LOS ANGELES—Grinning Man Media Group has announced the official release of its latest film, Scrapper, available for home entertainment April 1on DVD and On-Demand in all formats, including cable/satellite, iTunes, Google Play and Amazon On Demand.
Scrapper burns with a quiet intensity, thanks to the performance of Michael Beach (Sons of Anarchy) as Hollis Wallace, the industrious ‘scrapper’ who supports himself and his sick mother by scavenging and selling cast-off copper, aluminum and other valuable metals. When Hollis meets troubled 18-year old Swan (newcomer Anna Giles), the two forge an emotional connection that breaks boundaries and changes their lives forever.
Co-stars Aidan Gillan (Game of Thrones, The Wire), Rachel Blanchard (TV’s Clueless), Joanna Angel and Jennifer Lanier round out a solid cast of players that deliver forceful, complex performances that resonate throughout the small film made on a miniscule $50,000 budget.
Director Brady Hall’s obsession with scrappers scouring his neighborhood’s streets drove the movie’s script, which was a learning experience for Scrapper writer and producer Ed Dougherty.
“I never noticed scrappers before this movie, and now I see them everywhere, all the time," said Dougherty. "Scrap metal collecting is a huge industry… it has its own rules, lore and sense of culture.”
The film premiered at last year’s Seattle International Film Festival to positive reviews—“the reception was amazing,” said Dougherty—and Scrapper’s availability on home entertainment is the perfect opportunity for more viewers to discover Hollis and the curious world he lives in.
“On the set, we had scrap metal as props,” added Dougherty. “Several times a day, scrappers would come by and ask to take our props! I’d say ‘No, we’re making a movie about you guys and we need these’. They’d say, ‘Oh,’ and drive on to the next find, just like Hollis would.”
For more information, go to scrappermovie.com.