Synopsis: “Anyone who’s ever seen a teen comedy knows what a high school graduation looks like in the United States: a bunch of teenagers sit next to each other in heavy gowns and tasselled hats, sweating in the summer sun, waiting their turn to collect their diplomas. But what does a high school graduation look like in the middle of a pandemic? How do you walk down the aisle when you’re not allowed to leave your car? The Procession gives viewers an insight into what that experience looked like, in a year where society had to come up with new ways to do old things.
The film – co-directed by Grant and Adam Conversano – brings us into the world of a few thousand high school seniors from North Carolina as they go through a one-of-a-kind graduation ceremony at the Charlotte Motor Speedway (yes, the one from Logan Lucky). There’s not much in the way of interviews or explanations. Instead, we see the event unfold in a quiet, natural fashion, almost like we’re on the ground with the camera crew, observing the ways in which this particular event differed from the kind of ceremony we’re used to seeing.” – Adam Banks, Short of the Week
Apple House Pictures is co-writer/director duo Grant and Adam Conversano. They are queer siblings from Concord, North Carolina. Grant Conversano is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Film Directing program. They have worked for SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Sundance Institute, and are an alumnus of the Telluride Film Festival Student Symposium. Grant is a 2020 Indie Grits Lab Real Fiction Fellow, a board member of the OUT at the Movies Film Festival, and works annually in the education department at the Telluride Film Festival. Their student films have been featured on the PBS program Film School Shorts, NoBudge, & Directors Notes. Adam Conversano is a graduate of the Visual Arts program at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking.