We love web fests. They make our jobs, which are already pretty fun, a blast. We look forward all year to the ones we get to attend, and generally devote a ton of time and focus to these showcases of online talent. Often, our physical attendance is limited by things like "geography" and "time", so we were especially thrilled to learn that a new fest was starting up right in our own backyard. The Miami Web Fest may be a first year festival, but it boasts and impressive number of shows, screenings, premieres, and talks. We are, of course, sending our crack news team to the event, where they will be conducting interviews, chatting with folks on the red carpet and generally having a fabulous time mingling with the rest of the web series community.
Come to Miami for the Beaches, Stay for the Web Series!
As always, we will have lots of photo and videos updates throughout the next two weeks, as well as podcasts and show reviews. We hope you have a chance to get to the festival, but if you don't, well, we think you've found the next best thing!
By Yuri Baranovsky
I have a personal challenge for you that I hope you’ll be kind enough to accept.
Here’s the thing. Digital media is in a funny place right now. While the last few years there have been a slew of interesting, independent series funded by brands and networks, 2014 has been sorely lacking in this department. The brands and networks, it appears, have found two other places to go: one, TV and film creators who have significant credits to create significant projects at significant budgets.
And you: the scrappy, subscriber-building, personality-driven vloggers and sketch groups. The very successful YouTubers.
For a while – and maybe still – you had trouble gaining proper respect as entertainers, as creators who did things that mattered. People saw you as kids yelling into webcams and maybe, for some of you, that was exactly what you were when you started. But things have changed. As Harley Morenstein so aptly put it at the Streamys: “Any YouTuber that touched this microphone tonight is a millionaire. Don't you ever forget that.”
Welcome to Miami (Bienvenido a Miami)! Here Are Some Reviews!
Austerity: A nine letter word with the impact of one of the dreaded 4-letterers. In the modern age, the word is most frequently applied to strict economic measures taken by governments in an effort to reduce spending. The idea is that governments can best provide for their citizens by taxing them as little as possible, taking only what is absolutely necessary to keep the government functioning, and leaving the populace the rest of their money to with what they will. This is a popular strategy these days in both the US and the EU, which is strange because it has never ever ever ever worked. Ever.
The Pantsless Detective
I've written before about my love of all things noir, but loving something doesn't preclude one from being aware of its flaws. In fact, some might say that to truly love something, you must acknowledge what's wrong with it. If that's the case, then Dipu Bhattacharya and Tom Chamberlain are even bigger fans noir fans than I am.
Firsts: The Series
In Firsts, creator Courtney Rackley has re-conceptualized the standard rom-com. She features the same characters and actors throughout, but each episode has a different writer and director, giving this funny, and sometimes raunchy, series a fresh outlook on the firsts that happen during a courtship.
Broken At Love
We’ve all been there. Had our hearts broken, stomped on and thrown in the dumpster by someone totally unworthy of our love. Broken At Love chronicles the story of student filmmaker Vivie Taylor (Karolina Sivas) and the object of her affection, rising tennis star Holden Gregory (Rob Healy).
Damn it Bleak! You are such a tease. You give me a great show, but only four episodes? WTF?? I need to see more of these characters! Maybe it’s a good thing creators Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan are in Australia and I’m in Florida, or I would be holding them hostage until they came up with more episodes.
I think guidance counselors are tied with health teachers as having the hardest jobs in education. I don't mean to diminish the work of other educators and school professionals, they all have it pretty rough (other than gym teachers) but the counselors and health teachers have it even harder.
Six degrees of separation is the theory that every person in the world can be connected to any other person in the world through a chain of no more than five intermediary acquaintances. When talking about small towns, the degrees of separation are likely to diminish. Everyone in a small town is likely to not only know, but also be related in some way to many of the people in that town.
F*ck the Zombies
I don't know much about much. This should be obvious to anyone who has read my reviews before. For a lot of the shows I watch, I lack for a frame of reference, and have to draw vague parallels with my admittedly limited life experiences in order to relate. This is not the case with zombie shows. I don't mean to suggest that I have experience with actual zombies, just that I've seen so damn many films and series featuring them that I feel like Jesse Eisenberg.
Not a Review:
The No Name Game Show: Episode 1!
In this exciting new game show, Jonathan Robbins, Matthew Carvery, Tonya Dodds and Victoria Sullivan of Asset square off against Rachael Hip-Flores, Jenny Grace, Betty Kaplan and Kevin Sebastian of Producing Juliet!