Still from Hedgehog, featuring Grayson Powell '11

Grayson Powell '11 is Having a Big Year in Film

December 4, 2017

Alumnus Grayson Powell ‘11 is having a busy year in the film industry. He was just nominated for Best Actor in the 2017 Massachusetts Independent Film Festival for his work in the independent film Sundown which also won Best Writing and Best New England Film. The film, according to its website, "is a feature-length family drama about ravages and absurdities of living with dementia. An irresponsible gambler returns home to help his mother and sister deal with the family patriarch’s once-brilliant mind slipping further and further away." Sundown also won the Audience Award at the Buffalo International Film Festival and Best Acting (Ensemble) at Sanford International Film Festival.

 

Powell also performed in the film Hedgehog, which is playing at Landmark's Sunshine Cinema. "Hedgehog tells the story of Ali, a young comedienne who longs to follow in the footsteps of her once well-known comic father but who cannot perform out of fear that she will suffer his same fate. In the hopes of conquering her fears, Ali begins taking writing classes but soon finds that the cost of the classes force her to take a second job assisting an aging professor who is preparing to move out of their home. Through each new relationship, Ali finds that she must reconcile her issues with vulnerability in order to find her own path" according to the film's description.

 

Hedgehog had its world premiere at the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival and went on to play the Independent Film Festival of Boston and the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival where it was awarded Best Director (Lindsey Copeland) and Best Actress (Madeline Brewer).

 

To top it off, Powell is also in pre-production for the 3 Worker Films feature, Swell. According to Powell's website Swell is slated to begin filming Spring 2018. He has appeared in Made in Jersey and Madam Secretary on CBS, the short film This New York Story (DAMN Film Series selection), Roger and the Therapeutic Therapist, and the award-winning short film The Poet (Big Apple Film Festival, New York No Limits, New Filmmakers NY). He recently played Sam Malone in the National Tour of Cheers Live on Stage.  Powell is also in pre-production for a comedy web series he and a fellow actor developed about home brewing beer.