‘Mr. Jack’ and the Future of Entertainment/Art

by TVWriter™ Press Service

The French call it; Raison D’être which literally means ‘purpose.’ The phrase is infamous for the associated in philosophical circles with the trial of Socrates, where the question is asked; “Is the life lived sans Raison D’être worth redemption?”

Mr. Jack, a New Media series from writer turned director Mick Lexington takes this age-old question and asks it in the modern-day backdrop of The LES of Manhattan, the last bastion of Bohemianism in New York City, warts and all.

The crowdfunding campaign for Mr. Jack kicked off Friday, August 16. The series is based on Lexington’s novel and follows a young artist returning to New York after a self-imposed exile and his struggle to reconnect with the reality he has detached from.

The project is a collaboration of Lexington, fashion photographer turned cinematographer James M. Graham, and musician Justin Wert who, working outside his jazz roots, will deliver the a-tonal series soundtrack.

The plan is to raise enough to top off the budget to shoot the pilot episode of Mr. Jack and shop it around to raise funding for five more episodes. Says Lexington on the project, “We own the cameras and sound equipment which covers a considerable part of our expense. What we need help with is the day to day operation of shooting onsite in New York City.”

Val, the main character in Mr. Jack is the classic tragic artist archetype. He feels he is not worthy of happiness. He does not recognize that he must take responsibility for his own contentment.

Instead, Val lives vicariously through the character called Mr. Jack, who  by claiming credit for other people’s art, sleeping with other men’s wives, and substituting chemicals for his own endorphins, takes a shortcut to happiness.

Mr. Jack is Lexington’s passion project, and he is to seeking independent financing via Indiegogo to make it as a TV series without compromises.

“I had 500K on the table to develop another TV series I created. The catch was I had to work with a producer who wanted to turn to turn my drama into a slapstick action thriller. I walked away from that rather than have the project compromised.”

Lexington turned to crowdfunding because he believes it empowers the full gamut of artistic expression from the artist to the spectator.

“Before crowdfunding,” he says, “the only control the viewer had was the purchase of a ticket. With crowdfunding, it is the collaboration of creator and viewer that shapes the future of communication.”

Lexington believes that in the past entertainment and art were in essence two different things. He sees crowdfunding as facilitating their merger, putting it this way.

What is considered as art today does not challenge the audience or viewer. It anesthetizes it inebriates, but it does not transform. It should be the duty of not only the filmmaker but of every artist, regardless of medium, to pursue the objective of throwing complacency off-kilter.

I don’t believe an artist should put the responsibility for the significance of a work of art on the viewer. The artist cannot create and distribute without some rationale behind their creation. The viewer may have their own interpretation, and there is no right or wrong interpretation; beauty fails any dictate as beauty a cannot be legislated.

To Lexington, the importance of the artist lies in the truth that splendor cannot be ordered from “above.” Art has to emerge from the conjoining of artist and audience, which benefits society by allowing the creation of “entertainment” that “touches our souls, breaks our hearts, causes us to laugh, permits us to cry, and kicks our asses into a higher state being.”
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In view of the passion Lexington feels about Mr. Jack, it clearly is his Raison D’être, to do just that.


Mick Lexington was a semi-finalist in the 2013 People’s Pilot, leading to him coming to the attention of the producer he turned later turned down. The Crowdfunding campaign for Mr. Jack kicked off Friday, August 16.

Check out the campaign at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mr-jack-new-media-web-series

See the video presentation at: https://vimeo.com/353159135

Pre-Launch Checklist for Indie Creatives

The official title of the following article is “Pre-Launch Checklist For Your Podcast,” but the steps described below apply to any independent series be it audio, video, film, you-name-it. Save yourself from having to learn these lessons the hard way and enjoy the read.

by Robin Kinnie

There are many ways to prepare for the launch of your podcast. After recording numerous episodes, it’s now your time to shine and share it with the world! But, what should you actually do to ensure a successful launch?

Here’s what I recommend any new podcaster do BEFORE hitting the publish button.

? Record 3-5 episodes
I talked about this in a previous post but, it makes a difference. Listeners may need to hear more than one episode before hitting the coveted ‘subscribe’ button. Give them numerous episodes and luckily get them hooked!

? Come up with a signature hashtag
Creating a signature hashtag can help distinguish your podcast and should be aligned with your overall brand. This is true especially if you plan to incorporate social media into your marketing strategy. Something short that people can tag to share their thoughts about your podcast is ideal.

? Create a template for episode graphics (coordinate with cover art design)
If budget allows, work with a graphic designer to create a post template. These templates can be used to announce guests, solicit feedback or share an interesting quote from a recent episode. Having a template cuts down on time to alter the graphic. If hiring a designer is not in your budget, consider programs like Canva to create it yourself.

? Know your audience (and where they interact)
Knowing your audience is very important. They will not only be your core listening audience but also your ambassadors. They will (hopefully) share your content, buy your merchandise and attend your events. But, you must first know WHO they are. Create a profile for your ideal listener (age range, gender, hobbies, education level, etc.) and use that information to research WHERE they congregate. This will give you a head start on marketing your podcast. Instead of throwing out a net in the ocean, you will be throwing a dart at a bulls’ eye….

Kevin Bacon’s Revolutionary New Gig

When is a TV or web series not a TV or web series?

When it’s an audio series. Erm, a podcast, um…how ’bout we just say when it’s something new, unique, and wonderful like the new fictional comedy series podcast I’m Gonna Be Kevin Bacon, in which some old actor name of Kevin Bacon plays – no, not Kevin Bacon but another old actor called “Randy Beslow,” an angry and embittered actor who lost the starring role in Footloose to Bacon and is riding the trail of revenge.

Or, as Kevin Bacon himself put it last week:

Hmm, is that really the famous Kev? Or is the guy above Randy Beslow? Guess we’ll have to listen and see find out.

Created by Dan Abramson, a Funny or Die production, scheduled to appear on Spotify soon.

Up & Running – Bri Castellini & Chris Cherry’s Complete 2nd Season of ‘Sam and Pat are Depressed”

The latest from the creators themselves:

You can now watch ALL of Sam and Pat Are Depressed, Season 2
by “Sam and Pat”

We took a big swing introducing a (gasp) PLOT this season, but we think you’ll agree, it was worth it!

You can now find Sam and Pat Are Depressed, the complete 2 seasons, at SeekaTV, Stareable, and YouTube.

And, if you want to continue supporting the show and the team behind it, please consider joining us on Stareable Enrich, where for just $1 a month you’ll get 2 overly-artsy closeups of our many, many props, and for $5 you’ll get tons of behind-the-scenes content and early access to updates.

Join Sam and Pat Are Depressed

EDITOR’S NOTE: Speaking of Bri and Chris, you all know we’re big fans, so you won’t be surprised to hear that we also love their podcast, Bri and Chris are Depressed. Hmm, some cool synchronicity there, yeah?

Just click the image below and start listening. We promise that when you hear it you won’t be depressed at all.


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Everything You Should Know About ‘Sam and Pat are Depressed’

A wonderful article on the latest web series created, written by, starring, et al, TVWriter™ frequent contributor Bri Castellini and her partner Chris Cherry. This TVWriter™ minion’s favorite read of the week:

SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED, SEASON 2: GETTING THROUGH LIFE’S DIFFICULTIES WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
via Snobby Robot

Many people view depression and other mental health issues in negative terms, no thanks to the typical tropes that have been attached to mental illness in mainstream media. In reality, daily life can be quite mundane for people who deal with various mental health issues; problems that are actually more annoying than life-altering.

However, getting through those problems with a sense of humor can make a remarkable difference in the lives of those who suffer from depression. When dealing with life’s highs and lows, it’s true that laughter is the best medicine, and the acclaimed comedy web series SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED is perfect evidence of that credo.

Co-executive produced and co-written by Bri Castellini and Chris Cherry (who play, respectively, Sam and Pat), this comedic yet relatable look at living with mental health returns for its second season March 25th on Stareable and Seeka TV. Season 1 of SAM AND PAT can also be seen on both platforms.

Complimenting each episode of SAM AND PAT is season 1 of the podcast BRI AND CHRIS ARE DEPRESSED, which can be heard on several audio platforms including iTunes and Spotify. Co-hosted by Castellini and Cherry, the podcast covers many of the mental health issues portrayed in SAM AND PAT. In addition, listeners can contact Castellini and Cherry on Twitter (@_UndeadBurrito_) with their questions for season 2 of the podcast…

While the visual look and feel of SAM AND PAT ARE DEPRESSED has improved in season 2, the show is still focused on two people who try their hardest to deal with the complexities of their mental health. While Castellini and Cherry continue to live prosperous lives in spite of their struggles with depression, they hope that their series and podcast can help viewers achieve that same existence for themselves.

Based on Castellini and Cherry’s own experiences with depression and therapy, season 2 of SAM AND PAT humorously addresses many topics similar to those explored in its first season. Yet, both of them note that SAM AND PAT’s second season will also explore a topic that many people still find difficult to discuss: antidepressants….

Read it all at SNOBBYROBOT.COM