The New 30: Season 2
The drama continues in the Emmy-nominated, award-winning gay web series about a diverse group of friends navigating life in their 40's
Season 1 (6 episodes) of THE NEW 30 was first launched on YouTube in March of 2018, and in the past year we've been humbled by the overwhelmingly positive and amazing response. The show has resonated with many folks, having garnered nearly a million views and over 6000 subscribers. Viewers from around the world have expressed one consistent request in particular - to have a second season. And because we had such a incredible time making Season 1, we'd love to do it again!
So... we're going for it, and have planned a Season 2 that will be even BIGGER and BETTER!
The New 30 has screened at several film festivals and won multiple awards for Best Web Series. It recently received three nominations for the 10th Annual Indie Series Awards - Best Drama, Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress. The series is also an official nominee for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series of the 46th Annual Daytime Emmys!
MAKING SEASON 2 - DEPENDS ON YOU!
Our goal in making Season 1 was to not only tell an intriguing, well-acted story with relatable, diverse characters, but also to achieve as high a production quality as possible. Along with the successful Kickstarter campaign, we had to rely on the generosity of friends in the entertainment industry who graciously accommodated our micro-budget reality. We did a lot of begging, borrowing and calling in favors, and there was also a considerable amount of out-of-pocket expenses that were invested. We didn't want to compromise our vision, and felt our audience deserved that commitment.
We have SIX NEW EPISODES written for Season 2, and we'll be ready to shoot this summer! This endeavor, however, will require the same amount of effort that is put into making a feature film. Because we don't have the backing of a studio, unfortunately there just isn't funding available from traditional sources for a project like ours.
So, making Season 2 will depend entirely on this Kickstarter campaign! Costs have gone up everywhere over the past few years, and we've pretty much used up all of our favors. This time we'll need to pay everyone. What all of this means, essentially, is that we've had to increase our fundraising goal significantly. And if we don't meet our goal, we don't get any funds. It simply ends, with no donations or rewards and sad faces all around. Who wants to see that? A second season of THE NEW 30 will only be possible with your generous support. So please, come be a part of Season 2!
GET CAUGHT UP - WATCH THE SEASON 1 TRAILER BELOW AND BINGE ALL SIX EPISODES HERE!
OUR INCREDIBLE CAST
DaJuan Johnson (BOSCH, GREY’S ANATOMY, SUITS) is ELLIOT, a gay man who has found himself restarting his career and personal life at 40.
Dieterich Gray (LETHAL WEAPON, S.W.A.T, WESTWORLD) is REID, a struggling actor who has been Elliot's best friend for over 20 years.
Dennis Mencia (THE INFILTRATORS, JANE THE VIRGIN, STITCHERS,) plays DIEGO, a man from Elliot’s past who has now rekindled their once-secret romance.
Akende Munalula (BOO 2! - A MADEA HALLOWEEN, COUNTERPART) plays KELVIN, Elliot’s ex-partner who is forced to move on and navigate a much-changed dating game.
David Heckel (CHARMED, SEVERED ROAD, BULL) is PRESTON, a personal trainer who just got married to AARON, played by Eric Bunton (JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, THE NEWSROOM, DAYS OF OUR LIVES). Together, they are quickly discovering challenges in their new life together.
Kate Huffman (FRESH OFF THE BOAT, WASTE OF SPACE) and Sam Boxleitner (WHEN VOWS BREAK, WHINE PARTY, PORTRAIT OF LOVE) play JULIE and OSCAR, good friends of Elliot who are trying to learn how to balance parenthood and their careers.
CO-CREATORS / CO-WRITERS
Walt Bost (Co-Creator, Co-Writer, Director, Executive Producer)
Originally from North Carolina, Walt has written, directed and edited the award-winning short films HARBINGER and THE HIKE and the feature film IMMORTAL. As an Emmy-nominated supervising sound editor, Walt's current credits include YOU, iZOMBIE, VERONICA MARS and GRACE AND FRANKIE.
John Sobrack (Co-Creator, Co-Writer)
Originally from Minnesota, John's first venture into film-making was with the short film NEARLIFE. He then wrote and directed multi-award winning BOYCRAZY, which screened at over 30 film festivals, was broadcast on Logo TV's THE CLICK LIST and was distributed on DVD by Wolfe Releasing. His short film SEX DATE has screened at over 20 festivals and garnered several awards.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN
Please help us spread the word by sharing the link to this Kickstarter page on social media! Exposure is ESSENTIAL to a successful crowdfunding effort. Use the hashtag below along with #thenew30, and follow @thenew30series on Facebook and Instagram for updates!
Be sure to check out our website @ thenew30series.com for details about the show.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Feel free to contact us directly at email@example.com. We'll get right back to ya!
DONORS AND REWARDS
CHARMED TO MEET YOU
We offered FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS for our previous campaign, and they were some of our most popular reward items! So, we're bringing them back for Season 2, but upgraded so they're even BETTER. The bracelet itself is made from super durable black paracord, tied with knots that make it adjustable for varying wrist sizes.
We then determined a specific pattern and color combination of Czech crystals, European rondelle glass, and zinc metal alloy (lead, cadmium and nickel safe!) charms inspired by each of the main characters from THE NEW 30. These make for a special gift to a friend or significant other, or just for your charming self! (Limited quantities of each item.)
STRENGTH AND BEAUTY
Are you a woman who 1) lives in LA and 2) is looking to develop your inner and outer strength? If so, Emily Heckel is here to help you discover your inner goddess! She is an accomplished Pole Instructor at Strong 4 Pole in North Hollywood, and has graciously offered up ONE spot in her much-in-demand class, Lift & Flow.
At Strong 4 Pole, they are committed to building and maintaining a positive community of hard working, encouraging women who strive every day to be the happiest and healthiest version of themselves. They also offer personal coaching, plant-based nutrition and spiritual/mental wellness. Whether your goal is to fit back into a favorite pair of jeans, gain upper body strength, feel more confident in the way you move, become an elite pole athlete, or (let's be honest) simply to look good naked, this opportunity will allow you to explore the potential of pole dancing.
Gaëlle Gillis (born in Liège, Belgium) is a tour de force of talent - actress, model, acrobat, personal trainer and pole dancer. Her artistic side is also expressed in fashion as a designer, and as such she's created these amazing hand-constructed ZIP POCKETS exclusively for our campaign! They are a combination of style and function for anyone who needs something small in which to carry a few personal items or valuables, or to store in your car, office or home studio. They can also serve to help organize things within your suitcase, briefcase, travel bag or purse!
Made from cotton fabric on the exterior, each zip pocket measures a little less than 7" in height and 8" in length (17 x 20 cm). The interior is made with nylon which gives a degree of waterproof protection. Plus, they feature a secret pocket inside for extra functionality! (Limited quantities of each item.)
ROMANCE AND STEAM
Our filmmaker friend J.C. Calciano has a knack for making successful romantic-comedies in the LGBTQ market. Through his production company Cinema175, JC first wrote and directed IS IT JUST ME? (2010), then eCUPID (2012) and THE TEN YEAR PLAN (2015). All three played in more than 50 film festivals each and garnered several awards honors including those for best picture and audience choice.
He's also the creator, director and producer of Steam Room Stories, a popular web series on YouTube which has over 52 million views! The series serves as inspiration for his fourth feature film (coming soon!).
He is offering a DVD of The Ten Year Plan (view the trailer here) AND a three volume set (DVDs) of Steam Room Stories for your viewing pleasure (limited quantities)!
Instagram @cinema175 __________________________________________________________________
THINGS JUST GOT PERSONAL
Dennis Hensley, entertainment journalist and host of Lifecast, collaborated with professional game designer Jeb Havens to create the brand new party game You Don't Know My Life! The game has been described thusly: "It's like Cards Against Humanity and your diary got drunk together and had a baby." How it works: 1) Everyone writes down an answer to a question card; 2) Answers are then mixed up and presented; 3) Players try to match the answer to the player who wrote it.
Dennis and Jeb are donating a limited quantity of this hilarious game, so if you're a fan of game nights and love to laugh, check out this reward!
To learn more about the game click here.
COLOR YOUR WORLD (I-VI)
You might recognize Senta Moses Mikan – she co-starred in the films HOME ALONE and HOME ALONE 2 as Tracy McCallister! She’s also guest-starred/recurred on numerous TV shows including FAKING IT (where she worked with Walt), JANE THE VIRGIN, NCIS, GREEK, CASTLE and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND. Her work as Phoebe on the Emmy award-winning BEAKMAN'S WORLD is in syndication all over the world! A lot of Senta’s fans know her from MY SO-CALLED LIFE, where she played Delia Fisher, the girl wronged by Brian Krakow. She might still be holding a grudge. Go follow her on Twitter to find out!
Much like THE NEW 30's Elliot did in Season 1, Senta has recently discovered her talent as an artist - and she's donated 6 original watercolors to the campaign! They vary in size from 5"x9" to 9"x12", and all were painted on 140 lb paper. Here’s your chance to own an early piece of art from a budding, talented Hollywood artist!
Instagram @sentamosesmikan __________________________________________________________________
SEASON OF THE HEART
Highly trained, classical stained glass artist Lisa Maywood has created gorgeous heart-shaped works of fused glass exclusively for our campaign. She used an abstract design/texture concept in different color combinations inspired by each of the four seasons. No two are exactly alike, so your heart will be unique. The hearts measure approx. 3" (length) x 3.5" (width) and are a perfect memento for a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. It may also serve as a reminder that LOVE IS LOVE in every season!
Derived from the French word for glass, Lisa's professional stained glass studio is called Verre Designs, where her specialties include custom glass art for residential, commercial, and liturgical settings. She also teaches stained glass at the Art Academy of San Diego.
PUT IT IN WRITING
Seasoned woodworker Frank F. Long (father of our composer, David Frank Long) has handcrafted these five beautiful pens expressly for our campaign. He's been involved with woodworking for 25 years, and finds the process of creating something with his own hands to be extremely gratifying. These pens are made from blocks of exotic wood that have been expertly turned on a lathe, burnished with the shavings, and then sealed, waxed and buffed.
Frank particularly enjoys working with wood that is spalted or from a burl. Even though the trees may have been diseased or deformed, he finds something lovely inside nonetheless. It reminds him that "sometimes we need to look within to see the beauty of the world around us."
I - Cortona style in gun metal with Cocobolo wood; II - Cortona style in chrome with Jobillo wood; III - Gatsby style in gun metal and chrome with burl wood from a flowering plum tree; IV - Gatsby style in gun metal and black with olive wood; V - Gatsby style in gun metal and black with bocote wood.
GLAM IT UP
Celebrity Hairstylist Atila Vass is offering a haircut and style (women's or men's) for up to three select backers! This service will be done at the fabulous Salon Mikolaj in Beverly Hills (travel and lodging not included with the reward).
Atila has been a professional hairstylist for over 25 years. He has worked as Key Hairstylist for Carl Lagerfeld, Rachel Roy and Davis Meister, and was named among the "Top 10 Colorists in Los Angeles" by Distinction Magazine. Atila has also worked with various musicians and bands such as Paramore, Panic at the Disco, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Gym Class Heroes and Anberlin.
GET THAT BOOTCAMP BOOTY
Energize your exercise endeavors! Our good friend (also a backer) and trainer Guile Branco is offering five spots in his class at Bottomless Mimosas Bootcamp for a month! This reward will enable you to take as many classes as you would like for 4 weeks. Classes are Mondays (calisthenics/bodyweight workout), Wednesdays (free weights) and Fridays (station workouts) at 6 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. at Penmar Park in Venice, CA.
STEP UP YOUR GAME
Steven D. Newton (DPT, M.B.A., P.T.), owner of PerformaX Elite Physical Therapy || Golf & Wellness Center in Burbank, CA, has kindly donated three one-hour sessions on the Trackman Golf Simulator to two recipients. The simulator offers the choice of over 85 actual golf courses including St. Andrews and Pebble Beach! Whether your goal is to play one of the world’s most prestigious golf courses or to practice specific drills for game improvement, this golf experience is sure to make you a better, more confident player.
AN ARTFUL EYE
American artist Merlyn Bost has offered to do two ORIGINAL 6" x 6" encaustic paintings for select backers. "Encaustic" is a Greek word meaning "to burn in" and refers to an ancient process by which beeswax is mixed with resin, pigmented with oil paints, and fused by heat to the artwork's surface. An encaustic painting has many different properties, allowing it to appear molten or solid, opaque or translucent, textured or smooth, thick or thin, shiny or matte.
Backers who select this reward level have the option to make their original encaustic painting as personal as they'd like, selecting certain colors to be featured and/or sending the artist scraps of things (paper, cloth, etc.) to be incorporated into the artwork. Each 6" x 6" painting will be shipped ready to hang!
ON THE RADIO (Whoa Oh Oh Oh)
Ever want to be on the radio? Would you like to be on it and be joined with a cast member (or 2) and Executive Producer Walt Bost from THE NEW 30? The hilarious and wonderful Alexander Rodriguez has offered a guest-host spot on an episode of his show On the Rocks with Alexander! Broadcast live on Universal Broadcasting Network (UBNGO) to over 850,000 listeners nationwide, and now seen on Amazon Prime and FacebookLive, ON THE ROCKS is a weekly talk show where Alexander talks about entertainment, fashion, pop culture and hot topics with his celebrity guests from stage and screen. Originally from Orange County and presently residing in Los Angeles, Alexander has hosted numerous events including ones for the MS Society, Upright Citizens Brigade, Don’t Tell Mama in LA and NY, and Rage Nightclub. He's also served as MC for Palm Springs Pride, Out at the Fair New Mexico State Fair, Downtown LA Proud Out, Out at the Fair San Diego, and Long Beach Pride Overboard!
Walt did this last year with cast members DaJuan Johnson ("Elliot") and Dennis Mencia ("Diego") and it was a total blast! On the Rocks is streamed via camera as well as audio, and archived shows are featured on iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Tune In, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, TrueFM, Bear World Magazine & NowTrendingApp!
One look at Pam Brady’s television and film credits and you'll immediately see how talented and funny she is. She was a writer and producer on the tv series JUST SHOOT ME and SOUTH PARK, and was the creator and writer of the tv series THE LOOP and creator and writer of the animated tv series NEIGHBORS FROM HELL. Oh yeah - she also wrote a little movie called SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER and UNCUT and also TEAM AMERICA: WORLD POLICE, as well as the film HOT ROD (starring Andy Samberg). Walt was lucky enough to work with her on LADY DYNAMITE, the brilliant show she created, wrote and executive produced for Netflix!
She has graciously offered her talent, experience, insight and time by reading and giving notes on a backer's ONE television pilot or film script! This is a remarkable opportunity to get some extremely valuable feedback from an accomplished writer who knows Hollywood inside and out. Plus, there's a bonus! If you happen to be a Lady Dynamite fan, then you'll get some Pussy Noodle (production art from an actual episode)!
Risks and challenges
Making a professional series of this size on a low budget (without a studio) presents numerous challenges and risks. However, we think we made a pretty successful Season 1 with the funds that we raised, and are confident we can make Season 2 even more so! We've determined our fundraising goal based on the lowest cost it will take to cover production of Season 2. Our budgetary needs involve a long list of components such as: equipment, insurance, production design, wardrobe, food, location, travel, cast, crew, and post production. We have proven we have the knowledge and experience to guarantee we can get this series made - again! And with your help, we will.
(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.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter