SERIES RETURNS TO KICKSTARTER TO COMPLETE FINANCING
Los Angeles, CA (April 14th, 2014)?EastSiders, a critically acclaimed dark comedy starring Van Hansis (3 Daytime Emmy Nominee for?As the World Turns)?and Kit Williamson (Mad Men)?as a gay couple trying to stay together in the aftermath of infidelity, has announced that the series will return for a second season.? The production will launch a Kickstarter campaign to finance the show on?April 14, and will be making additional casting announcements and releasing behind the scenes videos during the next month.
After a whirlwind year that has included making its cable broadcast debut as a feature film on LogoTV, wins at both the Indie Series Awards and LA Web Fest, a Satellite Award nomination from the International Press Academy, securing DVD and International VOD distribution from Wolfe Video, and the release of a new web comic,?EastSiders: The Series?will begin shooting a second season this Summer.
Satya Bhabha (New Girl, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Adam Bucci (10 Year Plan), Vera Miao (Best Friends Forever) and Willam Belli (Nip/Tuck, Rupaul’s Drag Race) have signed on to join the cast and season one series regulars and guest stars Sean Maher (Firefly), Traci Lords (Crybaby, Zach and Miri Make a Porno), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter), John Halbach (Wallflowers), Constance Wu (Browsers, Sound of my Voice) and Matthew McKelligon (Int. Leather Bar) are slated to reprise their roles.
The first season was successfully funded via Kickstarter after reaching it’s goal within four days. By the end of the campaign, the funds raised had nearly doubled. The goal for filming a second season has been set at $125,000.00.? If?the campaign ?doesn’t reach their goal by?May 19th, they will not receive any of the funds, per Kickstarter’s regulations.
STATEMENT FROM SERIES CREATOR KIT WILLIAMSON
?I’m so excited to take the show back where it started: in the fans’ hands, on Kickstarter. This is a very unique moment in time where audiences have the power to say what kind of stories they want to see told. We’ve been so lucky to have found an amazing community of viewers that have been with us from day one, and continues to grow every day. I hope they want to see more from us, because I am so excited to continue telling this story.?
ABOUT THE CREATOR
Kit Williamson began his career on Broadway, acting in the Tony-Nominated revival of?Talk Radio. In addition to his recurring role as Ed Gifford on AMC’s?Mad Men,?he recently appeared in the new Amazon series?Bosch?and in the Slamdance favorite?Best Friends Forever. On the web he can also be seen playing the role of Cereal Guy in two seasons of the hit romantic comedy?Hipsterhood.?He created the critically-acclaimed web series?EastSiders,which was acquired by Logo for their digital platform, broadcast on the cable network as a feature film and will be distributed on DVD and VOD by Wolfe Video this summer. As a playwright, he was awarded the Playwrights First Award by The National Arts Club. He received his MFA in playwriting from UCLA.
EastSiders?debuted it’s first two episodes on YouTube in December 2012. After the complete first season was successfully funded via Kickstarter in four days, the remaining episodes debuted on LogoTV.com, a subsidiary of Viacom. The feature film version of the series was given a cable broadcast on LogoTV. The series has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, The Advocate, Out Magazine, LA Weekly, The Huffington Post, USA Today, Towleroad, Queerty, BroadwayWorld, and many more outlets. Award wins include LA Weekly Web Award- Best Web Series Drama, We Love Soaps Indie Soap of the Week, Favorite Actor, Favorite Actress, and Favorite Couple, Groovy Awards for Drama, Actor, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress and Guest Star, and a Satellite Award nomination from the International Press Academy for Outstanding Short Form Content.
Written and directed by award winning playwright Kit Williamson,?EastSiders,?explores the aftermath of infidelity on a gay couple in Silverlake, CA. When Cal (Kit Williamson) finds out Thom (Van Hansis) has been cheating on him with Jeremy (Matthew McKelligon), their relationship is turned upside down. Will the lies tear them apart or are they just stubborn enough to stay together forever? Cal’s best friend Kathy (Constance Wu) has her own problems, including an unplanned pregnancy, with her boyfriend Ian (John Halbach). Drunken outbursts and double standards abound in this dark comedy about the sad and funny messes we make out of our lives.
EastSiders?Season One is available internationally on?www.WolfeOnDemand.com?and onwww.LogoTV.com?in the United States. Follow the show on Twitter and Instagram at @EastSidersTV and ?Like? the show on Facebook at?www.Facebook.com/EastSidersTheSeries.