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Trailer: Intriguing Short “The Chair,” SXSW Jury Award Winner About Boy During Town’s Poisonous Outbreak

Trailer: Intriguing Short "The Chair," SXSW Jury Award Winner About Boy During Town's Poisonous Outbreak

Here’s a 12-minute short we totally overlooked when it screened at the SXSW Film Fest last month. Not only did it screen, but it was the winner of the Jury Award for Best Short Film. The Chair, helmed by Grainger David, centers around a young teen dealing with his mother’s death, his grandmother’s obsession with an old recliner, hence the title The Chair, amidst the chaos and confusion caused by a mysterious poisonous-mold-outbreak in the small town he lives in.


THE CHAIR is the story of a mysterious outbreak of poisonous mold in a small town, and one boy’s attempt to understand his mother’s death, his grandmother’s obsession with their discarded recliner, and the roots of this short-lived, strange, and inexplicable plague.

The Chair stars newcomers King Hoey and Khari Lucas. The film just won the 1st Prize King Award and the Wasserman Directing Award at the NYU First Run Film Fest.

While looking up the filmmaker’s website, it looks like for the past two years, David has been working on a screenplay adaptation based on the 2006 Pulitzer Prize winning book titled The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by author Hank Klibanoff. The Race Beat centers on the journalists involved in the Civil Rights Movement. I will certainly be on the look out for any developments regarding that project.

Anyways, I wish I would’ve caught this short at Austin last month. Oh well, here’s the very intriguing and beautifully photographed trailer below.

THE CHAIR – TRAILER from Grainger David on Vimeo.

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Grainger was a classmate of mine @ NYU. He's always had a very southern existentialist aesthetic inherent in his work– that I appreciated. Really excited for his deserved success. He's another one to definitely pay attention to!


This looks really amazing. Thanks for catching it, even if you didn't catch it the first time around.


Marvelous. I'm actually interested in seeing the whole 12 or so minutes.

Its the type of film that I'm sure would intrigue even non-blacks despite the fact that the lead characters are black. Hell, the writer/director was even confident enough in his abilities to tell a universally appealing/fascinating story that he used real English in hise chosen title ("The Chair") instead of embracing the insulting, buffonery-like titles that are apparently supposed to clue black folks that a film is for them ("Da Chair"). :)

I will keep an eye on Grainger David.


I'm liking this..;-)..with its austere moments and intersections, it reminds me of the early works of american autuers- Terrence Malick,Harmony Korine & Gus Van Sant, good company indeed, i'm definately gonna be on the look out for this backwoods auteur;-)

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