Interested In, Season 2


TYPE
: Narrative Short
GENRE: Comedy
STATUS: Pre-Production

LOGLINE

A coming of age web series about the steamy, fumbling sexual encounters of a recently out college student.

SYNOPSIS

Interested In is a coming of age web series about recently out college student, Parker. We follow his journey through gay sexcapades, in Philadelphia, as he begins to find himself after "the closet." During his first openly gay hook up, Parker realizes he has much to learn. Through help from his best friend, Danny, and various hook up encounters, Parker learns to reinvent himself as he begins to freely express his sexuality for the first time.

ARTISTIC STATEMENT

I thought that I would immediately accept myself after I came out. But boy was I wrong. I still had so much shame about my sexual identity. As a young actor, I turned to film and television for guidance. But all the narratives about young gay men ended with the main character coming out or committing suicide. I was so sick of watching queer characters die. And I wanted to know what happened to the ones that lived through their shame. Interested In is an inclusive series dedicated to expanding queer representation. Queer media in the past has often had to create fantasy worlds for LGBT folks to live in. But it is important to portray LGBT folks front and center in their everyday lives. Many films pan away as soon as things are about to get steamy in the bedroom. Interested In is unapologetic in depicting queer sex and sexuality, and all the messiness and awkwardness that comes with it. The series proudly features an entirely queer cast. We are dedicated to casting under-represented actors to expand what it means to be LGBTQ+. Showing glimpses into the various lives of LGBT people will allow for more empathy within our community. It is validating to see your story on screen. So, we hope people continue to resonate with Parker’s journey, as he figures out what it means to be a gay man.

KEY CREW

Michael Witkes - Creator/Producer/Lead Actor

Michael Witkes is an NYC-based actor, writer, and director. He strives to create work that inspires social change, promotes acceptance, and explores sexual identity and shame. His series, Interested In, was an official selection at 8 film festivals, including Frameline. He won best actor, for his role of Parker, at FirstGlance Film Festival. The series is currently streaming on Amazon through Dekkoo.com. Off Broadway: Camp Morning Wood. SDCF Observer to Joe Calarco. BA in Theatre, Muhlenberg College. Hangar Theater Lab Director 2015. Queen Mary, University of London 2013.

Blayze Teicher - Director

Blayze Teicher is a New York based director of film and theatre. Credits include Tough Love (watchtoughlove.com), Abstract Poverty (abstractpoverty.com), and So Ya Wanna be a Broadway Star (BroadwayWorldTV). Blayze directed Kimiko Glenn in Alexander Sage Oyen's A Night Like This at Feinstein's/54 Below and recently assistant directed Friend Art at Second Stage Theatre. www.BlayzeTeicher.com

 

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