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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! 

 

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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! 

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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

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    INSTAFAME

    We'll take a personal FACEBOOK/INSTAGRAM Thank You photo for you! You'll get like soooo many followers afterwards ;p

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    MUSIC TO F&#K TO

    25 buckaroos? Hell yeah! We want to provide you with a love-filled night, or afternoon if you're into that sort of thing. You'll get private access to our carefully curated The Upside playlist on Spotify PLUS a The Upside customized condom. If all goes well, be sure to save the wrapper!

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    BONUS MATERIAL

    All of the above mentioned perks, PLUS exclusive bonus material. This includes backstage photos, gifs, videos, memes and FULL COMMENTARY of the pilot from Mike and Alyson. When we get together the banter is extremely weird. Welcome to our world :)

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    SPEAKEASY REALNESS

    Alyson and Mike are both bartenders. We'd like to invite you to our home where we'll make your favorite drink(s), shoot the shit, play some card games, and hang out! If you don't live in the NYC area we'll make you a personalized video at the bar!

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    LETS BE FRIENDS

    Seriously though, you're awesome. We want to be friends with you so we're inviting you to our PREMIERE PARTY! We'll get to meet you, kiss you, dramatically smack you in the face, whatever you want! (please don't make me do the electric slide)

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    DRUNKEN FAME

    So in the pilot theres a scene where everyone is at a bar dressed up in an animal costume watching a burlesque show getting drunk. THIS WILL BE YOU. Do you want to be a mouse? An armadillo? The possibilities are endless! PLUS you'll get a credit in the episode! Show your friends, be like "IM THAT DRUNK CHICKEN, THATS ME!"

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    Say what?? We love you so much you're credited as an Associate Producer of The Upside. You get all the perks mentioned so far and everyone watching the show will know how special and awesome you are. Insta-gratification!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    Holy Bananas Batman! You're the shit. You have attained an Executive Producer credit. FAME AND FORTUNE WILL FOLLOW YOU.

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