Director: Greg Harrison
Screenwriters: Greg Harrison

Institute History

  • 2000 Sundance Film Festival


Most of the major media paint a rave simply as an all-night party, with crowds of drugged-out twenty-somethings dancing till dawn. But for those who’ve never been to one, filmmaker Greg Harrison’s depiction is a much more interesting and entertaining encounter with the spectacle and what makes it happen than you might imagine.
Filled with the assurance and detail that clearly comes from an intimate knowledge of these events, Groove is a finely tuned and realistically constructed film that takes apart an evening from A to Z without uncalled-for contrivances or melodramatics. As the e-mail blips out, announcing to a disparate and loosely connected community the night’s plans, the organizers gather an informal but coordinated team and set out to the evening’s destination. Confidently, they set in motion every spect of what’s necessary to turn a deserted warehouse into an underground rave scene. Meanwhile, David Turner, a somewhat geeky and struggling writer, is invited by his hip artist brother, Colin, to join him as he prepares a big surprise for his raver-sprite girlfriend, Harmony. Swept into the revelry, David embarks on a night that changes his life.

With a taken-for-granted attitude to sex, drugs, and police harassment and a sophisticated, exhilarating musical milieu, Groove is a low-budget Nashville of youthful subculture. Brimming with authenticity, spirit, and an intelligent approach to relationships and community, it offers a very non-generic look at the lives of a generation that has rarely been this honestly profiled.

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