Grind : The Robert Wilmote Story

Director of Photography


This format-bending profile of Robert Wilmote reveals the story of a Liberian refugee forced to flee the most drastic and terrible circumstances imaginable. Having narrowly escaped the ravages of war in Africa, Robert’s struggles continue in the U.S. when he succumbs to the gangster lifestyle, only to become a convicted felon. At his absolute bottom, Robert knew he was meant for greater good. Through dramatic reenactments, featuring Robert himself, we discover how Robert's passion for fitness and helping others empowered him to transcend a life of violence and become a living legend. (Cinemascope 4K)

Best Documentary Short, Atlanta DocuFest, 2018.
Best Non-European Documentary, ECU European Independent Film Festival, 2018.
Best Documentary Short, Impact Docs Awards, 2017.
Best Documentary Short, Indiefest Film Awards, 2017.
Best Short Film, One-Reeler Short Film Competition, 2017.
Best Director - Yuri Alves, Documentary Short, Newark International Film Festival, 2018.

Short Documentary, Montclair Film Festival, 2018.
Short Documentary, NY Portuguese Short Film Festival, 2018.
Short Documentary, Africa World Doc Film Festival, 2018.
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Directed by Yuri Alves

Featuring: Robert Wilmote
Producers: Yuri Alves and Igor Alves
Executive Producers: Yuri Alves, Igor Alves, Mike Gomes
Associate Producers: Dan Dowding and Paul Burger
Consulting Producer: Christopher Santiago
Cinematographer: Michael Gomes
Editor: Yuri Alves, Caroline Sincaruk
Sound Editing and Mix: Mert Ozcan
Composer: Benjamin Zecker
Assistant Camera: Caroline Sincaruk and Marco Penajoia
Gaffer: Gabriel Kurzlop
Sound: Victor Buitrago
Colorist: Alex Maclean
Production Coordinator: Li Kurzlop
Production Assistants: Erick Arce, Corey Brumfield, Steven Goncalves, Khadiyah Thomas, Sharon Wu

Post Production Sound Services: The Record House
Post Production Color Services: Rogue
In Association with: The Hidden Fortress

Production Company: DreamPlay Media
Made with support from: Newark Office of Film and Television, City of Newark, Hell'z Kitchen Lounge