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.


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.



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.

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

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

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


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 ( and media partner Serial Scoop. 

The nominees are:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

‘Educated Fleas’ Web Series Premieres on Vimeo

What do you wish you were taught about sex? This question is the engine behind Mae Smith and Emily Hornsby’s new sex positive comedic web series, Educated Fleas. The first four episodes (of six) are now out on Vimeo. The fifth episode will be released tomorrow at 3PM!

Educated Fleas follows Ruth, a woman in her early thirties who, almost by accident, starts professionally giving the "birds and bees" talk to the children of wealthy NY parents. Each episode involves a sex talk with a kid and then re-examines the topic of that talk through the lens of an adult sexual relationship in the life of Ruth or her friends.

Making this series has been an adventure! As Mae and Emily were writing, they talked to many friends about their horrifying experiences (or lack thereof) with sex education. For example, Mae was taught that sex was a really tight hug, and subsequently didn’t hug a boy until she was fourteen. Ruth is the voice for all of the things they wish they were told as kids.

"Ruth has a complicated relationship with sex and love while also being an advocate for sexual empowerment," said star of the series Crosby Fitzgerald. "I think a lot of people can relate to having that complex dichotomy of thought."

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

‘Girls Like Magic’: New LGBTQ Comedy Releases Trailer Before September 19th Premiere

Casey (Brea Grant) and Jamie (Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera)
WowNow Entertainment has released the trailer for Girls Like Magic in advance of its launch on September 19th. Magic follows Maggie (creator Julia Eringer), who has just arrived in Los Angeles to be with her chauvinistic boyfriend (Dominic Adams, Devious Maids/SIX) and doesn’t know a soul this side of the pond. When she overhears her new downstairs neighbor Jamie (Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera) loudly making up, and then breaking up, with her ex-girlfriend Casey (Brea Grant, EastSiders/Heroes/Dexter) she offers a shoulder to cry on with a side of cookies and vodka. The two hit it off, Jamie dubs Maggie “Magic” for saving her night, and an unlikely friendship is born. As Magic helps Jamie navigate her newly single life, Jamie introduces Magic to the wonderful world of being gay: the cliques, the dildos, and the drama. As they become closer they wonder, are they best friends or are they more? Will their relationship make them stronger or will they fall back into old, bad habits and toxic relationships?

Creator Julia Eringer says she was inspired by real people and events in creating the series.

"Coming from the UK, I hadn't experienced anything quite like the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles before: the fun, the drama, and the celebratory nature of the community," she says. "On a deeper level I was entranced by the freedom, the intense self-awareness and the rigorous commitment to being who you are. I felt I could relate to the LGBTQ community in a way that I hadn’t been able to relate to a group of people before. My friendship with Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera led to a deeper understanding of her experience as I was able to observe her struggle of growing up as a queer woman of color. Girls Like Magic is based on our real-life friendship and is a love letter to her.
Magic (Julia Eringer) and Jamie (Shantell Yasmine Abeydeera)
Although Girls Like Magic is a comedy, I wanted to address, head on, the harsh realities of coming to terms with who you are, and the prejudices, both internal and external, that come with that. I also wanted to explore the blurring lines of sexuality. It’s not all black and white, gay or straight: Love and attraction are not that easy to define. At the end of the day maybe the only definition we need is love."

Girls Like Magic reunites some of the team behind the Emmy-nominated and Indie Series Award winning series EastSiders, including: Inuka Bacote-Capiga (Producer), Robert Edgecomb (Cinematographer), and Kit Williamson (Director). They are joined by Satish Fernando (Editor).

Girls Like Magic will be available September 19th on iTunes, Fandango Now, Vudu, and Amazon.

Watch the trailer below.