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Glitch in the Grid (2011)

Not Rated | | Animation, Drama | 20 October 2011 (USA)
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Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.

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Jay Masonek ...
Jay
Jeffrey Leiser ...
Jeffrey
Eric Leiser ...
Eric
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Bellman ...
Hiker
Max Daily ...
Wedding attendee 3
Homer Darnall ...
Grandpa
Linda Darnall ...
Jay's mom
Patricia Darnall ...
Grandma
Kate Deaton ...
Party attendee 1
Erin Desmond ...
Love interest
Joseph Desmond ...
young Jeffrey
Michelle Desmond ...
Sister
Jacob Hastings ...
Jesus
Jim Kurzweil ...
Organist
Jenny Leiser ...
Bride
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Jay Masonek is feeling down and out. Although he is a talented artist, Jay has seldom left his small town in Northern California. One day Jay's cousins Jeff and Eric visit from LA. They offer Jay the opportunity to come live with them for a period of time in Hollywood. Hoping to cheer him up, the brothers show Jay the city and take him to film castings, even though it's during the economic recession and jobs are scarce. Jay soon begins to feel the oppression of what he describes as "the grid", turning to excessive partying to fill the void. Through unprecedented animated sequences, real life becomes the landscape for Jay's inner life, as his thoughts, emotions and longing for spiritual renewal are captured. Eventually, Jay returns to his small town, while Eric and Jeff pursue relationships in New York and England. Alone once again, Jay almost loses hope when a powerful moment shakes him to his core and he faces the most important decision of his life. Written by Albino Fawn Productions

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A story about young artists dealing with life, love, work and weariness during the new American recession. See more »

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Jay: I still don't feel like I know where I fit in in this world. Sometimes I feel like giving up. I know at some point if I hang in there, I will find the key to unlock the grid.
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Under appreciated Experimental Narrative Art Film
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film really flew under the radar which is too bad because if pretty great. Jay Masonek an alienated artist from the social and economic superstructure, or the grid as he calls it. Hoping a change of scenery will help get him out of his funk, Masonek's cousins Jeff and Eric invite him to crash in their Hollywood apartment. Of course, once he has moved in, they start to wish they had never suggested it, particularly Eric. Yet, when he is not skateboarding or scanning Craig's List for scammer casting notices, Masonek pursues a genuine quest for divine guidance.

As director, animator, editor, and half a dozen other things including co-star, Eric Leiser creates visually striking interludes rendered with a combination of stop-motion animation and time- lapse photography. Symbolically evocative, they often communicate the film's themes more dramatically than the mumblecorish live action scenes. While Leiser can create a distinctive fast talking lizard, his characters are not strongly delineated. The manner in which Masonek and his cousins discuss their personal relationships with God is impressively frank and free of irony. Leiser is an enormously talented filmmaker, who simply needs to tighten-up his screen writing or take on a collaborator.


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