Director: Zachary Halley
Writers: Derek Gregor, Selda Sahin, Zachary Halley
Genre: Drama, Musical, Short Movie
Duration: 32 min
Stars: Anthony Rapp, Claire Coffee, Pasha Pellosie
It’s hard to think of something more quintessentially gay than a musical about a hook-up app: Starring Rent’s Anthony Rapp, The Carrie Diaries’ Pasha Pellosie and Grimm’s Claire Coffee, the mini-movie musical Grind has been launched after a successful Indiegogo campaign.
Telling the story of a good-looking but clumsy man enlisting his charming roommate for advice on how to maximize his hook-up potential, the film explores the excitement and danger of online pursuits.
In a press release, writer-director Zachary Halley explained:
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 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.