The Upside: No Refunds Allowed
The Upside is a story that came from the experiences of Mike LaBruna: writer/hopeless romantic/outlaw from that time he got pulled over in Tennessee. Three years ago he found out that he was in fact one of the clichés he was afraid of becoming. The gay guy that moves to New York city, has a WILD time and a year later he gets HIV. Life is funny that way, therefore he decided to laugh about it! The Upside started as a way to make HIV more relatable and understanding in a world where there is still a stigma of "dirtiness" but through writing about his friends and experiences it quickly became something so much more; an outrageous and devilish story about making terrible life decisions and being okay with that, before moving forward and learning. The goal of the writing is shameless honesty. Like when you’re laying in bed drunk at 3am on a Tuesday you think to yourself, “I should probably change a few things with my life.” And then tomorrow happens you tell yourself you’re going to start going to the gym not today but NEXT Wednesday.
Mike is so happy to have a very supportive, creative and engaging cast and crew with him. There are six full episodes written and a whole story boarded out. Now, we want to create the pilot to wow you with the story, the characters, and the feelings you get when you watch these characters and their struggles. Right now we don’t have any actual content from the show to put on here. This is exactly what the Kickstarter campaign is for. To make something amazing and show to all of you beautiful people. Heres a fun little pie chart to show where the money being raised is going towards. It may remind you of your 5th grade math class but Kickstarter advised to include more “graphics.” Which is why directly below the pie chart we’ve included a gif! ALL THE GRAPHICS!
Now that you know where the money is going, here’s yet ANOTHER GRAPHIC. It’s a teaser we shot to give you a little sense of the characters and the “vibe” of the show. Enjoy!
On behalf of everyone involved with this project I'd like to thank you for checking us out. This project is meant to be a stark representation of life as people who are trying to figure out the balance of wanting to enjoy life and not ruining it at the same time. If you can relate to any/all of this please donate and help us take on this responsibility as artists.
Loves and smooches,
Mikey and the gang
Risks and challenges
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