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Today's Kindness - Directed by Bill Grout and Jade Grout

Exploring what kindness means, a writer looking for a better way to live sees the needs of a homeless man. They become friends and the writer realizes how he can help a man without means. And the rewards are friendship, money, and learning that you are not alone.

Director Biography - Bill Grout

Bill Grout, born in 1950, is a San Francisco Bay area writer and author of twelve books. Bill's short film, “Today's Kindness,” presents a moment of celebration between Bill and a homeless friend named James. The movie depicts the difficulties of a black man alone and without money, just getting by. Bill and James become long time friends when Bill realizes how he might help James as he completes a new book project. A project that is all about kindness.

Bill has published many magazine articles and written as a software columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. His first nonfiction books were in the computer and education field. He publishes fiction and essays under the name Bill G. Morris. His first novel, Grey Goddess, about California mysticism, surfing, and the search for lost spirit, received excellent reviews and praise around the world. Surfing magazine said, “A true but comical depiction of the surfing lifestyle, Bill Morris has hit the lip with his book Grey Goddess!”

One of Bill’s books of which he is most proud is Notes to a Five-Year-Old, a group of essays, fatherly observations, and advice written for his daughter when she was five. He has also published two additional books of family essays, The Red Jacket, essays for his daughter about her mother who was lost to cancer, and Good Morning, Ryan, a book of humor, insights, and vignettes of childhood for his second five-year-old daughter, Ryan Rosemary. Bill is happily surrounded by his family in Half Moon Bay where he cooks dinner and tends two horses that his wife and daughter love.

Director Biography - Jade Grout

Jade is a promising young filmmaker who works on major movie releases as a 2nd Assistant Video Editor for Pixar Animation Studios. She's excited about working at the Pixar headquarters in the vibrant SF and Bar Area film industry. She’s thrilled to see projects that she contributes to released to major theater and television audiences across the US and globe.

Jade also worked as a video editor for BAYCAT Studio, an award-winning video production house that produces high-impact media for socially conscious clients in the Bay Area and beyond. During her time there she edited commercials and short films for Bay Area companies including the San Francisco Warriors. She also instructed and supported film interns in the management of post-production studio projects, editing, overseeing music selections, creating motion graphics and titles, and managing and archiving project media. Jade single-handedly filmed, edited, and completed the final post production of Today's Kindness.


Director Statement

Searching for more meaning, lost a bit in the hustle of corporate work, I began a daily quest to do random acts of kindness for others. And each day became an adventure in recognizing other's needs. I met and secretly helped many people. And I kept a diary of the things I learned. That diary became a book entitled "Todays Kindness." And as a final kindness, I created a movie that captures the giving to a homeless friend named James, a man without means, all donations and the proceeds of the book. And you'll see him surprised and a bit overcome. A good ending.


Project Type: Documentary, Short, Web / New Media

Runtime: 5 minutes 49 seconds

Completion Date: August 19, 2015

Country of Origin: United States

Country of Filming: United States


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