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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.


Eric Leiser


Eric Leiser (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Jay Masonek Jay Masonek ... Jay
Jeffrey Leiser ... Jeffrey
Eric Leiser ... Eric
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Travis Bellman Travis Bellman ... Hiker
Max Daily Max Daily ... Wedding attendee 3
Homer Darnall Homer Darnall ... Grandpa
Linda Darnall Linda Darnall ... Jay's mom
Patricia Darnall Patricia Darnall ... Grandma
Kate Deaton Kate Deaton ... Party attendee 1
Erin Desmond Erin Desmond ... Love interest
Joseph Desmond Joseph Desmond ... young Jeffrey
Michelle Desmond Michelle Desmond ... Sister
Jacob Hastings Jacob Hastings ... Jesus
Jim Kurzweil Jim Kurzweil ... Organist
Jenny Leiser Jenny Leiser ... Bride


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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Young artists deal with life, love, work and weariness during the new American recession. See more »


Animation | Drama


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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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Live-action and animated art film
16 February 2012 | by grace-hannah34See all my reviews

There are times, when Glitch in the Grid feels self-indulgent yet to have made the film in any other way would have been less than authentic. These three characters are, for the most part, playing themselves and it's this spiritual intimacy that provides the film much of its cinematic spark. The film's leading trio seems to struggle with how to maintain any sense of connection in a society that discourages connection, whether it be because of socio-economic stressors or institutional oppression.

Likely to be consider an experimental film by most who view it, Glitch in the Grid incorporates a wide variety of visuals, sounds, movements and music to communicate Leiser's intended sense of magical realism. The film at times plays out equally as documentary, mumblecore, Van Sant introspective and animated expose. The stop motion animation is really inventive along with the music which is the Leiser Brothers strength!

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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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