About this project
How about we go throw some tomahawks?
What is This?
Dale Radio is a podcast originating from Brooklyn. The show is hosted by Dale Seever, an alter ego created by writer & performer, James Bewley. Begun in 2009, there are now over one hundred episodes featuring Dale alone or in conversation with amazing talents from across the country. Dale’s curious about all sorts of things and his guest list reflects this. The past five seasons have welcomed people making magic in the worlds of comedy, visual arts, food, music, and film.
A year ago, Julie Miller attended her first live taping of the Dale Radio podcast, and seized upon the challenge of translating the program to video. Julie and James agreed that this new format required something different. It should probably be something with odd punctuation and an open-ended quality. And thus was hatched, Spending Time With… a new web series.
For each episode, Dale has asked a talented individual, most of whom he has never met, what they’d like to do for an afternoon. Like Dick Cavett on wheels, the four short videos will feature Dale interviewing his guests in various locations in and around New York.
Comedian Sasheer Zamata and Dale will take trapeze lessons in Williamsburg; filmmaker Cory McAbee and Dale will enjoy some beautiful scenery; musician Kelli Scarr will teach Dale the finer points of tomahawk tossing; and comedian and talk show host Chris Gethard will tour Dale around his hometown in the great state of New Jersey.
Your contribution to this project will ensure that the production team can properly compensate the entire crew and the guests for their work. Money will go to the direct costs required to realize this as a fantastic looking, professionally-made series of episodes. Your contribution will also aid in the purchase of all the tangible production items including hard drives, storage, lights, batteries, as well as payment for trapeze clasess, and tomahawk target rentals.
UPDATE!! Your Rewards
For those of you coming in at the $50 level or above, we're thrilled to offer a sneak peek at the limited edition print by Friend of the Program, illustrator Jen Hill. Based in Brooklyn, Jen is an accomplished artist and children's book author. This look at some of the many faces of Dale was captured in an early evening portrait session on the foul banks of the Gowanus! Comes ready to frame!
Making it Possible
The new web series is written, performed, and co-directed by James Bewley; produced and co-directed by Julie R. Miller of Delicate Plumbing; with original music by composer Steve O'Reilly; along with an insanely talented production and post-production team.
- The Host: Since 2002, the eternally optimistic Dale Seever has appeared in venues large and small in cities across the country including the Hammer Museum, Housingworks SoHo, KGB Bar, the Magic Theater, Cafe Du Nord, the Make Out Room, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Brooklyn Lyceum, and many others. For more on Dale, please visit www.daleradio.com
- Co-Director/Producer: Julie Miller grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and received her B.F.A from Pratt Institute in creative writing. She started her production career as an intern at Saturday Night Live and since then has produced for NPR, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, The Oprah Network, The Travel Channel and The Weather Channel. In 2011, she was nominated for a Webby Award for best documentary series. Julie lives in Brooklyn, NY.
The Guests: Chris Gethard is an actor, comedian, and writer as well as the star and creator of The Chris Gethard Show. In addition to numerous appearances on Comedy Central, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, MTV's Human Giant, College Humor and FunnyorDie, he is a longtime performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Raised in West Orange, New Jersey, he now lives in Queens, New York. His most recent book, A Bad Idea I'm About To Do was released in 2012.
Sasheer Zamata is an actress, writer and comedian based in New York City. She hosts the weekly variety show called School Night at UCBNY and performs with the improv group, Doppelganger at UCBeast.
Kelli Scarr is a musician and songwriter residing in Brooklyn. She has worked on numerous projects including early collaborations with the bands Moonraker and Salt & Samovar. Her work in film scoring was recognized by an Emmy nomination for her score to Jeremiah Zagar’s intimate documentary, In A Dream. For two years, she performed as a solo artist opening for the musician Moby on his world tour. Her acclaimed debut solo album "Piece" was followed by "Dangling Teeth" which was released in 2012.
Cory McAbee is a performer, musican, writer, director, and visual artist responsible for the films American Astronaut, Stingray Sam, and the recent Crazy & Thief. His work has been seen in film festivals and events around the world. He toured for many years as part of the musical experience, The Billy Nayer Show, and has recently begun a new crowdsourced artistic venture, Captain Ahab's Motorcyle Club.
- Music Composer: Steve O’Reilly has composed music for commercials, television, and film for more than 10 years. Some of his TV composing credits include NBC’s 2008 Summer and 2010 Winter Olympic Games, ESPN, Discovery’s Cash Cab, It Takes A Thief, & Mega-Engineering, Good Morning America, CNN Heroes, and A&E’s Dallas Swat, among many other programs. He has also composed for documentary films such as HBO’s Le Cirque: A Table In Heaven and the Sundance Channel’s Eat This New York. Some of his regular commercial clients include Nike, McDonald's, Maybelline, and Norton Anti-Virus. Steve is also the lead singer and songwriter for his band, Tammany Hall NYC, which has placed music on NBC’s Scrubs, MTV, HBO’s Sunday night promos, and in films including A Lot Like Love and Speed Dating. Steve is a native New Yorker and graduate of Brown University. He lives in NYC with his wife and son, Lucas.
Video directed by Julie Miller; edited by Jenny Filippazzo; and shot by Jason Beasley. Additional footage by Bill Scurry. Filmed at Film Biz Recycling. Written and performed by James Bewley. Project photograph of Dale along the Gowanus by Leah Rae Zimmerman.
A note from James:
I'm terrifically excited about this project. I've been performing as Dale for over ten years and have been just waiting for the right way to capture his unique spirit on film. Through conversations with Julie and Steve O and by speaking with fans near and far who have come out to the shows or sent me emails, I feel like we finally hit upon the right shape for this next step for the character.
"Dale spending time with people."
Kind of obvious, I suppose, but sometimes you need to boil things down to their essential bits before you can have fun with it. So now we have the right format, the right guests (truly, these guests are amazing), and the perfect crew to pull this off. We just need your support to make it a reality.
Risks and challenges
One of the challenges in this project is to create something that is equally funny and visually compelling. Bewley has a background in the visual arts and is eager to bring a heightened visual sensibility to this series. To that end we have assembled a production team that has experience working in three relevant modes: documentary filmmaking, music videos, and comedy shorts. We expect the end result to be a kind of hybrid of these forms.
What this won't be is a single camera recording two people talking into a mic. This will be a dynamic series of four episodes that capture the experience of being with the guest and with Dale as they do some active things. The viewer is then also included in the "Spending Time With" scenario.
Another challenge is communicating the essence of Dale for those who have never been introduced to the character. To address this we're working on the structure and script for each to ensure that a viewer has all the information they need to gain entry into the world of Dale. While largely improvised, the episodes will be partially scripted, with introductory set ups by Dale in various locations around Brooklyn. The guests will not have a script - they'll just be informed of some topics that could come up, instead responding to the moment and Dale truthfully, as themselves in the moment. The guests are all extremely talented performers with a gift for this kind of work, and we have confidence in all of them. Also, Bewley has been performing as the character since 2002 - which means that we're not defining the character as we shoot. Dale is a fully realized persona who has a high degree of ease in interview settings, in front of audiences, and out in public. This familiarity with the character should make it easier for the uninitiated viewer to lock into who Dale is.
There are some location challenges - where do you throw a tomahawk in NY? - but Julie is a seasoned producer with experience in making things happen, so again, the team gives us confidence in our ability to overcome anything that may come up.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter