I asked Blake McCarty if he wanted to collaborate on a short film inspired by my “granddaughter” Viv. Viv was adopted at infancy by our friends Michael and Calvin and because there were no grandparents in her life she -- in turn -- adopted me and my partner as “The Gramps”.

Together Blake and I co-wrote the screenplay which he directed and edited. We asked Michael Biello and Dan Martin if we could use their song “Come Closer” from the musical The Cousins Grimm as part of the story telling. The result is a seven-minute musical short using live action and stop motion animation. It is part of an intended web or TV series that focuses on queering up stories from The Brothers Grimm. Papa’s Prince focuses on a 7-year-old girl (coincidentally named Viv) who invents a fairy tale about how her Dads met as a way to entertain her new friend, Henry. By the end of Viv’s imaginative tale replete with Busby Berkeley Barbies, Henry is so intrigued that he decides to see how his beloved action figure would look holding hands with one of the figures Viv uses to tell her deconstructed version of The Frog Prince.

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