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A dark comedy about a gay couple trying to stay together through drunken outbursts, double standards and dirty deeds! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 19, 2014.

A dark comedy about a gay couple trying to stay together through drunken outbursts, double standards and dirty deeds!

About this project

WE ARE MAKING SEASON 2!

Thanks to you amazing people we are 100% funded and will definitely be making season 2!  We are so grateful to all of you for this opportunity and we are incredibly excited to keep making this show for you!  You can keep up with us through our official website and by following us on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.  Don't forget to follow series creator Kit Williamson and Executive Producer John Halbach, while you're at it!  

NEW PERKS:

Anyone who backs the project at any amount will have exclusive access to behind the scenes photos not available anywhere else, as well as extra shots from our cast photoshoot!  We will also follow you on twitter from the official @EastSidersTV twitter page, because we are so happy to have you on #TeamEastSiders!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEASON 1!

REACH GOAL #1: $130,000 

We've loved creating the web comic for you, and we'd like to keep it going while we work on the new season! Kit's already written the script for the rest of the comic, and if we hit $130,000 we'll create a full graphic novel's worth of art-- more than 60 pages. We'll also offer a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the complete graphic novel as a NEW PERK for anyone who donates $10 or more!  Click the image below to read the first chapter:

REACH GOAL #2: $135,000

We will collect the web comic into a graphic novel and release it for public sale! We will also ship it to anyone who donated at the $150 level and above as part of their reward for contributing!

ABOUT THE SERIES

Season one of "EastSiders: The Series" left Cal and Thom uncertain of their future together.  All the lies were out in the open and they were splitting up the Christmas ornaments, but they couldn’t deny their feelings for each other.  Is being in love enough of a reason to be together? 

“EastSiders” launched last year to a lot of love from fans and critics alike, with Entertainment Weekly calling the show “funny and heartbreaking” and After Elton praising it as “sharp, well-written and acted.” We won Best Web Drama at the 2013 LA Weekly Awards, Best Ensemble at the Indie Series Awards and were nominated for a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, but the most rewarding part has been getting to interact with the fans of the show. If it wasn't for the support of amazing people like you we wouldn’t have been able to make "EastSiders" in the first place.

CLICK HERE TO WATCH SEASON 1!

ABOUT THE CAST

The entire cast is excited to return for a second season: Van Hansis (Three time Daytime Emmy Nominations for As the World Turns), series creator Kit Williamson (Mad Men), Matthew McKelligon (Int. Leather Bar, You’re Killing Me), John Halbach (Wallflowers) and Constance Wu (Browsers, Sound of My Voice), as well as our amazing guest stars Sean Maher (Firefly), Stephen Guarino (Happy Endings), Brea Grant (Heroes, Dexter) and Traci Lords (Cry Baby, Zach and Miri Make a Porno).

We’ll also be offering backers an exclusive first look at some of the amazing things we have planned for season two, including an introduction to our new cast members 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). 

Risks and challenges

Making a series of this size on a low budget (as compared to most studio projects) presents many unique challenges. We learned this first hand shooting the first season, from losing locations to having actors drop out to having equipment break down, you have to be able to roll with the punches.

We are so excited to apply everything we learned last time when we return to shoot the next part of the story. We have expanded our team so we can make the project more professional and fulfill our kickstarter perks even faster.

We don't have a studio behind us, and of course there are risks involved in any indie production, from natural disasters to navigating actor availability, but we have a proven track record of producing a quality show on a shoestring budget. We love making the series and we are confident we can make the new season even better!

A note about the perks: delivery dates are only estimates and are subject to change-- but don't worry, we'll keep you updated! Some rewards also contain multiple availability dates for digital vs. physical delivery.

The VIP Premiere Party, photoshoot, set visits and cast and crew dinner will be held in Los Angeles. We cannot provide transportation or accommodations, but we can promise it'll be a lot of fun!

There may be additional paperwork required to fulfill some rewards, such as producing credits or appearances on camera. This is for both your protection and ours!

The BIGGEST CHALLENGE is making sure that enough people hear about the campaign so that we can make our goal!

WE KNOW WE CAN DO THIS WITH YOUR HELP! PLEASE DONATE AND SHARE THIS PAGE WITH ALL YOUR FRIENDS!

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FAQ

  • We want to make season two of the show every bit as good as a cable TV show. That means a bigger crew and more days on set, so we can slow down the pace and do more complicated shots. It takes dozens of people to create a show like "EastSiders" and when you start to pay people a living wage, it really adds up. This time around, we want to elevate the production in every way, and that means paying for more locations, not to mention permits, insurance and better equipment. We also want to be able to finish the project quickly, and that costs more as well. Not to mention the 10% that goes to Kickstarter and Amazon Payments-- but don't worry, we've accounted for that in the budget!

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    A heartfelt THANK YOU email and regular email updates on the production! We are so grateful for your support!

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    Your name on the official THANK YOU page of our website. Plus, regular email updates on the production!

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    All of the above, plus your name will be featured in the credits of the show! You'll also get an exclusive FIRST LOOK at the season 2 TRAILER before it's released!

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    All of the above, plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Season 2!

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    All of the above, plus a special BEHIND THE SCENES video featurette with CAST INTERVIEWS, OUTTAKES, DELETED SCENES and BLOOPERS!

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    All of the above, plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of Season 1! Own both seasons! We'll also give you EARLY ACCESS to the Season 2 premiere before it's officially released!

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    All of the above, plus the official SEASON 2 DVD and a SIGNED CAST PHOTO!

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    57 backers

    THE EASTSIDERS FAN PACK! This includes DVDs for both season 1 and 2, a SIGNED CAST PHOTO, the behind the scenes video featurette and a LIMITED EDITION EASTSIDERS POSTER! The signed poster won't be sold in stores and will only be available starting at this donation level. You'll also get EARLY ACCESS to the season 2 premiere, regular email updates, and your name will be listed on the website's THANK YOU page, the CREDITS and on IMDB!

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    You'll receive an official EASTSIDERS TANK TOP! You'll also receive the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!
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    You'll receive a VIDEO GREETING FROM THE EASTSIDERS ACTOR of your choice! It can be a birthday or anniversary greeting or whatever you want (just keep it PG!) You'll also receive the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK! (Description above)

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    5 backers

    You'll receive a 30 MINUTE SKYPE CALL FROM THE EASTSIDERS SERIES REGULAR of your choice! Get to know a cast member personally! You'll also receive the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK! (Description above)

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    5 backers

    VIP INVITATION to the SEASON 2 Premiere Party in Los Angeles! Come walk the red carpet and meet the cast and crew in person! You'll also receive the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK! (Description above)

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - You'll receive a PHOTOSHOOT with series creator KIT WILLIAMSON! Photos will be taken at a cool loft in DTLA that will be featured as a location in the second season AND a print of your photo will appear in the show as part of a gallery exhibit of Cal's work! Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!
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    You'll receive a PHOTOSHOOT with series creator KIT WILLIAMSON! Photos will be taken at a cool loft in DTLA that will be featured as a location in the second season AND a print of your photo will appear in the show as part of a gallery exhibit of Cal's work! Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!
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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - You'll receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the credits and on IMDB.com! You'll be invited to VISIT THE SET and have the option of appearing in the show as an EXTRA! Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!
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    You'll receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT in the credits and on IMDB.com! You'll be invited to VISIT THE SET and have the option of appearing in the show as an EXTRA! Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - You'll receive a CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on screen and on IMDB.com! You'll be invited to VISIT THE SET and have the option of appearing in the show as an EXTRA and NAMING A CHARACTER after yourself or a friend! You'll also be our guest at a PRIVATE DINNER with the cast and crew. Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK
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    You'll receive a CO-PRODUCER CREDIT on screen and on IMDB.com! You'll be invited to VISIT THE SET and have the option of appearing in the show as an EXTRA and NAMING A CHARACTER after yourself or a friend! You'll also be our guest at a PRIVATE DINNER with the cast and crew. Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!
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    You'll receive a CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on screen and on IMDB.com! Exclusive SET VISIT PRIVILEGES come with being a part of our team, as well as an invitation to observe key elements of pre-production including the final season 2 TABLE READ of the new script in Los Angeles. Be a part of making the show! Includes having the option of appearing in the show in a SPEAKING ROLE and the option of NAMING A CHARACTER after yourself or a friend! You'll also be our guest at a PRIVATE DINNER with the cast and crew. Includes a VIP INVITATION to the PREMIERE PARTY and the EASTSIDERS FAN PACK!
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