What if you were stuck inside of someone else's story? What if you decided to be a hero? But, then the world wouldn’t let you? This is where we find our heroine. Lo: The New Adventures of Ultimate Man’s Ex-Girlfriend is a Live-Action Comedic Web Series about breaking up with a superhero and being a woman in the workplace, two things that are far more challenging than they should be.
The series is inspired in equal parts by superhero comics, romantic comedies, and Gail Simone’s Women in Refrigerators. We love the women in superhero comic books. We just wish the supporting female characters in superhero movies had more to do than getting kidnapped and rescued. That's why we're recentering the superhero narrative from the supporting female's point of view to explore everything that sucks about dating a superhero, or living life in the shadow of any man.
Our web series follows Lo, a journalist in her thirties, just after she’s broken up with Ultimate Man, America’s favorite superhero. Lo attempts to get her personal and professional life back on track, but that proves to be impossible after years spent associated with the most famous and beloved man on the planet.
The first season of Lo: The New Adventures of Ultimate Man’s Ex-Girlfriend is told in six short serialized episodes. The script for Lo was a selected finalist in the prestigious 2017 Austin Film Festival and Writer’s Conference.
Together, the Lo Team has decades of television and film production experience. We've already brought together a super-human cast of performers (check them out below and in our video!) and an experienced team of production professionals to execute our vision in just six shoot days. This project is ready to go! All we need is your help funding things like:
- Set Design, Art Direction, & Props
- Camera Gear & Camera Operators
- Special Effects
- Post Production
- A Doomsday Device
- A Dope Supersuit
SHOOTING GOAL: $35,000
$35,000 is the minimum amount of money we need to film the story of Lo. This will cover our essential shooting and post-production costs.
STRETCH GOAL: $50,000
With $50,000 we can shoot the script as written with zero compromises. This means, special effects! Ray Guns! Doomsday Devices! An Ultimate Man that flies! An even doper Super Suit!
Our Kickstarter Rewards include:
- DIGITAL POSTER - A High-Res Digital Version of our poster by comic book artist Jamal Igle
- LIVE SCRIPT READING AUDIO - Full Audio of our Live Script Reading. Hear Lo before you see it!
- PRODUCER'S CUT ACCESS- Early Streaming Access to the producer's cut of Lo. See it before anyone else does!
- POSTER PRINT - Get a print of our poster by Jamal Igle.
- T-SHIRT- A T-Shirt featuring our Lo Poster artwork by Jamal Igle.
- A CREDIT ON LO - Receive a credit ranging from "Special Thanks" to Executive Producer.
Lo will have a grounded style to reflect the world we live in but allow you to believe that there could be people with superpowers flying amongst us. We follow in the tradition of superhero works from Richard Donner’s Superman to Shyamalan's Unbreakable to Hulu’s The Runaways. The grounded feeling of being in a real place, like New York, will inform our palate, cinematography and production design.
The most significant influence on Lo: The New Adventures of Ultimate Man’s Ex-Girlfriend will be its very human heroine. Every directorial choice from camera angle to wardrobe to props will be informed by her character. Every superhero story works hard to ensure that the heroes are relatable to their audiences since they aren’t entirely human, but Lo is already relatable because she’s us. We’ve all been where she is, and our creative choices seek to make every viewer relate to her as inspired by the directorial style in character-centric work like Broad City, Being Mary Jane, Barry or Girls.
Having spent nearly 15 years directing character-driven nonfiction, I’ll be adapting that directing style to the scripted process with a multi-camera approach, using fluid movement and an editorial pace that heightens the character-based comedy that can live in silence or the smallest of reactions. We've built a collaborative crew of veteran professionals who we’ve worked with for years. Each member brings passion, immense talent, and inspiration to everything they do. Our director of photography, our audio supervisor, our editor, our stylist, our art director, our AC, our AE and our entire production team will bring the same level of professional craft to Lo as they do to all of their work.
Tom Ciaccio grew up in Queens—just like Peter Parker. Alas, he has yet to be bitten by a radioactive anything. As a child of the 90's, he devoured a steady TV diet of Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files, and Sex and the City. These influences probably explain why most of Tom's writing exists at the cross-section of broken hearts and supernatural phenomena. He has worked as a producer and director in non-fiction television creating content for outlets like Bravo, VH1, and Refinery29. One day on the set of The Real Housewives of Someplace Tom thought to himself "Hey, this would be a better show if the Housewives fought robots!" Since then, he has focused on writing comedic speculative fiction that explores human relationships. Tom presently writes on truTV's Hack My Life where he serves as Supervising Producer.
Favorite Superhero: Jessica Jones
Three-time Emmy-Award winner Rebecca Bregman comes to Lo with over 15 years of experience in production. After starting a career in independent film, she quickly grew to prefer the medium of television and has not looked back. She currently serves as Head of Production at Part2 Pictures. Before Part2, Rebecca was the VP of Production for Bobby Flay’s production company Rock Shrimp, overseeing and line producing programs such as Beat Bobby Flay, Kelsey’s Essentials, Brunch @ Bobby’s, and many others. She won a 2012 Daytime Emmy for Best Culinary Program for her work on Bobby Flay's BBQ Addiction, and during her time at Lion TV, won a 2009 and a 2010 Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show for her work on Cash Cab. She has produced hundreds of hours of shows for Food Network, Oxygen, truTV, Discovery Channel, VH1, MTV, and Nickelodeon among others. To date, her proudest moment was working with Mr. Ice Cube.
Favorite Superhero: Norman Lear
Meri Haitkin’s third parent was the television set. Since moving to New York in the late 90’s, she’s managed to turn what homework-fiending teachers called “a waste of time,” into a Gladwellian 10,000 hours of expertise in character-driven storytelling that’s earned her an Emmy nomination. Like her channel-flipping former self, she’s jumped genres a million times because she loves too many things, directing and producing on competition shows like Top Chef and Project Runway, and quirky reality comedies like The Salt-n-Pepa Show, Human Resources, and Blind Date and documentaries like 30 Days, James Cameron’s The Story of Science Fiction and the one she was surely born to make on the film Airplane!. She jumped at the chance to direct Tom's brilliant script for so many reasons: the opportunity to work with like-minded friends and performers, the opportunity to work on a comedy while addressing social issues and a super cool setting to bank some #femalefilmmakerfriday social media shots.
Favorite Superhero: Dr. Who, 10th Doctor.
Liz Hodes started her career working in the accounting department of I Am Legend, and then with some friendly advice from Will Smith (not really), she switched to television where she spent seven years working in production management and accounting for shows like This American Life and Mob Wives. Fed up with numbers, Liz moved over to creative pursuits and has spent the last four years Story Producing shows like Ride with Norman Reedus and The Zoo. Liz is a sucker for bleak British detective series, but also (and more importantly) complex characters dealing with the drama of everyday life. So, Liz is thrilled to be working on Lo, just the kind of human story woven into the superhero genre, that the world needs!
Favorite Superhero: Sherlock
Eboni Booth is from the beautiful Bronx, where she read Christopher Pike novels and watched The Color Purple and The Fabulous Baker Boys on repeat. Recently, Eboni has acted in productions at Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theater Club, and LCT3/Lincoln Center. Her television credits include The Americans, Show Me a Hero, and Daredevil. Eboni is a graduate of the University of Vermont and is very excited to work on Lo with such a merry band of misfits.
Favorite Superheroes: Captain Underpants and Edward Cullen
Actor/Comedian Evan Williams has been putting a light spin on dark life events in NYC since moving himself and his dumbbells there from NC in 2012. He's been featured on Comedy Central's Roast Battle II and was a 2016 'New Face' at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He had a guest role in the Season 6 premiere of The Americans on FX. He's also been listed as a 'Top Comedian Under 30' by Complex Magazine and has been featured in TimeOut NY, The Interrobang, and The New York Times. He was also in MTV's Bugging Out and was a finalist in Seeso's New York's Funniest.
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Darian Dauchan is an award-winning solo performer, actor, and poet who has appeared on both Broadway (Twentieth Century) and Off-Broadway Theatre (Jean Cocteau Rep., Classical Theatre of Harlem). TV and Film credits include Law and Order, Nickelodeon's Bet the House as Darian the "SoundFX" Guy, and the Lionsgate feature film Things Never Said. His band, The Mighty Third Rail, were 2015 American Music Abroad Finalists for the U.S. State Department, and in 2014 performed at SKYBOX, the first Hip Hop Theater Festival in Norway. He is the 2016 Loop Station Vice-Champion of the American Beatbox Championships and just recently completed The Brobot Johnson Project, a Sci-Fi Hip Hop transmedia piece, with the support of the All For One Theater. The web series The New Adventures of Brobot Johnson won for Outstanding Score, Theme Song, and Comedy Series at the 2017 LA Web Festival, BEST original music at the 2018 HollyWeb Fest, BEST music at the Toronto Web Fest, and BEST soundtrack at the Escape Velocity Festival sponsored by the Museum of Science Fiction. The album Brobot Johnson: Bionic Boom Bap is now available on iTunes, and the show The Brobot Johnson Experience is a critically acclaimed Ben Brantley New York Times Critics' Pick.
Favorite Superhero: Morpheus
Dominick Pupa is a showbiz whore. As an Emmy loser, he has served as producer or executive producer on some of the marquis titles of the reality TV century, including Real Housewives of Atlanta and New York City, Don't Be Tardy for the Party, The Bachelor, Wife Swap, The A-List: New York and Long Island Medium. As a comedian, he has performed everywhere from a packed Carnegie Hall to a basement pub at the London School of Economics for an audience of exactly two people. As a human being, he's the proud embodiment of most gay cliches. Except for the ones about dressing well and being in good shape.
Favorite Superhero: Cher
Andrea Simons is a queer actor and writer living in Brooklyn with all the other queer actors and writers. She makes comedy videos on her Stepdaughter Comedy channel, and her work can also be seen on WhoHaha, Elite Daily, and Refinery29. Andrea also performs live sketch comedy in venues across New York City and can be seen monthly at the People's Improv Theater. You can also follow her on Instagram at @stepdaughterdre, where you will find many photos in wigs.
Favorite Superhero: Kate Bush
Megan Stein is a producer, comedian, and dog mom living in Brooklyn. She has produced television and digital content for National Geographic, truTV, HGTV, and others, most recently working at A+E Networks. Megan performs improv and standup across New York City and Bushwick, yet somehow still remembers to feed her dachshund, Arya. You can follow Megan on Instagram at @steinzie for extremely dumb bits and extensive hotdog footage.
Favorite Superhero: Rihanna
Jennifer Silverman was born and raised in western Canada. She started doing theater out of the womb and came to Manhattan via invisible plane. Recent New York stage credits include, Lynn in You Love That I’m Not Your Wife and Jan in Fifty Words. Jennifer has also done a boatload of short films, commercials, some indie features and television too.
Favorite Superhero: Wonder Woman
Jorge Cordova is a New York-based actor working in theater, film, and television. His credits include, Theater: [PORTO], Universal Robots, Lady Day, Family Play: 1979 – Present, Bonedive Scrounger; Television: Seven Seconds (Netflix), Blacklist (NBC), Blue Bloods (CBS), Madame Secretary (CBS); Film: The Visit (dir. M. Night Shyamalan)
Favorite superhero: Mr. Met
Risks and challenges
Film and Video production is always a non-stop balancing act of time and money, and our plan to produce a comedic superhero adventure with costumes and special effects is no easy feat. Luckily, the team behind Lo is made up of seasoned Executives, Showrunners, Producers and Production Managers that make production miracles happen on a daily basis. Collectively we have produced hundreds of hours of film, television, and digital content across multiple genres. Between our collective production experience and our network of New York-based production professionals, we’re prepared to tackle any and all challenges ahead of us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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