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Monday December 11th 2017



New webseries looks at indie filmmakers

The upcoming LGBT comedy webseries “Dumbass Filmmakers!” by Hunter Lee Hughes explores the world of indie film. While the show — which premieres July 10 on — might sound like a documentary, it’s actually narrative fiction.

Hughes says, “Although our title may sound crude, we also compassionately examine the artistic, psychological and emotional challenges of bringing LGBT creative material into existence in a world resistant to hearing our stories.”

In “Dumbass Filmmakers!” Dale Raoul (“True Blood”) plays disgusted mom Brenda Winters, whose “bisexual” son creates art installations and performance pieces she despises. So Harrison DeWinter (Hunter Lee Hughes, “Winner Takes All”) assembles a group of losers to make a transition from wacky installation artist to filmmaker despite his mother’s castrating indifference. The show premieres at on July 10.

The naïve Harrison truly believes his movie will inspire others to save the environment, protest injustice and embrace bisexuality. But when it comes to actually making the movie, Harrison can’t depend on his quixotic imagination alone. He turns to Vicki Moretti (Elizabeth Gordon, “Astral Projection Can Kill You”). Harrison feels confident that with Vicki in place, his artistic vision will soon materialize. But unexpected obstacles arise when Vicki fights to block vulnerable rising star Bobby Tulane (Justin Schwan, “Cutback”) from securing the lead role he so earnestly deserves.

Unlike Vicki, Bobby actually understands Harrison’s movie, making Bobby very appealing to Harrison, but very threatening to Vicki’s insecurities. Caught in the middle is mischievous casting director Scott Fleischman (Jimmy Dinh, “America’s Got Talent”), who hopes to somehow profit from the experience.

“Dumbass Filmmakers!” explores the irony of an unimportant man’s drive to produce something “important.” Although the character of Harrison is profoundly incompetent at storytelling and filmmaking, his odd genius of inspiring others to believe in his vision creates comedic tension. While Harrison strives – with some success — to connect to an unconscious creative energy, he lacks an ability to process his imagination and is both innocently and tragically clueless at navigating the interpersonal politics of materializing a project in the real world.

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