Hey y’all - I made an interactive web series called “Distance” based on my own long distance relationship that’s available online now for FREE. The show’s about how technology both enables love and makes it real, real weird - misread text messages, bad wifi, totally not awkward cyber sex, and everything in between. Each episode is split into two halves - HERS and HIS - and the audience picks which side to watch first.
After shooting a pilot that we took to SXSW, NYTVF, and Seriesfest, we crowdfunded on Seed & Spark / raised private investment to shoot an 11 episode season, which we released last week.
Happy to answer questions about ANYTHING. Here are a few specific topics y’all might find interesting:
- The process of creating a series from start to finish - pilot, festivals, pitching to networks and studios, fundraising, writing a season, shooting a season, releasing a season, etc
- Growing an audience for our show before we ever released
- Fundraising specifically, how to get investors on board for your series
- Developing a non-traditional narrative that is specifically suited for the web, e.g. our “choose which side to watch first” approach
- Anything else!
Alex is the writer and creator of “Distance.” He recently acted in “Krisha,” which won SXSW 2015’s Grand Jury and Audience Choice Awards before being purchased by A24 and released theatrically. Before that, Alex starred in the comedy-mystery “Arlo and Julie” which premiered at SXSW 2014 to rave reviews from Variety, BadAss Digest, Austin Chronicle and others including Wired Magazine calling Alex one of the “15 Most Fascinating Filmmakers and Stars at SXSW.” Alex has also acted in “The Program” starring Ben Foster, Lee Pace and Dustin Hoffman (Alex played Dustin Hoffman’s son - a personal dream come true), the indie comedy "Here We Are, and the horror comedy, and “Quaker Oaths” which premiered at Austin Film Fest in 2016. can also catch Alex at improv theaters across Los Angeles CA. He is currently taking classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Alex also retains an active role at Tugg, a film start-up based out of Austin.