What is GRIND?
GRIND is a short film musical that takes a sexy and artistic look at the ways we connect in today’s multi screened hook up culture and asks, “Do you really know who you’re talking to?”
Created by a multi-disciplined team from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Musical Theater, Film, Pop Music, Classical Dance, Psychology, and Technology are all represented and this project will take advantage of them all as it explores the emotional vulnerability and danger involved in connecting with others in the irreversably intrusive world we sign on for willingly.
What's it about?
Vincent is uncomfortable in his own skin but he's witty and adroit on his favorite hook-up app.
Thane is hot (like...incredibly hot) but he's dumb and can't express himself.
When Thane asks Vincent to grind for him by combining his own underwear model pics with Vincent's flirty texted banter, he's certain the partnership will attract the clever guys who don't take him seriously.
Thane is introduced to a new class of men but Vincent gets addicted to the rush he's always assumed the beautiful people feel as they all navigate the competitive, multi screened hook up culture of New York City's Hell's Kitchen.
As their paths run through darker territory both men will question: Is a monster created or revealed?
Who's in it?
ANTHONY RAPP (Rent, Dazed and Confused, Beautiful Mind) as Vincent
CLAIRE COFFEE (NBC's Grimm) as Autumn
and introducing PASHA PELLOSIE as Thane
DREW BRODY (Indie rock band M-LAB)
ADAM HALPIN (Broadway's Glory Days, Dogfight)
DAN GERSHAW (Lead singer of The Factory Blu)
JONATHAN CHANG (Violet Tendencies)
TREY GERRALD (NBC's Next Caller)
JENNIFER BABIAK (Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof)
MATT SHINGLEDECKER (Broadway's West Side Story)
JOSHUA CRUZ (Elliot Loves, Big Gay Musical)
CALVIN GRANT (Rent)
JOSHUA BUSCHER (Smash, Broadway's West Side Story, Big Fish: A New Musical)
NICK KOWALCZYK, JANDIZ ESTRADA, AMANDA LARSEN, DAVID LARSEN, THOMMIE RETTER, CARLOS CHANG, MELISSA NAVIA, LAURA FEDER, ASHLEIGH MURRAY, NICO ALLEN, JODY COLE WOOD, ERIC MICHAEL KROP, PAUL WINKLER, COLT ADAM WEISS, MARSHALL VINCENT GARRETT, LEO ASH EVENS, KYLE NESBIT, AUSTIN RAMSEY, MICHAEL DEBARTOLO, CELIA AU, AUSITN AUH, JORDYN ACCONCIA, KILE ATWATER, RYAN MERTZ, CHRIS J. KELLY, TRAVIS MCCLUNG, ADRIENNE SORG, MARTI GOULD CUMMINGS, JUSTIN LUKE, KAREEM MCJAGGER, TIMO DESCAMPS, ELLE ESTANOL, MICHAEL PRINCE and RICKY SCHROEDER.
What are we going to do with the cash?
Make no mistake this is a passion project with a very slim budget and we need even more money than our Indie-gogo goal. We're trying to do this on a shoestring, pulling in as many industry favors as we can for equipment, personnel, and locations. But, there are some things you just can't beg, barter, or steal: You just have to pony up the dough. These are the parts of filmmaking that nobody writes glamorous articles about or features in DVD extras. Most of that is post-production costs, such as:
- Color correction
- Sound mixing
- Special effects
- Hiring live musicians
- Studio rental
Every penny goes towards the larger goal of presenting this exciting new work to a larger audience and sharing the bigger story that is universal to anyone searching for connection in the digital age.
We're offering a couple of fun "thank you's" to encourage you to help us along toward our goal. We want you to join TEAM GRIND.