We may be witnessing the slowest vehicle race across America in the history of television.
The Great Grass Race is a reality television series that follows twelve contestants in six teams that rode lawnmowing vehicles at 5.5 miles per hour from Los Angeles to New York. The contestants have no gas, food, or shelter along the way. They must use their wits and charm with strangers (and fans of social media) to provide the necessities to complete the trek. Additionally, the contestants cannot use any monies whatsoever.
The competition race was gauged for three months and filmed during the coronavirus pandemic. Today marks the first contestants crossing the finish line in Tampa Bay (New York finish was changed for various reasons), and winners are declared.
The race path started in Los Angeles into Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and then into St. Louis. From St. Louis, the contestants veered off in their own path towards the finish line in the Southern states. They faced weather issues, police officers, starvation, sunburns, and even each other during their journey. Even some of the contestants quit during the filming. However, the competition show does reveal the resilience and determination of the rest of the contestants and the surprising generosity of strangers across America.
LRM Online’s Gig Patta exclusively interviewed director Cosmos Kiindarius for The Great Grass Race. We discussed the rules of the reality competition race. Not to mention, the complicated logistics of filming and following six different teams at a snail pace across America. And, yes, there will be a season two in the future.
Kiindarius is a writer and director. His award-winning short films led him to his first feature film in 2016 with Stand. He had worked in various capacities on top films such as Zodiac and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Although the winner is declared today, more episodes are still released in the future showing the day-by-day trek.
All episodes can be streamed on the official web site of Menace Vision for free.
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Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Menace Vision