Thursday, January 31, 2019

10th Annual Indie Series Awards: Complete List of Nominees

Dee Freeman and Michael Taylor Gray announced the 10th Annual Indie Series Awards nominees on Wednesday at The Colony Theatre.
The 10th Annual Indie Series Awards nominations were revealed on Wednesday in a Facebook Live broadcast hosted by former winners Dee Freeman and Michael Taylor Gray. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced entertainment created for the Web. Nominees were announced in 30 categories.

Giants led all series with 19 total nominations, followed by After Forever with 14. Those shows will compete in the Best Drama Series category with Conversations in L.A.In AbsentiaThe New 30Only ChildrenRiley Parra and What's Your Status.


Indoor Boys led all comedies with 13 nominations. The series is joined in the Best Comedy Series field by 190 Lorimer#AdultingThe Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse SoonishDoes It FartMy 90-Year-Old RoommateThe Rich and the Ruthless and #Washed.


Competing for Best Non-Fiction Series are Girl MessThe No-Name Cinema SocietyThe Vivid Project, What The IVF and The Witching Hour.


In all, there are 45 nominated series from around the globe: United States, Canada, Australia, Indie and the United Kingdom. Crystal trophies will be presented to the winners during a gala ceremony on April 3 at The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles. The two-day celebration includes a launch party, red carpet reception, press walk, presentation ceremony and official after party.


Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series.


Check out the complete list of nominees below.


Best Drama Series
After Forever
Conversations in L.A.
Giants
In Absentia
The New 30
Only Children
Riley Parra 
What's Your Status

Best Directing - Drama
After Forever, Jennifer Pepperman
Conversations in L.A., Anne Marie Cummings
Giants, Xavier Burgin
In Absentia, Jessica Silvetti & Ethan Kogan
Only Children, Danny Wascou
Riley Parra, Christin Baker

Best Writing - Drama
After, Joshua Schubart
After Forever, Michael Slade & Kevin Spirtas
Conversations in L.A., Anne Marie Cummings
Giants, J. August Richards
Only Children, Danny Wascou
What's Your Status, Sandeep Balan

Best Lead Actor - Drama
James Bland, Giants  
Adam Henry Garcia, Yes We Candidate
Joshua Schubart, After
Kevin Spirtas, After Forever
Gustavo Velasquez, Conversations in L.A.
Wayne Wilcox, Only Children

Best Lead Actress - Drama
Vanessa Baden Kelly, Giants
Anne Marie Cummings, Conversations in L.A.
Marem Hassler, Riley Parra
Cady Huffman, After Forever
Keylor Leigh, Only Children
Marie Wilson, Ladies of the Lake: Return to Avalon

Best Supporting Actor - Drama
Finn Douglas, After Forever
Aden Hakimi, Yes We Candidate
Brian Michael, After  
Terrence Terrell, Giants
Mansa Wakili, Giants
Alex Wyse, Only Children

Best Supporting Actress - Drama
Dralla Aierken, Only Children
Erin Cherry, After Forever
Caranita "Bird" Harrelson, Lovers Lane
Kate Huffman, The New 30
Tanee McCall, Giants
Joy McElveen, Giants

Best Guest Actor - Drama
Michael Chinyamurindi, Giants
Lou Diamond Phillips, Conversations in L.A.
Mark Harelik, Only Children
Mike McGowan, After Forever
Michael Satow, Yes We Candidate
Lenny Wolpe, After Forever

Best Guest Actress - Drama
Patrika Darbo, Ladies of the Lake: Return to Avalon
Anita Gillette, After Forever
Lauren B. Martin, Anacostia  
Kelsey Scott, Giants
Marina Sirtis, Riley Parra
Terra Strong, Conversations in L.A. 

Best Ensemble - Drama
After  
After Forever
Giants
The New 30
Only Children
What's Your Status

Best Comedy Series
190 Lorimer
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
#Adulting
Does It Fart
Indoor Boys
My 90-Year-Old Roommate
The Rich and the Ruthless
#Washed

Best Directing - Comedy
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish, Mike Fly
Awkwardly, Jessica Alexandra Green
Fam Club, Nick Casalini
Geoff and the Ninja, Jonathan Chuby & Jeremy Abbott
My 90-Year-Old Roommate, Sebastian Cluer
The Rich and the Ruthless, Victoria Rowell

Best Writing - Comedy
#Adulting, Thandi Tolmay & Ben Baur
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish, Brooks Gray & Morgan Waters
Does It FartStephen Senders
Indoor Boys, Wesley Taylor & Alex Wyse
My 90-Year-Old Roommate, Ethan Cole, David Lipson & Josh Shultz
The Rich and the Ruthless, Victoria Rowell & Victoria Christopher Murray

Best Lead Actor - Comedy
Ben Baur, #Adulting
James Franco, Ozara and Katessa
Caleb Leach, Three Year Letterman
Peyton R. Perrine II, Funny Married Stuff
Paul Soles, My 90-Year-Old Roommate  
Alex Wyse, Indoor Boys

Best Lead Actress - Comedy
Nikki Coble, Awkwardly
Holly Earl, Two Housemates
Muriel Montgomery, Fam Club
Lony'e Perrine, Funny Married Stuff
Alesha Reneé, The Rich and the Ruthless
Thandi Tolmay, #Adulting

Best Supporting Actor - Comedy
Chris Barnett, 190 Lorimer
Chris George, Wholesome Foods, I Love You... Is That OK?
Chris Robinson, The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
Wesley Taylor, Indoor Boys
Michael Tacconi, Indoor Boys
Ryan Wesen, 190 Lorimer

Best Supporting Actress - Comedy
Alaina Beauloye, That '80s Guy
Carolee Carmello, Indoor Boys
Inessa Frantowski, The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
Linda Kash, The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
Irene Roseen, The Rich and the Ruthless
Samara Stern, Wholesome Foods, I Love You... Is That OK?
                                                                             
Best Guest Actor - Comedy
Frankie Grande, Indoor Boys
Kyle Harris, Indoor Boys
Michael Kostroff, Indoor Boys
Brando Murphy, This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours
Pat Thornton, The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
Verne Troyer, My 90-Year-Old Roommate  

Best Guest Actress - Comedy
Veanne Cox, Indoor Boys
Celeste Den, Funny Married Stuff
Denise Reed, 190 Lorimer
Krysta Rodriguez, Indoor Boys
Rana Roy, Indoor Boys
Connie Wang, Wholesome Foods, I Love You... Is That OK?

Best Ensemble - Comedy
190 Lorimer
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
Funny Married Stuff
Indoor Boys
The Rich and the Ruthless
Two Housemates

Best Cinematography
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish, Curtis Galindo-Orozco
Conversations in L.A., Sebastian Heinrich
Damaged, Ben Lichty
In Absentia, Dennis Zanatta
Only Children, Brandon Musselman
Riley Parra, David Chung

Best Editing
After, Andrew Nielson
Does It Fart, Richard Rotter
Geoff and the Ninja, Jeremy Abbott & Jonathan Chuby
Giants, Angelica Lopez
My 90-Year-Old Roommate, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
What's Your Status, Nitesh Varma

Best Costume Design
After Forever, Jennifer Kirschman
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish, Vanessa Fischer
Asunder The Series, James Corvino & Jay Villafane
Geoff and the Ninja, Cori Ramsay & Caitlin Bennett
Giants, Apuje Kalu
Riley Parra, Katie Mitchell

Best Makeup
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish, Jessica Panetta
Ozara and Katessa, Darci Snider & Nana Fischer
Geoff and the Ninja, Sabrina Mori
Roads to Keystone, George Barr
After Forever, Angela-Lynn Ware
Unconditional Love, Tanya Cabral

Best Production Design
After, Charlie "Chaspooley" Robinson
After Forever, Scott Michael Salame
The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish, Rosalie Mackintosh & Ashley Devereux
Does It Fart, Anne Douris
Giants, Roscoe Spears
Riley Parra, Cassandra Vance

Best Special/Visual Effects
190 Lorimer, Dustin Knoop
Does It Fart, Ryan Lussing, Michael Sauro, Timothy Stevens-Eustace & Ilya Schwarz
Geoff and the Ninja, Jeremy Abbott
Rebecca Gold, LHRL
Riley Parra, Lucy Burton
Tales from the Murder Room, King Jeff

Best Original Score
After, Miles Ito
Geoff and the Ninja, Curtis Abriel
Giants, Austin Wintory
In Absentia, Marc Timón
People Watching, David Dedourek
Rebecca Gold, Neil Myers

Best Soundtrack
Funny Married Stuff, Carolyn Richardson
Giants, Portia Mazone
Only Children, Bradinn French & Danny Wascou
Or Die Trying, Jon Kleinhans
Three Year Letterman, Seth Morton and Nick Davis
Yes We Candidate, Adam Henry Garcia

Best Original Song
"Beat of Your Heart" by Drew Anthuny from Giants
"More Love" by Kareem James and Ashly Williams from Giants
"Nothing I Can Say" by Alyssa Magarry from Life of Jess
"On Us" by Justin Leakey from Asunder The Series
"Remember" by Colin Deane from Roads to Keystone
"What's Your Status" by Arun Haridas Kamat from What's Your Status  

Best Non-Fiction Series
Girl Mess
The No-Name Cinema Society
The Vivid Project
What The IVF
The Witching Hour


TOTAL NOMINATIONS BY SERIES
19 Giants
14 After Forever
13 Indoor Boys
12 The Amazing Gayl Pile: Apocalypse Soonish
11 Only Children
Conversations in L.A.
Riley Parra
After
190 Lorimer
Geoff and the Ninja
My 90-Year-Old Roommate
The Rich and the Ruthless
Does It Fart
Funny Married Stuff
What's Your Status
#Adulting
In Absentia
Yes We Candidate
The New 30
Wholesome Foods, I Love You... Is That OK?
Asunder The Series
Awkwardly
Fam Club
Ladies of the Lake: Return to Avalon
Ozara and Katessa
Rebecca Gold
Roads to Keystone
Three Year Letterman
Two Housemates
Anacostia
Damaged
Girl Mess
Life of Jess
Lovers Lane
The No-Name Cinema Society
Or Die Trying
People Watching
Tales from the Murder Room
That ‘80s Guy
This Eddie Murphy Role is Mine, Not Yours
Unconditional Love
The Vivid Project
#Washed
What The IVF
The Witching Hour

The annual Indie Series Awards is an initiative to elevate the entire indie series genre, organized by the nonprofit Indie Series Network. All proceeds from entry fees, ticket sales, program ads, etc. are reinvested in the production of the event. ISA10 is produced by We Love Soaps LLC (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) in cooperation with the Indie Series Network (IndieSeriesNetwork.org) and media partner Serial Scoop.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Mockumentary Web Series About Space Travel, ‘My Astronaut,’ Premieres Today


Micah wants to be with Maggie, but Maggie wants to go to Mars. Can their love survive her one-way ticket to another planet? “My Astronaut,” an eight episode mockumentary web series, answers the question of what one dim-witted boyfriend does to keep his girlfriend from leaving and his life from changing forever. The trailer is out now, and the pilot will premiere on May 3, 2018. The series features comedians Scott Adsit (30 Rock), Sarah Stiles (Get Shorty), and Pia Glenn (The Opposition with Jordan Klepper) in supporting roles.

Season one starts with two bewildered filmmakers arriving to profile Maggie Placek (Magdalena Waz), an underdog candidate for a civilian mission to Mars, but they soon find that her boyfriend, Micah Pevsner (Micah Paisner), might hold the key to a story far more compelling than a simple 30 second candidate bio. Shot in 3 out of 5 of New York City’s boroughs, the “My Astronaut” team took full advantage of everything the city had to offer including iconic locations like the Staten Island Ferry and the Columbia University campus, and less iconic locations, like the Red Hook IKEA and the sleepy neighborhoods of Staten Island.

“Shooting guerilla style gave us the opportunity to have our characters interact with rich environments,” says Nick Weiss-Richmond, one of the series’ creators and directors. “It blended seamlessly with the improvisational elements of the story.”

The eight episodes of season one will premiere once a week on YouTube and Vimeo every Thursday.



CREATOR BIOS

BJ Downs is a multiple award-winning cinematographer and VFX designer. Inspired at an early age by science fiction movies, he quickly developed an affinity for the visual arts. Since, he has produced commercials for several international brands; including Adidas, Mad Decent, and BMW. He also has worked on several award-winning independent films, helping to bring the director's creative vision into reality. Now, he is pioneering new effects and workflows for VR; driven by the pursuit of incredible immersion.

Micah Paisner is a Los Angeles-based screenwriter who hails from Chicago. From an early age, he was interested in comedy, and after graduating from Lawrence University, he enrolled in Second City Chicago's sketch writing program. He relocated to New York to get his MFA in Screenwriting at Columbia University. His scripts have been chosen as finalists in multiple contests, and his most recent film "You, Me & Me" (2016) has screened in festivals across the country.

Magdalena Waz moved from Kraków to Chicago to Wisconsin to Ohio to New York to Los Angeles. She's a writer and editor whose articles, essays, and fiction have appeared in Threadcount, Necessary Fiction, and The Collagist. She holds an MA from Miami University (Ohio) in creative writing, and her debut novel, Return on Investment, was published by Fiction Attic Press in 2016.

Nick Weiss-Richmond is an LA-based writer, director and editor originally from Boston, Massachusetts. Recent projects include the short “Molly Mayor” (2017), an official selection at Charlotte, Atlanta Shorts, Woods Hole, New Hampshire, Great Lakes and Santa Fe Independent Film Festivals. He holds an MFA in directing from Columbia University and has taught at various institutions, including Adelphi University.

WHERE TO FIND MY ASTRONAUT

Website: https://www.myastronautseries.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyAstronautTV/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe_5vWycALU5c0qJe95zDoQ

Watch the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards


Watch the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards, which was held on April 4, 2018, at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. The ceremony was hosted by Emmy Award winner Patrika Darbo.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

‘Brosa Nostra’ Earns "High" Praise for 4/20 Release on Amazon Prime Video

On April 20, the stoner dramedy web-series Brosa Nostra made its online premiere on Amazon Prime Video.

In Brosa Nostra, after 33 years of exile, fraternity president Steve Olivieri (Jason David) wants Sigma Mu Theta (𝚺𝚳𝚹) to return to Greek Row at Southern California College. A legion of fraternity presidents would rather they not. Their way in? A new strain of 𝚺𝚳𝚹 weed and a high worthy of Greek Row. But will IFC find Steve’s proposal dank or not dank?

Before it’s web debut, the series premiere screened at Hollyweb Festival, Hollywood Comedy Shorts, and Die Laughing Film Festival and received a Silver Remi for Best Web Series at Worldfest-Houston Independent Film Festival in 2017.

Brosa Nostra is a web series born out of love for frat comedy and the gangster genre. It’s a comeback story that calls back to my own time in Greek Life, where against all odds we restored our fraternity to prominence and returned to The Row,” said Mike Smith, co-creator of Brosa Nostra and director of the series premiere. “But in Brosa Nostra, that’s only the beginning of the story.”

Brosa Nostra stars Jason David, Autumn Chiklis, Tre Hall & Jack Shulruff and features Ronak Gandhi, Eddie Shan, Isaac Jay, Geoffrey Katz, Dani Goffstein, Alex Diehl, Marcus Wayne & Romeo Miller as co-stars. The series is created and written by Mike Smith, Zach Rodham & Connor Fitzgerald; and is produced by James Goldberg & Marc Rosenzweig, executive producers Noor Alfallah, Remi Alfallah & Nicole Boxer, and Zephyr Entertainment.

About Zephyr Entertainment Network, LLC: Zephyr Entertainment is a Los Angeles-based production company dedicated to reinventing classic cinema in the New Media Era and fostering a community of forward thinking creatives. For more information, visit zephyrentertainment.net.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

WINNERS: 9th Annual Indie Series Awards


The winners of the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards were revealed on Wednesday, April 4 at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced entertainment created for the Web.

Top honors went to Giants and How to Buy a Baby, named best drama and best comedy series of the year. Vintage America with Ginger took home the first ever prize for best non-fiction series. Ladies of the Lake led all series with four wins.

Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series. The inspirational ceremony was hosted by Emmy winner Patrika Darbo, who took home her first individual ISA for her work in comedy hit Indoor Boys.

A number of soap opera stars who took home ISAs this year, including Arianna Zucker, Ian Buchanan, Kyle Lowder, Alex Wyse and Victoria Rowell (as part of the winning ensemble from The Rich and the Ruthless). Though he didn't take home an ISA for either of his two Ladies of the Lake musical nominations, Days of our Lives executive producer was thanked and applauded by winners and presenters alike throughout the evening. Other past and present soap opera nominees included Jacklyn Zeman, Maeve Quinlan, Jade Harlow, Brandon Beemer, Eric Nelsen, Jennifer Bassey, Chad Duell, along with numerous others as part of nominated ensembles.

In all, 46 series were nominated from around the globe: United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Singapore and Uruguay.

Check out a complete list of winners below.

Best Drama Series
Giants

Best Directing - Drama
Dan Ast, L.A. Macabre

Best Writing - Drama
James Bland, Giants

Best Lead Actor - Drama
Kyle Lowder, Ladies of the Lake

Best Lead Actress - Drama
Marem Hassler, Riley Parra

Best Supporting Actor - Drama
Wil Lash, Anacostia

Best Supporting Actress - Drama
Lindsey Middleton, Out With Dad

Best Guest Actor - Drama
Ian Buchanan, Ladies of the Lake

Best Guest Actress - Drama
Arianne Zucker, Ladies of the Lake

Best Ensemble - Drama
The Bay

Best Comedy Series
How to Buy a Baby

Best Directing - Comedy
Molly McGlynn, How to Buy a Baby

Best Writing - Comedy
Natalie Smyka, ThreadBare

Best Lead Actor - Comedy
Alex Wyse, Indoor Boys

Best Lead Actress - Comedy
Rachel B. Joyce, Royally

Best Supporting Actor - Comedy
Andy King, Filth City

Best Supporting Actress - Comedy
June Diane Raphael, ThreadBare

Best Guest Actor - Comedy
Zac Titus, Bad Timing

Best Guest Actress - Comedy
Patrika Darbo, Indoor Boys

Best Ensemble - Comedy
The Rich and the Ruthless

Best Cinematography
David Chung, Riley Parra

Best Editing
Nick Nordfors, Haunt ME

Best Costume Design
Vanessa Fischer, Filth City

Best Makeup
Jen Fregozo & Jennifer Corona, Ladies of the Lake

Best Production Design
Florian Wolf, Dear Mankind

Best Special/Visual Effects
Andreas Schmidt, Dear Mankind

Best Soundtrack
Judith Avers, Or So the Story Goes

Best Original Score
Mike Meehan, L.A. Macabre

Best Original Song
"Lost" from Giants, written by Drew Anthuny

Best Non-Fiction Series
Vintage America with Ginger

WINS BY SERIES
4 Ladies of the Lake
3 Giants
2 Dear Mankind
2 Filth City
2 How to Buy a Baby
2 Indoor Boys
2 L.A. Macabre
2 Riley Parra
2 ThreadBare
1 Anacostia
1 Bad Timing
1 The Bay
1 Haunt ME
1 Or So the Story Goes
1 Out With Dad
1 The Rich and the Ruthless
1 Royally
1 Vintage America with Ginger

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

NOMINEES: 9th Annual Indie Series Awards


NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED FOR 9th ANNUAL INDIE SERIES AWARDS

30 Categories Honor Social Relevance, Artistic Merit, Excellence in Craft

NEW YORK, NY, January 31, 2018 – The nominations for the 9th Annual Indie Series Awards were revealed on Wednesday, January 31. The ISAs celebrate the best in independently produced entertainment created for the Web. Nominees were announced in 30 categories.

Ladies of the Lake led all series with 18 total nominations, followed by The Bay with 16. Those shows will compete in the Best Drama Series category with AnacostiaGiantsL.A. MacabreRiley ParraRunning With Violet and Teenagers.

Filth City led all comedies with 12 nominations. The series is joined in the Best Comedy Series field by 190 LorimerThe Amazing Hoolister ParkBad TimingDear MankindHow to Buy a BabyIndoor Boys and ThreadBare.

The first ever category for unscripted shows was added this year.  Competing for Best Non-Fiction Series are 1 Minute MealHaunt MEVintage America with Ginger and Where I Don't Belong.

In all, there are 44 nominated series from around the globe: United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Singapore and Uruguay. Crystal trophies will be presented to the winners during a gala ceremony on April 4 at The Colony Theatre in Los Angeles. The two-day celebration includes a launch party, red carpet reception, press walk, presentation ceremony and official after party.

Since 2009, the Indie Series Award has honored the most creative and progressive talent in independent web series. 

The Annual Indie Series Awards is an initiative to elevate the entire indie series genre, organized by the nonprofit Indie Series Network. All proceeds from entry fees, ticket sales, program ads, etc. are reinvested in the production of the event. ISA9 is produced by We Love Soaps LLC (Crown Heights, Brooklyn) in cooperation with the Indie Series Network (IndieSeriesNetwork.org) and media partner Serial Scoop. 

The nominees are: