Local Filmmaker Holds Screening of Short Film

by Matt Ristaino
June 26, 2016

On Friday night, there was a film screening of Beyond the Grid, a short film directed by local filmmaker Raouf Zaki, at Holliston High School.

On Friday night, there was a film screening of Beyond the Grid, a short film directed by local filmmaker Raouf Zaki, at Holliston High School. The film is a comedy that follows a man on a series of blind dates with a set of sisters.

Screenshot from the film, courtesy of RA Vision Productions

“I always liked comedy,” said Zaki, who has made two other short films previously, one of them a comedy like Beyond the Grid. “I wanted to make a film all outdoors and in bizarre locations that are off the grid.”

The film's four main scenes were all shot in Holliston and the surrounding area, and the production team had to rely on the cooperation of the locals to be able to shoot on the locations that they wanted.

“Finding the locations was a challenge, but the local people were very generous in terms of getting locations,” said Zaki. “It was so nice having people open up their farms.”

Director Raouf Zaki answers questions during the Q&A session following the screening.

Zaki gave special thanks to the people at Little Beehive Farm in Holliston during the Q&A session after the screening for allowing the crew to use their farm as a location in the film.

The film took almost a year to put together in total. Zaki said that he first found the script online, which was written by Jason Allen, who lives in Tennessee, and that he optioned the script last June.

Lead actor Rosario Corso

He went on to say that the production team was assembled in September and October, and that all the casting for the show was done over Skype in the fall. Filming took place in early November, and they were able to get everything shot before Thanksgiving, leaving all winter to work on post-production.

Zaki plans on entering Beyond the Grid in as many film festivals as possible this summer, both nationally and internationally. His previous two films have won multiple awards at short film festivals.

Screenshot from the film, courtesy of RA Vision Productions

“I think it’s a beautiful American story about dating in the modern age with offbeat characters,” Zaki said. “Comedy is about the characters. It’s all in the script and the actors.”

 

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Comments (1)

I was at the screening. it was probably my third favorite movie of all time after the godfather and deer hunter. thank you.

- Scott Kelly | 6/27/16 10:03 PM

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