About this project
To show you what Seeking Sublet is really all about, throughout this campaign we will be releasing new videos for you to watch every couple of days. So please keep checking back and let us know what you think! We'd love to hear from you. Enjoy!!
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WHAT IS SEEKING SUBLET?
Have you ever had to find a roommate last minute or been forced to live with a stranger? Or did you move in with a friend only to discover it was a total nightmare to live together? Well, we here at Seeking Sublet feel your pain, and we want to commiserate… by making a web series!
Living with a roommate is hard. And living together in a small apartment is even harder. Whether your roommate is your best friend or a Craigslist rando, there is bound to be drama. We understand. Seriously, we do. Seriously, this is our therapy.
After 80+ roommates and subletters, countless arguments and way, way too many chore wheels, we (your loyal creators Katie Tibaldi and Josie Chai) felt that we had no choice but to make a series as an outlet for our pain. To our surprise, we discovered that we are not alone. In casting this series, we auditioned over 200 actors and were unable to find one person who didn’t have a bad roommate story to share. Even now on set, the anecdotes don’t stop. From crew to extras, everyone has had a bad roommate.
Seeking Sublet is an ensemble comedy born from these experiences. After Tess and Sam’s roommate moves out with no warning, they must find a replacement in order to make rent. With no choice but to find a stranger to live with, Tess, Sam, and their best friend/couch crasher Jake, encounter a cast of characters coming through their door seeking a sublet.
For stills and more information, please visit: www.seekingsublet.com
Katie Tibaldi (Writer/Director/Co-Creator/Executive Producer) is a writer/director/producer born and raised in Michigan. She has worked in professional capacities for NBC, CBS, ABC, TBS, MTV Networks, the NBA, New York University, Sony Pictures and as a Manager for the Traverse City Film Festival and Traverse City Winter Comedy Arts Festival for several years. Katie was an Associate Producer for the award-winning documentary, Courting Condi, which screened at over 30 film festivals world-wide, and between shows such as Damages, Are We There Yet, Wild ‘N Out and Saturday Night Live, has already worked on over 300 episodes of television. She earned her MFA and BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with multiple awards including the Dramatic Writing Award for Excellence in Half Hour Television in both 2007 and 2004 and Best Graduate Short Screenplay in the 2006 Fusion Film Festival. Recently, The Independent cited Katie as a filmmaker to watch in 2013. She is also on staff of the acclaimed Showtime series Nurse Jackie and a Producer on the feature documentary Street Fighting Man, which was selected for IFP's 2012 Independent Film Week, the 2013 Hot Docs International Pitch Forum, 2013 Sundance Labs and Sundance Documentary Fund and 2014 Film Independent Documentary Lab. Currently in post-production, Street Fighting Man is scheduled for completion in 2014. Katie could not be happier to be channeling her worst roommate experiences into a series made with dear friends.
Josie Chai (Co-creator/Executive Producer) is a producer born and raised in the Chicago area and currently resides in New York. Josie has had the luxury of living with amazing roommates, which probably means that she herself is the horrible roommate. Since graduating from Northwestern University, she has worked with Comedy Central, Spike TV, and TBS on shows such as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Onion SportsDome, and Are We There Yet?. Josie recently began working on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which premieres on Sunday, April 27 at 11 p.m. on HBO. Most importantly, she loves cats and can't wait to create an episode with roommates obsessed with cats.
Cailley Frank-Lehrer (Producer, Behind the Scenes Camera, Editor) is a producer/editor who works in television and independent film in New York City. She has worked for MTV, Adult Swim, and documentary features God Loves Uganda, 16 Acres, Undroppable and Capitalism: A Love Story. Originally from Michigan, Cailley graduated from Kalamazoo College, then lived for a few years in Europe and East Africa before transplanting to New York four years ago. She has lived with several people on this production and hopes to live with several, if not all, more.
Charlie Wilson (Executive Producer, SAM) is an actor and producer living in Brooklyn, New York. Since completing his acting training at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts he has produced several New York theater productions and appeared in dozens more. Including recent starring roles in Weekend at an English Country Estate and The Dead Dream Machine. His recent screen credits include the independent features Glass Chin and Gasp, as well as the Showtime pilot Happyish.
Rachel Kitson (TESS) is an actor currently living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While living in Philly is great, she’s trying to move to New York. So if you’re looking for a roommate with no pets, no allergies and someone who only cries silently into her pillow the regular amount, well, you need not look any further. Rachel graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Theater and has since worked in theater throughout the greater Philadelphia area. She made her feature debut in Lebanon, PA, starring opposite Josh Hopkins and Samantha Mathis. The film played at SXSW and won the Founder’s Prize for Best Fiction Film at the Traverse City Film Festival. The New York Times wrote her performance “illuminates [the] movie.” Lebanon, PA can currently be seen on Netflix.
Tim Mele (JAKE) is pleased as punch to be part of Seeking Sublet. He has trained on camera at Kelly Kimball Studio, studied theater with the Moscow Art Theater and takes improv at The Pit in New York City. Tim can be seen in Assassination of a High School President, distributed by Yari Film Group. Some favorite roles in the past include Lee in The Melville Boys, Mark in Kennedy’s Children, Andrei in Three Sisters and Konstantin in The Seagull. Tim attended Hobart and William Smith colleges, where he performed with his improv group for four years and had a radio show called Late Night Tea Time. Tim is thrilled to be working with such wonderfully talented actors, director and producers on Seeking Sublet.
Angelica Winkler (BRIDGET) grew up in Washington State and Landstuhl, Germany before finally settling in Bethesda, Maryland. She moved to New York where she attended NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in Drama. Since then, her recent film work includes Behind Happy Faces, Oh My Bag!, Flip Fantasia, Intersection, and A Girl's Guide to Her Early Twenties. With a deadly lust for comedy, Angelica also studies and performs improv all over the city. With training from the Upright Citizen's Brigade, the Magnet Theatre and 4-Track with Christian Capozzoli, she now performs with an indie improv troupe known as Boy Stuff. She could not be more thrilled to be a part of the inconceivably talented and hardworking team that is Seeking Sublet.
Keith Rubin (BOB) is a New York City-based actor, improviser, writer, and musician. He holds a degree in Theater from Yale, where he directed and performed with the Exit Players, Yale's oldest improv group. He also starred in over a dozen productions and co-wrote the book and lyrics for an original musical mounted during his senior year. In New York, Keith has co-created and performed in a number of original pieces, including 1927 (ArsNova) and Ms. Bovary (Access Theater). In addition, he has appeared in several webseries, including nerd., Newbies, Life Sucks, and RomDotCom, for which Backstage Magazine described his work as "one of those great moments where the actor really made the character." He performs improv regularly at the PIT with his improv team, the Punctual Drunks.
Clea Alsip, Kevin Barnett, Mallory Baysek, Jared Fried, Jermaine Fowler, Angela Gould, Lucky Gretzinger, Bethany Hall, Meghan Hanley, Tessa Harnetiaux, Kat Hickey, Miles Jacoby, James Kennedy, Nathaniel Kent, Chase Kinney, Meghan Maguire, Jordan Myrick, Ronnie Nelson, Lauren Orlando, Josh Rabanowitz, Clayton Raithel, Liza Renzulli, Natasha Rothwell, Karim Sioud, Amanda Van Nostrand, Lucas Van Engen and Ryan Willard.
Please check out the bios of our entire cast, guest stars and crew on our series website: www.seekingsublet.com
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Since the project started, the team of Seeking Sublet has already self-funded and successfully filmed four episodes, plus promotional content including trailers and a cast photo shoot. However, to continue bringing stories of nightmare roommates to your computer, phone, and tablet, we need your help. $20K is the minimum amount we’ll need to finish Season 1. So far we have produced our passion project in between working our survival jobs. Our series runs production and post-production simultaneously; this includes everything from casting, writing scripts and scheduling, to shooting and editing. Currently we’re prepping to shoot episode five while also editing earlier episodes.
We’ve reached the point where we can no longer self-fund the project. Given the chance, here are expenses we need to move forward:
- Equipment rentals
- Production design (Props, set dressing)
- Location fees
- Feeding our extremely talented and dedicated cast and crew (three meals a day for 20 people!)
- Film editing
- Color correcting
- Sound design
- Hiring a web designer
- Hard drives (Our footage is our gold, so everything has to be backed up - which means double sets of hard drives that cost $325 each)
NO MONEY NO PROBLEM
You can’t afford to donate but still want to help? Amazing! We’re sorry you’re going to miss out on our sweet rewards, but we are still very thankful you’re supporting our project. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Tumblr. Be sure to tweet, re-tweet, post, share, email and spread the word about our series and campaign. Every shout-out helps us reach a larger audience!
Risks and challenges
We recognize that any project of this magnitude can face challenges -- everything from scheduling conflicts to post-production delays. We've tried to anticipate and avoid these problems as much as possible by giving ourselves plenty of pre-production time, as well as assembling a team of talented, dedicated, experienced filmmakers and performers. Every single person involved with SEEKING SUBLET has worked on demanding projects and has the ability to be flexible if unforeseen issues arise.
We appreciate your continued support and cannot wait to share our completed series with you soon! Until then, know this is a safe space to share your experiences, strength and hope with each other that one day the epidemic of bad roommates will end. Our primary purpose in making SEEKING SUBLET is to make you laugh, showcase relatable characters and help each other survive the shit show of needing to live with other people.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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