*Online Premiere* When we find Grace, she’s shouting at a knocked-out man lying in a Memphis alleyway. She tearfully yells at him. He never believed in her. Chirping cicadas and barking dogs in the distance underlie the scene, a sleepy Southern town. You can feel the heat and the desperation. And then Grace sees a sign.
There’s a lot left unsaid in “Grace”, a new short by promising young director Kevin Brooks. But what’s crystal clear is that Grace has a dream to be on stage. And so in this vulnerable moment, whatever circumstances have brought her here, when she finds a torn flyer for a local Karaoke competition in the middle of the road, she listens to it.
Where Brook’s previous short, "Myles" (featured here) took a more low-key approach, here he turns up the heat, but both are centered around gritty, realistic performances and poetic visuals. For the closing scene, a dream-like quality enters the picture as Grace finally has the opportunity she’s longed for. (9 minutes) Starring Rosalyn R. Ross.