About this project
My Parents Are Crazier Than Yours is a fictional take on the true experience of a party-girl who loses her day-job in NYC, can't afford the place she's living in, gets rejected from every landlord because she has a Pit Bull, and has to move back home with her parents in suburban Long Island. She rekindles her old writing dreams by starting a blog and sharing her stories of dysfunction with the world.
I'm Myra (aka Marlene). I used to run the streets of New York. And now I run out of restaurants while my parents steal their silverware. I've turned my life into a comedy web series - because if you can't laugh at what happens to you in a bad economy, then, come on. I've written a laugh-packed pilot episode, followed by 20 follow-up webisodes. I've got an Emmy-nominated, Sundance winning cast and crew behind me - all excited to deliver the painful humor of family dysfunction to you!
Now, I just need $8,000 to shoot the pilot, "Homecoming," which takes place in New York City and Long Island. This budget covers the costs of production (locations, permits, camera equipment, lighting, food, cast and crew) and post-production (editing and music). Any additional funds will go towards kicking off the rest of the series...and finding my dog a girlfriend.
I invite you to see what makes my parents crazier than yours and how the "defeat" of returning home has actually turned into the inspiration to grow up.
Let's make this show!
BEHIND THE PRODUCTION
WRITER/DIRECTOR/"MYRA": Marlene Rhein has directed over 50 music videos including 2Pac Shakur's last and Amy Winehouse's "F-Me Pumps." She wrote and directed a number of off-off Broadway plays, and her first feature film, "The Big Shot-Caller" debuted theatrically in 2009 which garnered four stars from film critic, Kam Williams and which the New York Times called "Authentic." She was selected by FILMMAKER MAGAZINE as one of the "Top 25 New Faces of Independent Film."
PRODUCER: C. David Pina's background includes broadcast TV, the interactive web, mobile marketing, production design, award-winning graphics, program development, and production. His credits include several years of the Academy Awards, the Tonys, Emmys, Grammys, Miss America and many independent productions for television and the internet.
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Dan Gold is a Sundance Award winning Director of Photography who was nominated for two Emmy’s for his work on BLUE VINYL, an HBO film about the poison plastic vinyl. He also co-directed, produced, and shot EVERYTHING’S COOL, a documentary about global warming that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2007 and won the Audience Award at the Eckerd Film Festival. His work as a cinematographer has been featured on scores of feature documentaries throughout the last decade as well as on Saturday Night LIve, Dateline NBC, and The Hallmark Channel.
"IVAN" ROBERT HOGAN's highly prolific career in American television began in 1961. He has portrayed numerous recurring characters on programs such as Alice, Another World, As the World Turns, Days of Our Lives, Deadline, General Hospital, Law & Order, Murder, She Wrote, One Life to Live, Peyton Place, and The Wire. He has maintained an active career as a guest star on television throughout the decades on such programs as Hawaii Five-O, M*A*S*H, Mission: Impossible, Mork & Mindy, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, Laverne & Shirley, Magnum P.I., St. Elsewhere, and T.J. Hooker.
"LINDA" PEGGY POPE is most recognizable as the "office lush" in the movie 9 TO 5, starring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin. She has appeared in the movies, THE LAST STARFIGHTER, ONCE BITTEN, and CHOKE and has had either recurring or guest appearances on Law & Order, Night Court, The Golden Girls, The Paper Chase, Hill Street Blues, Hart to Hart, Barney Miller, Eight is Enough, Soap, Billy, and Calucci's Department..
"LUIGI THE PIT BULL" was rescued from NYC's Harlem dog pound one Christmas Eve and has since made guest appearances on the YouTube series "Angry Gladys," the parody video for "Gay-Z," and can often be found posing for pictures with blue-collar beefcakes. He wants you to donate money to make the show so he can escape suburban hell and return to the social mileu of New York City's streets where barely clad French Poodles run amok.
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