I’d actually forgotten all about this movie, which we first covered a couple of years ago. It’s now going to be made widely available via MarVista Digital Entertainment (MVDE), later this month.
The company has announced that the coming-of-age road tripper, titled “Grantham & Rose,” starring Jake T. Austin, Marla Gibbs and Tessa Thompson, will be released on February 10, 2015, available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vimeo and Vudu, as well as on demand with AT&T, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and Vubiquity.
The film marks Kristin Hanggi’s feature film directorial debut (from a script penned by Ryan Spahn, who also appears in the film), which follows the story of 17-year-old Grantham Portnoy (Austin) learning to become a man, with some challenges. When a petty crime thrusts him into the company of a feisty eighty-one-year-old African American woman named Rose Price, Grantham and Rose push the boundaries of their relationship, their lives, and what it means to love, as they take a road trip back to their roots.
Of course Marla Gibbs (who was 81 years old when the film was shot 2+ years ago) plays the 81-year-old Rose Price, as in “Grantham And Rose” in the title.
I’m getting a “Harold and Maude” kind of vibe from this.
Tessa Thompson plays Wallis, a wayward girl with her own set of issues that joins the Grantham & Rose on their road trip. She’s also a potential love interest for Grantham.
The film was an Official 2014 Selection of New York No Limits Film Series, and received 2 nominations at the Cleveland International Film Festival, as well as a Jury Award Nomination at the Lighthouse International Film Festival.
“Grantham And Rose” is produced by Michael Urie, Meghan-Michele German, Evangel Fung, Ryan Spahn and Hanggi via Wonderfalls Entertainment.
Check out a trailer below: