Chad Burris and Cory Stonebrook are seeking an assist.
Burris, a 2011 graduate of Alma High School and Ouachita Baptist University alumni, and Stonebrook have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to launch a comedy web series called “City Boyz.”
The basic premise is two brothers win a contest for a trip to New York City. However, the two have never really left their hometown before and are only guided by a book one of them found at the library.
Burris describes the series as a combination of “Broad City,” “Step-Brothers,” and “Napoleon Dynamite.”
“We’re not waiting to be noticed, but creating our own content and to start within a web series format,” said Burris. “I’m excited. It’s not just acting, but we’re writing, producing and casting this on our own. Cory is going to direct and there isn’t going to be very many hands in the pot telling us what we can and cannot do.”
The duo is working with cinematographer Jordan Battiste at Niko Frank Productions to develop the series. Five episodes have been written and money is needed to help get the episodes off the ground when it begins shooting in June.
“We’ve had other actors who are willing to do this just for the exposure, but the tech people working behind the scenes want a paycheck,” Burris said. “We’re hoping to enter the series to some film festivals to get more exposure since there may be some network executives there to screen these films. They want to see a really well-done series. So we have to do this right. It has to have great sound and color correction so it will look and sound great on a big screen.”
Burris, an actor and writer, moved to New York City after spending three years touring with “The Book of Mormon.” He has also performed at the Arkansas Repertory Theater, Cape Playhouse and will be back at the Cleveland Playhouse for another run of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
Stonebrook is an actor, director, writer and improviser, and the creator of “Sensitive,” a web series which has played in a number of festivals and won the Audience Award at the Brooklyn Web Fest. The series can be seen on SeekaTV and the upcoming ENV channel on Amazon Prime. Stonebrook has also made appearances on Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black” and Comedy Central’s “New Timers.”
Follow the City Boyz on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityboyzwebseries and at www.indiegogo.com/projects/city-boyz—2#/.
Burris said much of the support so far has come from the Arkansas River Valley.