Wednesday was the September edition of IndieWorks, and it was a fun night! We were inspired to do web series month every September because we released our own web series in September of 2013 (the same year we started IndieWorks) and felt it'd be a great way to celebrate new media and the various ways filmmakers have been adapting to how viewers watch content. It's been a real success over the years and last night was no exception. We had a smaller crowd than we've had for Year 3 so far, but still a solid 50 people in house with a nice amount of support for the series.
We'd just like to say thank you to everyone who came out to support the filmmakers and spend the evening with us & them. We hope you enjoyed the diverse group of episodes and got a taste of the innovative things content creators are doing on the web.
See photos from the evening:
The series of the night:
59 Days in New York (Created by May-Elise Martinsen)
A musical webseries. It follows a young singer-songwriter trying to make it in NYC with only 59 budgeted days before running out of money.
Mybnb (Created by Pearson Jenks/Bioux Comedy)
About a Brooklynite running an airbnb out of his apartment.
Stay At Home (Created by Ben Jaeger-Thomas)
A character based comedy series that follows main character Ben through his day to day routine as he tries to make a living, be creative, and keep his sanity, all while raising two small children in one of the most expensive and competitive places in America. As if that wasn’t enough, there are three rather peculiar roommates who complicate the situation.
Life After Fat (Created by Julia Pugachevsky)
A comedy-drama web series focusing on Maddie, a 24 year old thrift store employee who loses 90 lbs over the course of a year. For the first time in her life, she feels noticed, and attractive, which ends up being far more complicated than she thought.
Maybe Sunshine (Created by Lisa Hammer & Levi Wilson)
A "coming-of-middle age" story about a 40 something rock queen who builds a new band from scratch after the disastrous break-up of her last band a decade earlier. She was a big deal in the 90’s, but now she is 20 years older, 40 pounds heavier, and divorced.
Kyle's Closet (Created by Shelby Zoe Coley)
A fashion film for young people with old souls. Kyle's Closet, the docu-web-series, features NYC vintage enthusiast Kyle Craft as he muses on his recent acquisitions, his thoughts on tasteful living and fashion in general.
The awards go to...
At the end of the evening, we announced our winning filmmakers for both Audience Choice Award & Silver Whiskers Award. The Audience Choice Award is voted upon by all those in attendance, and the Silver Whiskers Award is judged by the CongestedCat Team based on a system rating 8 categories of Story, Dialogue/Writing, Direction, Acting, Cinematography, Sound, Editing, and Production Value. The Silver Whiskers winner goes on to screen again at our end of year Best of Fest event in April!
The Silver Whiskers winner also receives $50 towards a crowdfunding campaign on SeedandSpark.com should they use the platform, and both winners received a free 2015 subscription to Bright Ideas Magazine and have the opportunity to be interviewed for our Insider Series.
For the September 2015 lineup, our winning series were:
Audience Choice Award: "Maybe Sunshine"
Silver Whiskers Award: "Stay At Home"
See the Maybe Sunshine trailer & Stay At Home episode below:
Join us next month for our October edition on October 7th!
Also, save the date for our Halloween Special on October 28th!