Ray and Lisa are working class immigrants living in a quiet, predominately Caucasian suburb. On the dawn on their honeymoon, Ray spontaneously ditches work to spend the afternoon day drinking with Lisa. But, what was supposed to be a fun-filled day of love, lust, and celebration of life quickly devolves into a harrowing evening of consequences… all while under the heavy scrutiny of a biased neighborhood watch.
Considered the “Brat Pitt” of Palestine, Saleh Bakri is one of the most versatile film and stage actors to emerge from the Middle East. The Grasshopper is slated to be his very first U.S. film, bringing with him an entire overseas audience that has seen his films go on to be official selections of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International, Toronto, BFI London, and even went on to be Palestine’s official submission for the Academy Awards. Bakri is fluent in English, Arabic, and Italian.
His films have grossed over $16 million dollars worldwide.
Iva is a Bulgarian-born, New York-based actress and filmmaker. Since the beginning of her career, she has been involved in over 100 plays, commercials, shorts and feature films. She is known for her starring roles in Claire Carré’s sleeper hit Embers (2015) and Slamdance’s “best-narrative” winner Joy de V. (2013).
Most recently, her short film Sunday (2017) was featured on Filmmaker Magazine as a must-watch.
Writer & Director
Recently named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine, Brad Bischoff is an award-winning writer and director from Chicago, IL. His work has been featured on The Atlantic, Short of the Week, and was voted one of the best short films of the year by Vimeo in 2013.
Brad is an alumni of the Telluride Film Festival student symposium (’07) and Columbia College Chicago (’09). Recently he was named a finalist for the acclaimed Sundance Screenwriting Labs and just last March was the recipient of IFP Chicago’s first ever Member Spotlight, which included a retrospective of his films at the historic Music Box Theatre. Later that year, he was selected by his peers as a Film 50 screen gem in the acclaimed NewCity publication.