EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has your first look at Grummy, a short film from writer-directors R.H. Norman and Micheline Pitt, which saw Hollywood’s major agencies scrambling to sign the husband-and-wife filmmaking duo, with Verve prevailing.
The film inspired by the works of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro is one of the highest funded projects of its kind in the history of Kickstarter, having raised more than $116,000, and will be submitted for Oscar consideration this year.
Pitt describes Grummy as “a story of how fantasy saved my life.” The gothic fairy tale inspired by her personal sexual abuse survival story is about a young girl’s flight from a troubled childhood into the amber fields—and long fangs—of her imagination. It’s billed as a love note to the monsters and fantastic worlds that sustained her will to live during the darkest moments of her childhood, and to all the other kids out there who have had to rely on their imaginations alone to protect them.
Violet McGraw (Black Widow, The Haunting of Hill House), Tom Degnan (King Richard, Limitless) and Alexander Ward (Army of the Dead, Westworld) star in the pic, which Norman and Pitt produced with Gary Deocampo, Anthony DiBlasi (Dread, Last Shift), and Kevin Yagher (Sleepy Hollow, Tales From the Crypt). The latter was also behind the film’s animatronic creature effects.
Nicole Balzarini and Doug Williams served as the short’s production designers, with Jason Turbin as its composer and Sean McDaniel as its Director of Photography.
Norman is a former mentee of Werner Herzog who helmed the 2017 short Gusano under his supervision in Cuba. He’s best known for his Afghanistan War short, Hajji, starring Ross Marquand (The Walking Dead) and Dayo Okeniyi (The Hunger Games), also previously writing and directed the short Mulberry.
Pitt is an internationally renowned designer, artist, animator, and advocate for sexual assault survivors as a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council, who was recognized as one of LA Weekly’s People of the Year in 2020.
To watch Norman and Pitt’s latest effort in full, click above.
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