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America's Next Top 20 Something is a new "seriez" for the internet, created by and for the Millennial generation.
60 backers pledged $6,200 to help bring this project to life.

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Excuse me? What is this?

America’s Next Top 20 Something. [!!!]

 Which is?

America’s Next Top 20 Something is a “series for the internet” defending the capabilities, and celebrating the faults of the Millennial generation. 

Thelmahh Parker, a city-resentful, overly hopeful (read: deluded) performance artist unpacks her “adult life” into the pastel wallpapered bedroom of her parent’s suburban home, acting upon the notion that one can “do art anywhere.” As she reconnects with her best-friend-since-birth, Louize, she also skips full force into new friendships with a ragtag collection of 20-something pals. 

Everyone is trying to “figure it out” – though most don’t know what they’re “figuring” or which way is “out” (or “up” or “down”).

It combines the lush world-focused sketch comedy of Portlandia with the too-personal-sad humor of Louie, and the blunt honesty of the Peanuts cartoons.

It is a love letter to friendship, to community, and to the beauty of Westchester County. 

It is thoughts on the lengths we will go to be a part of something, anything, a thing.

And who are you?

America’s Next Top 20 Something was created by me (!), Jaime Wright, a (wishing I was more) recent NYU Tisch graduate, who originally hails from Westchester County (where ANTTS is primarily set).  I am obsessed with bringing communities together, celebrating the Millennial generation, and making sure everyone is fed.

The series is being produced by my company, the machine comedy collective (‘the machine’), a theatrical production company comprised of NYU Tisch graduates.  In the past year, we have produced five original comedy shows, an original works festival, a comedy festival, a workshop of a new musical, and revived our premiere production, i HATE the naughties!!! twice. 

America’s Next Top 20 Something will be our first leap into film, and we are SO EXCITED and SO TERRIFIED.   But we have assembled a group of ambitious and professional 20-somethings hailing from both the theatrical and cinematic world who are sure to make this an incredible experience resulting in an undeniably awesome product.

the machine will be working closely with local businesses and local artists in Westchester County while producing this project in order to expand both the reach of the machine, and the reach of the local artists, to foster the spirit of community, and to just have a wonderful time.

 But seriously, where is my money going?

Your cold-hard ‘typing in of Credit Card information’ will go directly to the production costs of the project- wardrobe, props, location and equipment insurance.  It will cover travel costs to and from Westchester County for the cast and production team, offset the price of meals and accommodations, and will support the work of the production team (writer/director, cinematographer, editor, costume designer, art director, production manager, and sound engineer), all emerging artists and recent college graduates from NYU Tisch, and the School of Visual Arts

PLUS!, you’ll get something back from it too!  With each pledge category, you’ll receive something special from Jaime, the machine, and the entire production team.  

If you would prefer to make a tax deductible donation, you may do so by visiting this link (https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/5794) where you can donate to the machine comedy collective directly through their non-profit fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas.  You may still claim your perks if you donate through Fractured Atlas (and your donation will remain tax deductible, minus the value of the reward).

America’s Next Top 20 Something is currently in pre-production.  The scripts, cast, and production team are solidified.  Shooting is set to begin in mid-July.  The series will be released on the internet in early Fall 2012.

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    An ironic tweet crafted by the cast and crew in your honor.

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    All of the above.
    Plus! A 1-minute jaunty tune about you (!) written by a member of the machine comedy collective.
    High-quality photos from the set.

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    All of the above.
    Plus! a DVD copy of the series. with "very special" commentary by the cast and crew.

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    All of the above.
    Plus! A date with a cast or crew member (of your choice. Pictures available upon request.)

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    A tweet, a song, photos, a DVD.
    Plus! A day of personal shopping advisory with the machine's resident Costume Designer (Lead Draper), Stephanie Levin. [This perk is also available online.]

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    A tweet, a song, photos, a DVD.
    Plus! A round-trip train ticket for 2 to Peekskill, NY where you will spend a day on set with the amazingly talented and beautiful cast and crew. You will also be cast as a FEATURED EXTRA in the shoot.

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    A tweet, a song, photos, a DVD.
    Plus! Choose the theme of the next full-length, fully-produced sketch comedy show by the machine sketch comedy. Also, you will appear in the show with the cast. [Travel to NYC not provided.]

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