The Internet Famous Premiere
Internet Famous is a locally-produced web series from a talented team of current and former Pittsburghers. The seven “webisodes” follow a group of friends as they navigate the troubling waters of the internet age, exploring themes of sexuality and the Warhol-tinged “15 minutes of fame”. Today’s Post-Gazette article did a great job profiling the behind-the-scenes aspects of Internet Famous, whose creators successfully raised $8,500 via Kickstarter to fund the project, which the PG deemed “raunchy and heartfelt”.
Written by Chris Lee, who graduated with his Masters from Pitt studying screenwriting, and Tom Williams, a grad of Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the web series follows Andy, the protagonist, as he navigates internet fame after a drunken rant catalyzed by a stroke of bad luck. Check out a trailer below.
Self-described as “toilet humor with a heart,” both writers cite Seinfeld as a huge influence. Tom states, “It initially brought us together, knowing that we both appreciated the same kind of humor. I think there are definitely some elements of Seinfeld that show up in Internet Famous. Our show is based around a group of friends that spend a lot of time together and often converse about or debate very menial things, especially Andy and Dave.”
The series was shot entirely in Pittsburgh during the heat wave of the summer of 2013, which proved to be a challenge for cast and crew, but ultimately a satisfying experience. “I’ve definitely learned a lot while working on larger sets and tried to apply that knowledge to our set, but there is just so much more satisfaction when working on something that is very DIY and that you’ve been a part of since the project’s infancy,” says Tom.
They’ve also called upon their favorite local bands to provide the series’ soundtrack, including the Harlan Twins, Pittsburgh Track Authority, Neighbours, Action Camp, Triggers and many more talented folks. According to Tom, “We were already fans of many of the bands that appear in the show, and Chris knew guys in a couple of the bands. I think a big part of the attitude in people that work in the arts in Pittsburgh, whether it be music, film making, or anything else, is their willingness to help out others in the artistic community. We wanted to showcase as many of the great Pittsburgh bands as we could, and a lot of them expressed excitement at the possibility of getting their music out to a different audience.”
You can catch all seven episodes of the series at tomorrow’s premiere at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, a favorite of Tom’s, “I think it’s one of Pittsburgh’s treasures and my favorite place to see a movie in the city.” Doors are at 7 and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $5 at the door or can be purchased here in advance. Be sure to stick around until the end for a meet and greet with the creators, cast and crew!
If you’re highly intrigued but can’t make tomorrow’s premiere, don’t fret! They’ll be debuting a new episode each Wednesday on their website.