Greystone, a 30 minute narrative short, revisits one of the 20th century’s most shocking and mysterious society murders. Filmed on location at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills California, in the very rooms where the killings took place, and using only dialog appropriated from dozens of Hollywood feature films that were also shot within the storied estate, Greystone proposes a series of explanations for how a Los Angeles oil tycoon and his personal assistant might actually have arrived at their deaths.
As a location, Greystone Mansion has become an iconic setting for allusions to excessive and destructive wealth (Indecent Proposal, The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood) and to a bizarre space outside the logic of normal social relations (Flowers in the Attic, X-Men, House of the Damned). Taking as a starting point a series of serendipitous relationships between cinematic and actual history, it is perhaps the gaps in those relationships—the distance between cinematic representation and historical account—that become the true subject of the film, resulting in a haunting and at times humorous meditation on the nature of memory, perception and the elusiveness of objective truth.
“The dialogue is both uncannily familiar and awkwardly stilted, as if the actors are skipping lines or reciting from different pages... the script both propels the narrative and fractures the illusion, reminding us that we don’t in fact know what really happened.” - Los Angles Times