Private Project

The Bugs and the Slugs

A human boy embarks on a journey of sexual discovery on an alien planet. When his forbidden romance with a troll is discovered, he must earn his place in the village or he will be roasted alive.

  • Greyson Horst
  • Greyson Horst
  • Ashley Chan
  • Lucy Smith-Williams
  • Tim Preston
  • Manny Dunn
    Key Cast
  • DaQuane Cherry
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Fantasy, LGBTQ, Romance
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 15, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    35,000 USD
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Director Biography - Greyson Horst

Greyson Horst is a filmmaker and editor from Sacramento, CA. He completed two years of his undergraduate degree at Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, studying narrative film and documentary. In 2017, he co-directed and edited Dempsey the Diabetic Superhero which was a semi-finalist for the 44th Student Academy Awards. Greyson completed his final two years of undergrad at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he dove head first into experimental and genre filmmaking. He is currently in pre-production for Throuple, a feature film about a singer-songwriter embracing romantic firsts as he embarks on a journey of self actualization.

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Director Statement

As a queer filmmaker, I am intrigued by stories of sexual discovery. This project came from my own experiences of self-exploration and acceptance with my bisexual identity. I wanted to explore the confusion, embarrassment, and excitement of novel sexual experiences. Our approach was to take a lived-in queer experience and extrapolate it out into a fully realized fantasy environment. This opens the door for broader audiences to experience a story about sexuality in a wildly fun and utterly unique way.