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Two sarcastic stoner twenty year olds get in over their heads when they create the "Grindr" for lesbians.
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Hot & Bothered is a fast-paced satirical comedy that follows the lives of two sarcastic stoner twenty year olds who get in over their heads when they create the "Grindr" for lesbians. 

Hot & Bothered was selected as a finalist for the Sundance New Voices Lab!

The series, Hot & Bothered, is a satirical comedy that pokes fun at social constructs, especially those involving gender, sexuality, and race, while also commenting on hypocrisies within these communities.  

Liz, a biracial lesbian, and their best friend Stan, a white straight dude, barely get by at their part time jobs in the small city of Dayton, Ohio. The two of them are both unaware of their narcissism and don't understand why they are always single.  Liz blames the lack of queer community, which leads Stan to suggest Liz to invent "the Grindr for lesbians." 

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The app slowly grows over the span of the first season until it becomes a thriving massive corporation.  The app that was originally created to help Liz find some lovin' eventually evolves into a "hipster" Google type office space that consumes both Stan and Liz's lives.  The two must find a balance in running a huge corporation while still being the stoner 20 year olds that they are. 

Why is this IMPORTANT!?!?

This project is being made because there is such a lack of representation within mainstream media when it comes to queer people of color.  The few times we manage to find diversity within media the roles tend to be one-dimensional stereotypes rather then well rounded people. When you are a queer person of color you rarely see yourself reflected within the mainstream which can be difficult especially if you are from a small Midwestern city as well. 

Most LGBT shows/movies consist of romance stories or tragedies. There isn't a lot of lighthearted comedies in the mix when it comes to LGBT content.

We are only having queer actors play the queer roles for this whole series.

 

Leah Byrd - Liz
Leah Byrd - Liz
Leah Byrd is the writer, director, and star of Hot & Bothered. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She grew up spending 13 years in Catholic school in a small Midwestern city leaving very little room for queer spaces within her childhood. Discovering all of the queer content available online was a real game changer on her path towards self acceptance. This has driven a strong passion within Leah to create diverse characters within her own media. She knows first hand what representation can do to one's mental health and the incredible power that media can have on opening minds.

Leah Byrd has a BFA in Motion Picture Production from Wright State University. 

Ian Patrick Ashwell - Stan
Ian Patrick Ashwell - Stan

Ian Patrick Ashwell is an actor from Cincinnati, OH. He is a BFA Acting Major at Wright State University in Dayton, OH and is expected to graduate spring 2018.  Hot & Bothered is his first film credit, and he has acted onstage for eight years. 

Joe Cook - Cinematographer
Joe Cook - Cinematographer

Joe Cook is a British born cinematographer based in Ohio. He has lensed several short films, music videos, and short documentaries that have screened across the country. Among those works are the first two episodes of Hot & Bothered! 

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A large amount of the funds raised will go towards post production for episodes 3-6 of Hot & Bothered.  We are going to need funds to hire a professional sound designer to mix and compose the sound of this piece so that it will have a polished finish.  Sound design is not cheap. It will cost several hundreds for the sound design of each episode to be complete. 

The funds for production will go towards feeding our cast and crew, renting expensive equipment, and purchasing hard drives to store all of the data. 

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Look at this dope design created by our team's talented graphic designer/animator, Katrina Scott!! 

T-Shirt Design
T-Shirt Design

 

 

Risks and challenges

The only challenge involved for this project would be a potential need to push the premiere date back because of issues finding the professionals needed to complete the post sound design and color correcting that is necessary for the piece.

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