Producing your own comedy series is tough. Getting Hollywood to look at it is even more difficult. But after Netflix earned the first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for a streaming series in 2013, putting your production online yourself makes more and more sense to independent producers who don’t want to wait on the sidelines.
If you want to catch up on a smart new web comedy series and hear directly from its creator, plan to stop by the IFP’s John Street media center in Brooklyn this Wednesday, March 11. The. free screening – which starts at 7:30pm – will be followed by an interview with NYC-based filmmaker Rachel Morgan. You can register by going here.
Rachel will be screening the complete run of her new comedic web series ‘Middle Americans’. Beginning as a classic fish out of water story – well, in this case actually two sisters out of Düsseldorf – the show is set in North Dakota, just the sort of flyover-zone locale where they might search for the protagonists’ biological father even as they embark on their plans to make it big in the dance world.
The screening begins at 7:30pm, with the director (Rachel also stars as Aslaug Slaug in the mini-series) answering questions afterward about just what an Indie producer needs to do these days to take on Netflix, Amazon and other big-pocketed companies with Big Network aspirations.
While she isn’t a Dancing with the Stars winner, Ms. Morgan has managed to write a successful role for herself. She includes this line in her bio: “After her success overcoming breast cancer with holistic medicine, Rachel is pursuing a new passion for writing comedy, switching gears to bring laughter into the world.” Sounds pretty intriguing to me.