Keep Me Posted
A biting look at the impact of texting and social media on our closest relationships, told through the lives of 3 female friends trying to grow up without growing apart. In the process, they grapple with everything from career crises, dating, and marriage, to self-doubt, anxiety, and depression.
About The Project
We spend an embarrassing amount of time analyzing the nuances of that text from our latest Tinder match, or the meaning behind that random “like” on our last Facebook post, but what about the particulars of the way we communicate with our closest friends?
Are we mistaking constant communication for true connection?
Keep Me Posted is a 3×20 comedic web series that raises those questions and more. It follows the lives of three childhood friends stumbling towards adulthood, three friends who are constantly in touch, but still find themselves growing apart. As their lives diverge in significant, challenging ways for the first time, they hide their respective struggles behind a constant flurry of chipper texts and insincere status updates to project the impression that everything is just awesome.
When I found myself at a low point – depressed, dissatisfied, and a bit lost – I did just that, using text messages as armor to protect myself from the concern of those who knew me best. I might not be able to hide my struggles over coffee or a meal, but if I stayed behind my smartphone, no one would know the difference. It wasn’t a conscious decision, but it had real consequences: strained friendships and missed opportunities for connection and support.
This series was inspired by that moment in my own life, as well as the fact that nearly everyone I know has their own story of a friendship damaged by texting or social media. Some stories are extreme, others superficial and silly, but all made me want to explore the way our modes of communication impact our closest relationships.
Throughout the series, the characters are dealing with things that we should all be talking more about: they face down impostor syndrome, grapple with expectations about romance and marriage, struggle with depression and anxiety, and negotiate the difference between their cultural and familial backgrounds and their own needs and desires. Our goal is to offer a realistic portrayal of these experiences and spark some much-needed conversations, without losing sight of the humor present in the absurdities of everyday life.
[Pitch Video: Andrew Hamling (Actor), Katie Falter (Director), Taylor Stanton (Director of Photography), Justine Neubarth (Production Assistant), Pedro Vivas Hernandez (Colorist)
Special Thanks: The Social Edge]
[Teaser Trailer: Kim Blanck (Becca), Maya Deshmukh (Kavita), Terra Mackintosh (Ali), Hillary Nussbaum (Writer/Creator), Pitch Her Productions (Executive Producers), Katie Falter (Associate Producer), Taylor Stanton (Director of Photography), Dan Berkowitz (Graphic Designer), Sara Waber (Editor), Pedro Vivas Hernandez (Colorist). Music: Museyroom – “Ballad”; Andrea DeJonge – “Rose Colored Glasses” Special Thanks: The Social Edge; Just Jamie Scarves; Rifle Paper Co.]
About This Team
Hillary Nussbaum (Writer/Creator) is a freelance writer and producer. Her personal essays have been published both online and in print, most recently in Eating Wellmagazine, and you can check out her earlier work on late night reruns of the Emmy-winning series, Cash Cab, for which she worked as a Writer and Researcher. She also served as Script Consultant and Associate Producer on Pitch Her Productions’ inaugural short film, Our Everlasting Universe of Things. Hillary is a co-leader of the South Brooklyn chapter of The Filmshop, an independent filmmaking collective. Before turning to writing full-time, Hillary worked as Manager of Development for Lion Television, a production company that creates unscripted series for national cable networks. She majored in History and Literature at Harvard University.
Chanel Waterhouse (Executive Producer) is a producer and an actress, with training from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. She can recently been seen as a Momster on ID Network’s Momsters: When Moms Go Bad. She has also been involved in short film projects with TFK Productions. She has performed at the Thespis Theatre Festival and in several staged reading series with 3V Theatre, and debuted in the short film, FRANKIE: Italian Roulette, at the Cannes Film Festival. As a co-founder of Pitch Her Productions, she is ecstatic to have Caitlin and Gloria by her side, and is thrilled for the opportunity to help get women’s voices heard.
Gloria Muñoz (Executive Producer) earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA from the University of South Florida. Her past experiences include teaching college-level creative writing and composition in the US, co-directing outreach programs with nonprofits serving low-income first generation college students and their families and teaching playwriting at an NGO in India. Gloria’s writing and translations have been honored by the Estelle J. Zbar Poetry Prize, the Bettye Newman Poetry Award, the New York Summer Writer’s Institute Fellowship, the Doris Duke Foundation, and the Think Small to Think Big Artist Grant. Her writing has appeared most recently in Dark Phrases, Acentos Review, The Brooklyn Review, SweetLit, The Best New Poets Anthology and Going Om: Real-Life Stories on and off the Yoga Mat. Gloria is also a founding member of Arts for a Cause, an artist collective that works on transdisciplinary social art projects.
Caitlin Morris (Executive Producer) is a current cast member of the raucous Off-Broadway show Drunk Shakespeare. In the city, she has also been seen in New Saloon’s Three Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time (Invisible Dog Arts Center), the United Solo Festival (in a sold-out run of Gina Femia’s Happily Never Ever), the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova ANT Fest, Dixon Place and Rattlestick’s F*!cking Good Plays Festival. Regional: Williamstown Theatre Festival (workshop of Love’s Labours Lost with Alex Timbers, Valley of Fear directed by Lila Neugebauer), Contemporary American Theatre Company, Arrow Rock Lyceum, and Parrish Art Museum (Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos). BFA: Otterbein University. Short Films: 3mm Films’ Borrowed Time and Musical Chairs. Caitlin is also the co-creator/producer/star of the new webseries, Sublets (www.watchsublets.com) She is one of the three founding members of Pitch Her Productions, a non-profit film production company promoting women in the industry.
Katie Falter (Associate Producer) hails from the Buckeye State. She is a theatre Director with experience in Stage Management, Marketing and Producing. Katie is thrilled to be involved with the KMP Team and working with the PHP ladies again. Select credits: FILM – Our Everlasting Universe of Things. Broadway – ALLEGIANCE. National Tour – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. NYC – The Starter (FringeFAVE award),RETREAT/Electra, Animals Out of Paper, BOHEMIAN LIGHTS, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Mother Jones and the Children’s Crusade. She is also the Associate Producer of Two Headed Monster. Proud alum of Otterbein University.
Taylor Stanton (Director of Photography) Taylor Stanton is a cinematographer and filmmaker based in New York City. Originally from metro-Detroit, he has worked throughout the US, China, and Korea. His work has appeared on Vh1.com, The Huffington Post, CBSnews.com, The Village Voice, Adweek, NASA.com, OUT Magazine, Jezebel, Glamour, People, and AOL Music News. He is a proud member of the South Brooklyn Chapter of The Filmshop collective.
Dan Berkowitz (Graphic & Web Designer) is a digital and print designer with a focus on user experience. He previously interned at Discovery Communications, and currently does freelance design work for publications and corporate clients at www.discoverdan.com. Dan is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Kim Blanck (Becca) is thrilled to be a part of Keep Me Posted with the Pitch Her power women. Other film work includes Women Who Kill (Tribeca Film Festival 2016) and two recent shorts, A Consultation and Betty Chang Can’t Use Chopsticks. Upcoming: a web series about modern day, twentysomething witches. MFA, UC San Diego.
Maya Deshmukh (Kavita) is an actor and improvisor in NYC. Hailing from the great state of New Jersey, she is very happy to no longer be bridge and tunnel. Maya trained at the UCB and Magnet theaters, studying improv and musical improv with Bobby Moynihan, Sylvia Ozols, Porter Mason, Becky Drysdale, and Christian Capozzoli, among others. She can also be seen performing musical improv with Happy Karaoke Fun Time! at the Annoyance Theater, as well as her all-Asian girl pop group AZN Pop. Maya has also performed on Magnet house teams Atticus and Snake Eyes. When she is not doing improv, working, or catching up on Real Housewives (of all cities), she is probably getting yelled at.
Terra Mackintosh (Ali) Her credits include – Off-Broadway: Running Interference (Fringe Excellence in Ensemble Award), No One Asked Me (Fringe Excellence in Ensemble Award, Encore Series Selection), Somewhere Safer, The New Hopeville Comics. Regional: The Bedroom Window (world premier), Beautiful Star and Blackbeard (Triad Stage). Television: ‘Smash’ and ‘The Ordained’ (CBS pilot). Film: ‘A Good Marriage’ by Stephen King, ‘Back Home,’ ‘Reasonable Suspicion’ and ‘In Defense of Wonder.’