Staff Media Lead
Fresh of the heels of the new Brokeback Mountain opera comes a new musical comedy that will have you bumpin and grindin…well, Grindr’ing, to be specific.
Chemically Altered Productions is behind the new short film musical called GRIND that focuses on what’s going on inside the gay mobile hookup app community; other than of course, you know, hooking up.
According to the film’s IndieGoGo page, “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?’”
The website continues with “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. “
The cast is led by Anthony Rapp (yeah, that guy from Rent, Dazed and Confused and Beautiful Mind) and focuses on the story of Vincent, who is described as “uncomfortable in his own skin, but he’s witty and adroit on his favorite hook-up app.” The film description plunges deeper into the plot saying:
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?
The rest of the cast list reveals more familiar names that could give this underdog musical a real punch:
CLAIRE COFFEE (NBC’s Grimm) as Autumn
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)
Sounds like a gay old time, to me! Click Here to watch the trailer and see for yourself.