In the late 80s Park Forest native Jerome Courshon left Loyola University for California to become an actor. But his career didn't turn out like he thought it would. One night after watching John Cassavetes's Love Streams, he says, "I finally decided, 'I'm going to write a movie.'"
In three weeks Courshon had written the first draft of an autobiographical script that was to become God, Sex & Apple Pie, a kind of updated Return of the Secaucus 7 about a reunion of neighborhood friends complicated by sexual entanglements and sobering self-reflection.
Courshon, who also produced and stars in the movie, racked up the production costs on credit cards. An LA company, Brimstone Entertainment, saw a rough assembly and covered postproduction. The total budget came to about $500,000, and after God, Sex & Apple Pie was completed in the middle of 1998, Courshon spent a year promoting it at regional festivals.
But distributors failed to bite, so Courshon raised the money to distribute it himself.
"A lot of movies get made and you never hear from them again," he says. "I didn't want that to happen to my movie. Maybe it will succeed, maybe it won't. But I think it's a movie that's worth being seen in a theater."
God, Sex & Apple Pie has its world premiere Friday at the Three Penny, 2424 N. Lincoln (773-935-5744). Show times are 6, 8, and 10 PM; tickets are $7. Courshon will attend evening screenings throughout the first week of its run.
--Patrick Z. McGavin
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Jon Randolph.