Tribeca N.O.W., a newly designed program that recognizes creators of new online work (N.O.W.) aiming to discover, highlight, and celebrate the next generation of storytellers who choose to create and share their work in the online space. Join participants of this new initiative to discuss their webseries, including Rob Michael Hugel, creator and star of I HATE BEING SINGLE, Ben Sinclair & Katja Blichfeld, creators of HIGH MAINTENANCE, and Natalia Leite & Alexandra Roxo of BE HERE NOWISH, moderated by Tribeca Film Festival Programmer Cara Cusumano.
Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair, High Maintenance. Highlighted by the likes of The New Yorker and Filmmaker Magazine, Katja Blichfeld & Ben Sinclair’s brainchild, High Maintenance, is a wildly funny webseries that is tailor-made for the internet. Starring Sinclair as a pot deliveryman simply credited as “The Guy,” each episode of the series follows this nameless dealer as he delivers to his clients throughout New York City. Yet despite its straightforward concept, Blichfeld & Sinclair’s finely-tuned series hilariously dissects the craving for privacy in the city, and its conflict with a craving of a different kind.
Rob Michael Hugel, I Hate Being Single. Rob Michael Hugel is the mind behind I Hate Being Single, an uncomfortable yet ultimately heartwarming comedy webseries starring Hugel as a lonely hipster looking for love. In addition to working on the show’s second season, Rob is increasingly prolific within the New York comedy scene as a member of the UCB-based sketch troupe, Onassis. In the past, Rob’s eccentric style brilliantly lent itself to the much-loved webseries—and now, TV series—Broad City, for which he served as a writer, director, and editor on several episodes.
Alexandra Roxo & Natalia Leite, Be Here Nowish. Independent writers and filmmakers Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite make their webseries debut with this funny and sexy story of two friends who flee New York to find themselves in Los Angeles. Featuring biting wit and distinctive characters, and set at the collision between the queer-alternative and new age milieus, Be Here Nowish stands out among its webseries compatriots for its fresh, fearless, and current voice.