Highway 9 Pictures

moving pictures by avi glijansky and friends

HIGHWAY 9 PICTURES is the production banner of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Avi Glijansky. 

Along with a regular group of collaborators, Highway 9 creates short films and web series that always maintains a strong focus on character and genuine human emotion.

rojects include: "The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros," "The Silver Lake Badminton and Adventurers Club," and "The Ladies and The Gents."

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New Media Expo Panel, IAWTV Awards and CES

It would seem that Vegas in early January is gearing up to become to New Media Creators what the Austin of March is for Indie Techies, Filmmakers and Musicians. Not unlike the triple threat of SXSW Interactive, Film, and Music (which by the way run from March 8th-17th this year), this month will see 3 separate but related events taking place around the Vegas strip - CES, the IAWTV Awards, and the New Media Expo.

First up is New Media Expo (formerly Blogworld) which will be held from Jan 6th-8th and will feature an entire track devoted to Web TV.  I'll be speaking at "Ready, Set, Shoot - A Beginner's Guide", a panel on taking your first steps into production for new media.  In addition, core Highway 9 collaborator (and my beautiful fiance') Jo Bozarth will be moderating "Acting Up! - Advice from Award Winning and Nominated Web Series Actors."  A full list of the Web TV Track (as well as the rest of the conference) can be found here.

Then, on the evening of Jan 8th, the Venetian Hotel will play host to the 2nd Annual IAWTV Awards.  As with last year, the IAWTV Awards will technically be part of the CES conference.  That said, the awards and the education track that goes with them (both organized and run by the International Academy of Web Television) shine a much more specific light on web series--the folks creating them, the shows that are out there, and the way the medium is growing.  Last year, "Cupid and Eros" was one of the inaugural nominees in the "Best Supplemental Content" category so I was lucky to have been able to attend as a nominee.  Sadly, this year no Highway 9 projects got nominations, but Jo and I will still be there to support our friends and fellow IAWTV members who are being honored.

And of course, the grandfather event of the month is CES, the Consumer Electronics Show.  CES, which runs from the 8th until the 11th, has been held in some form or another since 1967.  It's the largest trade show of it's kind in the world and one devoted to a lot of the technology that will help fuel the growth of content created specifically for new media.

Whether this trio of new media events continues to be held concurrently in future years remains to be seen.  But at least for now, I'm happy to be able to get a lot of bang for the buck in only one trip.

-avi

CUPID AND EROS NOMINATED FOR 5 INDIE INTERTUBE AWARDS

On February 24th,  Indie Intertube, a podcast and webcast devoted to covering Web Series, New Media, and the places they intersect with traditional entertianment, announced the nominees in their 2nd annual Indie Intertube Awards.

I'm honored that "Cupid and Eros" was nominated in five categories.

  • Best Actor, Comedy - Josh Heine (Cupid)
  • Best Acress, Comedy - Jo Bozarth (Eros)
  • Best Additional Content
  • Smexiest (Smart +Sexy = Smexy) Actress - Jo Bozarth

And perhaps most exciting of all

  • Best Dramedy

The Dramedy category is new this year and I'm thankful for it.  I definately consider C&E a comedy overall, but "comedy" in web series often means much broader humor than the show aims for. 

It's nice that the ladies of Indie Intertube chose to create a category for shows like ours and fellow nominees "Downsized" "Fumbling Through The Pieces" "Vampire Mob" "Leap Year" "Awakward Embraces" and "In The Rough" that straddle that line between humor and drama.

I'm also proud to say that C&E Editor, and my co-creator on "The Silver Lake Badminton and Adventurers Club," Matthew Smith is nominated for "Best Editing" for his work on "The Guild"  And Taryn O'Neill, who appears in episodes 7-9 of C&E, is nominated alongside Jo Bozarth in the "Smexiest Actress" category for her work in "Once Upon".

The awards will be streamed live, Sunday March 11th at 4 PM PST on MingleMediaTV

*An additional bit of fun in all of this is that Indie Intertube asked us to be one of the presenters when nominees were anounced last month.  Cupid and Eros took time from their work schedule to announce the nominees in 7 categories.  You can watch the announcement video (which also features creators from other great Web Series) here.

CUPID & EROS NEWS RECAP

The end of 2011 and the start of 2012 have been a bit of a worldwind, and as such, I've been very behind on posting some of the cool news related to "The Further Adventures of Cupid and Eros".  Here then, is a recap of some of the highlights of the last several months.

  • "Cupid and Eros" was nominated for "Best Supplemental Content" at the first ever IAWTV Awards.  It was a real honor to be part the Internation Academy of Web Television's inaugral kudos. One of the best parts was that we were nominated alonside our friends from "Vampire Zombie Werewolf", in part on the strength of the episode of "An Evening With Eros" in which their characters Tad and Bunny guest-starred.  It was a great example of the type of cross-promotion that I'm a big proponent of paying off.
  • Bradford Anderson was nominated for "Best Guest Appearance in a Comedy" at the 3rd annual Indie Soap Awards for his portrayl of the wounded warrior Achilles in episodes 7-9 of "Cupid and Eros"
  • "Cupid and Eros" was picked as one of the best comedic web series of 2011 by web series review show "Those Video Guys"
  • And last but not least, we released THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID AND EROS: THE COMPLETE 1st SEASON DVDThe season 1 DVD includes all 9 episodes from season 1, plus tons of extra content, including all our IAWTV nominated supplemental content and exclusive commentary tracks.  The DVD, along with other C&E merch, can be purchesed here.

So all in all, not a bad way to end last year and kick off this one.