Lily in the Grinder
a short film about existence
directed by Michael Morgenstern
Ryan lives in Brooklyn and looks for a job, maybe in social media or something.
He sits around the house, wanders New York City, and questions the
point of his existence. Bridging experimental and narrative form,
Lily is like attending a live string quartet concert that explodes
into the visual field. The film flits to the future
and past and back while an original score,
written in the style of B¨¦la Bart¨®k,
tells its own piece of the story.
Draped in kaleidoscopic imagery
and crackling with dark humor,
Lily in the Grinder probes sex,
death, and time.
a human life
is a static
that cannot be said to truly begin or end?
What if we already are everything we will ever be?
Watch in a theater, it's way better! Learn more about hosting an event with Lily in the Grinder.
▾ View past screenings ▾
Newington Armory, Building 22
September 20 & 21
Oakland Underground Film Festival
Beinten film festival
Big Apple film festival
New York, NY
Mt. Hood Independent Film Festival
Columbia Center for the Arts
Hood River, OR
About the film
Lily in the Grinder was filmed in the summer of 2013 and had its online release in September 2014. If you like the film, take a look at:
- Shabbat Dinner, a short film directed by Michael Morgenstern in 2012.
- Everythingis|Film, the film's production company, based in San Francisco and also operating in Los Angeles and New York. Everythingis|Film produces commercials, music videos, and is in development on several indie features.
- Everythingis|Everything, Michael's blog.
Lily in the Grinder began its life with three events: at Anthology Film Archives in NYC, Dolby Studios in SF, and on the Raleigh Studios backlot in LA. The best way to experience the film is in a theater, with a director Q&A and screening.
A director's statement is available with purchase of the film.
The director and cast/crew members are available to host live or remote Q&As, and we can help you host a beautiful Lily event. To get in touch, email [email protected].