GROOVE THE MOVIE
GROOVE, Nikki’s first feature film as a producer and production designer is now running it’s festival cycle. With a successful premiere at the Long Island International Film Expo, it’s off to Florida for the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. Nikki location scouted, concepted ideas and aesthetics, coordinated costumes and props, and found a unique aesthetic for the film about three subway musicians and their misadventures. GROOVE shot in historic locations such as Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, Pianos in the Lower East Side, subway stations, and all around Brooklyn.
The crew of GROOVE is a group of young filmmakers who have a deep love for New York and the musicians who call the subway home. They have been working hard for over a year bringing this project to life — from beginning to interview countless buskers in the subway to casting our leads in a generously donated warehouse in Dumbo, Brooklyn, all the way to being accepted into Panavision’s New Filmmaker’s Program. GROOVE is estimated to be released in 2017.
The leads are not just actors — they are the characters. Sydney Shepherd has been busking in the subway with her band Bandits on the Run for over four years and recently finished a run on Broadway. Samuel Forrest spent years in touring bands as both a guitarist and singer. Sha James Beamon was born and raised in New York and is a talented musician who can regularly be seen in comedy clubs around the city.
You already know Melanie Matthews. She’s that kind of cute girl, with that kind of charming voice, who might kind of need a shower. She doesn’t know your name or your story and you certainly don’t know hers. Yet, you see her every morning as she serenades you while you wait for the L train. We call her a street performer but she calls herself a “rock star who just hasn’t gotten her big break.”
Enter James Parker…remember, he had that one hit wonder we all listened to in high school. He was in “Wild Card”, no no no no it was “The Supernovas.” Call it fate, chance, destiny or just some damn good screenwriting–Melanie and James meet and venture off together into the world of music. They finally get the chance to breathe fresh air and escape the subway trenches with the prospect of performing on a bigger stage–Groove: the coveted music competition held at the end of the summer.