America East, Film Fatales, Women in Film, IFP and Film Independent.


P.J. Palmer - Associate Producer

P.J. Palmer is a filmmaker of critically-acclaimed and award-winning shows. He has directed, produced and/or written more than 20 narrative short films, documentaries, feature films, web series and commercial projects. He is alumni to the Edinburgh Film Festival Talent Lab and worked as Artist in Residence with the National Steinbeck Center. P.J. was raised in the rural mountains of Northern California and has always loved the art of telling stories with motion picture.

Making The Film


Director's Statement

Toss It began as a one-act play for my LA theater company’s annual show, My Bitter Valentine, that evolved accidentally into a full play, which I then turned into a film script. I jokingly thought it was an exploration of why men are so screwed up, but as I crafted the characters, the story turned into an examination of what or who made them so screwed up and, by extension, of society at large. How people are shaped by traditions, lore, myths. And only the brave or desperate or seekers kick against convention to find some kind of truth that’s their own. Life is often defined by big events, but it’s really in the back hallways that the real-deal goes down. So I peeled back the curtain on cornerstones of Western Civilization to try to figure out a few characters, and stumbled onto things I didn’t know. Much like Finn and Emily: he thinks he can spin everything and she thinks she knows everything, until everything gets tossed -- it’s then both discover what they don’t know -- as I did as I made this film: I begged, borrowed and crowd-sourced enough to get it in the can, and, as I pushed this production through, as producer / director / writer / actor, with a cast and crew who worked for fumes because they loved the project, by the end of an intense 12-day shoot we felt like family - which I think is what most people want: a tribe to which they belong. It’s lonely to navigate the world alone, but sharing what we discover makes it cozier, funnier and a little more joyful.

- Michele Remsen

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