GRIND, written and directed by Zachary Halley, is a new short film interpreting these stereotypical infatuations with a dark twist. Starring Anthony Rapp (of Rent fame), Pasha Pellosie and Claire Coffee, the short film received significant funding after a successful Indiegogo campaign.
Telling the story of a good-looking but clumsy single enlisting his charming roommate for advice on how to maximize his hook-up potential, GRIND is looking to (perhaps a little too judgmentally?) explore the dangers of what is sometimes considered inauthentic communication.
In a press release, Halley had this to say about the film:
GRIND was inspired by my experiences and those of friends using hook-up apps, the thrill of the chase and emptiness after it was over … The concentrated emotional experience seemed a perfect fit for a film. The gay community is fragmented in a way it hasn’t been since we were all in the closet and these apps seems to exacerbate the situation. Maybe if people talk about the issue, we can change the way we interact with each other. But GRIND is not a morality tale. We just want everyone to love the songs, laugh at the recognizable parts from their own lives, and have a good time.
GRIND is already receiving a handful of accolades: The movie was awarded “Best LGBT Film” from the NYC Downtown Shorts Film Festival, “Best Overall Short Film,” “Best Cinematography” and “Outstanding Artistic Achievement” at FilmOut San Diego, “Best Short Film” from the Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and “Best LGBT Film” from SENE Music and Film Festival.
For now, the full film can be watched on vimeo (below) and will be playable on the movie’s website on October 1st. The music from the film is also currently available for free download on iTunes and Amazon.