Grotto (2013)

About This Project


A 20-year-old boy returns to his hometown after a year of big changes away at school.


Marco is a small town 20-year-old going to college in bustling Manhattan. When he returns to his rural home for the summer, Marco reunites with his best friends at a midnight pool party with intentions to tell them some hefty news. But as he tries to hold his ground, an unexpected guest to the party, coupled with an approaching storm, compromise everything Marco anticipated the night to be.


Marco ………………. Ben Getz
Ben ………… Adam Jepsen
Claudia ……. Lian Toni Amado
Manny ……………… JC Casely
Andrea ……. Daniella Escobio


OUTstanding Emerging Talent, Dave Scala
FilmOUT San Diego


Palm Springs International ShortFest
• Rhode Island International Film Festival
Columbus International Film + Video Festival
Boston LGBT Film Festival
FilmOUT San Diego
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Birmingham SHOUT: Gay + Lesbian Film Festival
Kansas City Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
OUTflix Film Festival
Long Beach QFilm Festival
ImageOut: The Rochester LGBT Film & Video Festival
Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Sacramento International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Southwest Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Pink Sheep Film Festival
St. Louis QFest
Philly QFest
Desperado Film Festival
Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Australia)
Rio Festival de Gay Cinema (Brazil)
Festival MIX Brasil (Brazil)
Fairy Tales Film Festival (Canada)
OUTView Film Festival (Greece)
Budapest LGBT Film Festival (Hungary)
Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (South Africa)
Kyiv International Queer Film Festival (Ukraine)


Writer/Director: Dave Scala
Producers: Dave Scala, Francisco Lupini Basagoiti
Director of Photography: Igor Kropotov
Production Manager: Olga Ryrakhovsky
Script Supervisor: Logan Lee Lamson
1st AC: Arina Bleiman
Gaffer: Shilpi Agrawal
Production Sound: Francisco Lupini Basagoiti
Picture Editor and Sound Design: Dave Scala
Re-Recording Engineer: Arjun G. Sheth
Original Score: Andres Soto
Grip: Dan Case Levitt



Drama, LGBTQ+, Short Film
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