Exclusive: Dallas filmmakers team up to make web series
Just as I'm about to move off to Austin for a new chapter in my life, I found out this: Frank Mosley (HOLD) and Justin D. Hilliard (THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE) are teaming up to make a new web series called KOMODO, which you can file under "dark" and "funny." If you've seen HOLD and PARADISE, then you know the aforementioned adjectives come easy for them. I've seen almost everything Mosley has done and spoke with him a few times about this project and I'm confident this will take off; these gents take filmmaking very serious and have stamped a name for themselves in the DFW area.
After the break I have the full press release, along with the teaser trailer for the series.
DFW filmmakers Justin D. Hilliard (THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE) and Frank Mosley (HOLD) are teaming up to create a new series, a dark comedy about a family on the edge, ambiguously entitled KOMODO.
Both filmmakers are fresh off touring their award-winning feature films on the festival circuit. Hilliard’s THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, premiered at the 2009 AFI Dallas International Film Festival and has gone on to be an ‘Official Selection’ of over fifteen festivals, gathering several ‘Best Feature’ & ‘Best Actor’ awards along the way. The dramedy was released theatrically in NYC last year and will be available soon on many formats, including DVD. Mosley’s minimalist psychodrama HOLD, a 2010 Venice Days candidate and IFP Narrative Labs Top 20 Finalist, premiered at the 2010 Dallas International Film Festival and later won The Sleeping Giant Award at the 2010 Kent Film Festival in Connecticut. The film is still touring on the circuit with hopes of distribution as well. Hilliard and Mosley, both longtime friends and UTA film alumni, have decided to collaborate for the first time together to create something special, a series they hope will raise questions just as much eyebrows. The filmmakers hope this teaser and future pilot will attract potential investors to contribute in finishing the rest of the series, one that they will be able to pitch to a major network. The series has certainly attracted many interested actors as well, including that of GATW's own Chase Whale, who is attached to make his onscreen debut in a very funny (and possibly very disturbing) recurring role.
With as much heart as its bite, KOMODO premieres with a family deep in the middle of resolving issues surrounding the disappearance of its mentally ill patriarch during an anniversary party, one that quickly devolves into a frantic search party across the entire neighborhood. From there, the series hopes to explore, as the teaser below bluntly reveals, "family, death, sex, and bastards." Participants in this ongoing family feud include a snippy, psychoanalyst daughter searching for her lost heart; an emasculated, disillusioned son who suspects his fiancé is cheating on him; a future son-in-law who's possibly left both his heart and his mind in Guatemala doing humanitarian work; and a sleazy lawyer uncle who always tends to ditch any family function...but not without recruiting a relative into a new pyramid scheme first. Hilliard and Mosley promise to tackle both serious themes and screwball comedy with the same steady hand as their feature films, with nods to influential western and noir genres and to icons such as Blake Edwards, Christopher Guest, and Larry David. And, speaking of "Larry David", yes, the scene-stealing canine of PARADISE will be along for the ride this time as well. Look for him and other talented actors in this chaotic ride of a teaser below. And, why is this ridiculous romp called KOMODO, you might ask? The filmmakers have failed to provide an answer, but have delivered a Wikipedia link and this epithet with a sly grin: "We are all capable of being carnivorous bastards. That’s family. That’s life. That’s KOMODO."