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Exclusive behind the scenes look at the award-winning GRIND film, directed by Yuri Alves, featuring Liberian refugee-turned-reformed felon Robert Black Wilmote.

GRIND | Behind the Scenes Teaser

Exclusive making of film trailer for GRIND, the powerful, award-winning short film, featuring refugee-turned-reformed felon Robert Wilmote, directed by Yuri Alves. | GRIND Behind the Scenes

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GRIND is a format-bending short film featuring Robert Wilmote, a Liberian refugee forced to flee the most drastic and terrible circumstances imaginable. Having narrowly escaped war in Africa, Robert’s struggles continue in the U.S. when he succumbs to the gangster life, becoming a convicted felon in Newark, New Jersey. At his absolute bottom, Robert realized he was meant for greater good. Through dramatic reenactments, featuring Robert himself, we discover how Robert’s passion for fitness and helping others empowered him to become a champion.


Directed by Yuri Alves

Featuring Robert Wilmote

Produced by: Yuri Alves, Igor Alves
Executive Producers: Igor Alves, Yuri Alves, Mike Gomes

Cinematography by Mike Gomes
Original Music by Benjamin Zecker
Camera Operators: Mike Gomes, Yuri Alves
1st Assistant Camera: Marco Penajoia
2nd Assistant Camera: Caroline Sincaruk
Gaffer: Gabriel Kurzlop
Sound: Victor Buitrago
Production Coordinator: Li Kurzlop
Edited by Yuri Alves
Additional Editing: Caroline Sincaruk
Colorist: Alex MacLean
Supervising Sound Editor / Mixer: Mert Ozcan
Post Production Color Services by: Rogue
In Association with: The Hidden Fortress
Post Production Sound Services by: The Record House
Associate Producers: Daniel Dowding, Paul Burger
Consulting Producer: Christopher Santiago
Production Assistants: Erick Arce, Corey Brumfield,
Steven Goncalves, Khadijah Thomas, Sharon Wu
Graphic Designer: Peter Morris

Supported by Newark Arts

Special Thanks: The City of Newark, New JerseyNewark Office of Film and Television, Express Newark

Filmed on location in Newark, NJ with the RED Dragon Camera + ELITE Anamorphic Cinema Lenses


WINNER: Atlanta International Film Festival 2018 (Best Documentary)
WINNER: Newark International Film Festival 2018 (Best Director – Short Documentary)
WINNER: ECU – The European Independent Film Festival 2018 (Best Non-European Documentary)
WINNER: INDIE Fest Film Awards 2017 (Best Documentary Short)
WINNER: One-Reeler Short Film Competition (Award of Excellence)
WINNER: Impact Docs Award 2017 (Documentary Short)
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Africa World Doc Film Festival 2018
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Montclair Film Festival 2018

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