Hello all! One of my favorite writer-producers, Ed Dougherty, is premiering his film Scrapper at the Seattle International Film Festival on May 21, 2013. Plus, Ed and his producing partner, Tarek Kutrieh, are hosting a “sick” after-party. Scrapper stars Michael Beach (Third Watch, Sons of Anarchy, The Abyss), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Dark Knight Rises, The Wire), and newcomer Anna Giles. If you’re in Seattle for the festival, you won’t want to miss the film’s premiere or its after-party at the Crocodile. Musical guests include Rose Windows, Kithkin, and Ephrata. For more details, check out this video.
Scrapper is the first feature film from micro-studio Grinning Man Media Group. The film is about Hollis Wallace (Beach), who makes his living salvaging metal. When Wallace discovers a teenage runaway (Giles) in the basement of his unhinged neighbor (Gillen), Wallace salvages her life. Wallace and the girl become partners in his scrap metal trade until the forces in their disintegrating lives threaten to destroy them both.
Helming the film is Brady Hall, a Seattle filmmaker and musician. Experienced in microbudget filmmaking, Brady has directed three other features, including Hello My Name is Dick Licker, June & July, and Jerkbeast. Matching Brady’s shooting style and sensibility with Ed’s irreverent, darkly comedic tendencies puts Scrapper on my must-see list.
Ed and Tarek launched Grinning Man Media Group in 2012. They have several other cool projects in the pipeline, which I’ll tell you about in a future post. In the meantime, go see Scrapper on May 21, 2013, at 6PM at the Seattle International Film Festival and party with stars and the filmmakers! Go here for tickets.