The 5th Annual Indie Series Awards is set for tonight, but before the big ceremony commences, nominees turned out for the pre-party at Raphel's in Studio City. Guests of the exclusive soiree included We Love Soaps Roger Newcomb, Indie Series Network's Kevin Mulcahy, Miss Behave/Acting Dead Producers Susan Bernhardt and Brian Beacock, as well as its' star Julian Claire who also has an upcoming movie called Alien Abduction set to be released April 4. Best Drama Series nominees Thurston's creator Kathryn O'Sullivan and star Colleen Zenk; DeVanity's creators and stars Michael and Barbie Caruso, Katie Apicella, Katie Caprio, as well as director of the nominated series Kelly Portier and Cinematographer Rod Portier were also present. In addition the very busy and nominated actress Carolyn Hennessy took a moment to stop by in support of the ceremony which she is set to MC.
One of the great things about the webseries genre is how supportive everyone is of each other and their projects. Karolina Sivas creator and star of Broken At Love mentioned how even some of her friends are part of her series, which recently wrapped their season two with special guest star Y&R alum Sharon Ferrell. Jonathan Holbrook creator/producer/writer of STILL made the trip from Washington with Dave Shecter who stars as love-sick serial killer Levi and Tabitha Bastien (aka) Emily. They weren't the only ones from the Emerald City nominated for a ISA- hit series Wrecked creator Liz Ellis was also on hand, excited to be a part of such an elite set of webseries creators being honored. While some made the trip across country for the awards show, the creator, writer, director of 3Some Lisa Gifford and producer Elisar Cabrera braved the 13-hour flight from England. Gifford has been ecstatic at how well-received her webseries has been in America. Originally written as a play, after its' run fans wanted more which was one of the reasons creating 3some as a webseries was so appealing.
Tonight is the first time the Indie Series Awards ceremony is in Los Angeles and it is shaping up to be a great success. The ceremony will be streamed live from the El Portal Theatre via JTS.tv at 8:00pm(PST)/11:00pm(ET). A list of the nominees can be found at Indie Series Awards Website.
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