FEATURE DOCUMENTARY | IN DEVELOPMENT
1 GRAND: AN UPCOUNTRY GUITAR STORY
1 GRAND [working title] is a feature documentary in development about the power of place, and how a world renown luthier could hold the secrets to living your OWN best life. Have you ever had so many signs something was “right” that it was impossible to ignore? That’s how this project FOUND us, and we are now so honored to release our first pitch reel for 1 GRAND:
Steve Grimes is a world-renowned luthier and musician who just happens to live a mile from our office in Kula, Maui. Greg Pecknold, long-time friend, mentor and now EP, surreptitiously introduced us to Steve and his wife, Mary Anna, and the rest is history. It turns out that Steve just made his 1000th instrument: a milestone we celebrated, and filmed, with a full-on celebrity gala in February – the stars aligned and here we are! 1 GRAND is a story about craft, passion, and living your best life. It’s a relatable film about the power of place, culture, and spirit that will inspire you to look hard at your own path, and maybe light that bulb of re-designing your future. The film is sprinkled with performances and interviews from celebrity musicians in Hawaii and beyond. Willie Nelson plays Grimes guitars. Paul Simon is a repeat customer. Jackson Browne, Jake Shimabukuro, George Benson, and Pat Simmons adorn the shop’s “Wall of Fame". With humor and humility, they tell us – and show us – what makes a Grimes guitar so unique and why the “luthier’s” job is so essential to their lives, and maybe yours.
WE'RE JUST GETTING STARTED
Help us make this film a reality! Donate to the project and put your name on the movie! All donations are tax deductible and film credits are possible. CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
Update 2/2021: We’re excited to announce that Ghislaine Couvillat and Whipped Sea have joined our team as Executive Producer to help produce, finish, and distribute this film! Learn more HERE.
GHISLAINE COUVILLAT (WHIPPED SEA): EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
GREG PECKNOLD: EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
LEAH WARSHAWSKI: PRODUCER | DIRECTOR | IMPACT PRODUCER
TODD SOLIDAY: DIRECTOR | CAMERA | EDITOR
CHRIS TOWEY: DP
TOBI NOVA: PRODUCTION SOUND
AFTER THE RAIN
There are the LUTHIERS of the world, who meld science and art into hand-hewn instruments.
There are the Songwriters, who mince melody and words into music.
There are the Musicians, the Singers, the Performers who then bare their souls, and touch ours.
And then, there is Steve Grimes: the rare talent, who blends all three.
From his cozy workshop, halfway up a volcano, he WRITES the songs that SING from the INSTRUMENTS he makes with his HANDS.
And when a global pandemic hits? His hands and mind never stop. Steve has managed to write a song for the times. And record it. And release it.
AFTER THE RAIN is a quarantine collaboration, filmed entirely in our backyards.
TODD SOLIDAY: DIRECTOR | CAMERA | EDITOR | RAINMAKER
STEVE GRIMES: THE MUSIC
"Veteran luthier and occasional recording artist Steve Grimes partnered with filmmakers Todd Soliday and Leah Warshawski to share his recently written song of hope in the time of the coronavirus pandemic. It is an exquisitely produced music video that previews a planned documentary on Grimes and his guitars. Grimes holds forth the promise that despite the 'turbulent times' we are living in, 'as sure as the sunset, this too will pass.' When Hawaii looks back on the songs that came out of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grimes' contribution will certainly be remembered as one of the best."