Mark McCarthy (Gavin McInnes) is dying of breast cancer, which means he has only a matter of months to capture his greatest fatherly advice on film for his unborn son. Ad-vice like: how to fight a bully, how to shoot heroin and how to give a woman amazing oral sex. That last item is a solo performance by McInnes (in a crowded bar) that will have men taking notes for eternity. How to Be a Man, which premieres March 15 on Netflix and digital download, is the second feature from Fox Digital Studios. Check out my review of the film for the LA Weekly HERE and read my full interview with co-writer and star, Gavin McInnes, below.
I made this topical musical parody Let it Go, Putin! (ala Let it Go from Frozen) about Russia’s recent defacto invasion of Ukraine, for an audition for UCB’s Quick & Funny Musicals. I was nervous about getting into the company (still waiting to hear!) because I thought THIS was my opportunity to combine my past life as a musical theater singer with my current life writing comedy and to get to perform again.
But making this audition video made me finally hear what all the creators I interview on this blog always say – You don’t have to wait for anyone. Just do it. – And so whether or not I get in the company, I plan to continue making topical parody music videos, honing my skills and getting better as I go. Like next time I’m gonna figure out how to embed pictures instead of holding up cut outs — that was hard to coordinate while singing! Just wanted to share my little epiphany with all you creators. In the new Hollywood, all you need is a friend with an iphone, smart content, and tenacity. I’m also posting this as a challenge to myself. Don’t give up, just keep creating, we’re all learning as we go.
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7p10e is a scripted romantic comedy following two people getting to know each other from across the country via four minute skype dates every night. – Watch 7p10e here…
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“Universal, innovative, and sustainable on a next-to-nothing budget, 7p10e is what web series are made of. ” Read Erin’s full review…
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So you’ve got an idea — but is it a web series or a short film or a TV show or a movie? There’s so many options! Here’s my conversation with writer/actor/filmmaker Noah Nuer about his experience creating the award winning short film Turn Right and then adapting it for the web. Check out Noah’s other work HERE. Noah is also the awesome DP behind Hollyweb, the French series about digital hollywood that I am the host of. Check it out for lots of great fast, fun interviews with series creators and behind the scenes footage of web series.
Web series are at their best when they use their brevity and repetitive nature to become a meditation on a theme and mine the smaller moments of our lives for the profound or absurd. Chapman film students Almog Avidan Antonir and Tom Assam-Miller’s series Long Story Short does just that. Read my full LA Weekly review of the show HERE and check out my full interview with Antonir and Assam-Miller below.