Who said, “Curiosity Killed the Cat?” Felicia Ryan & Andrea Bennett are Besties who try anything once; holding secrets you’d never believe! Bad dates & a childhood pact allow them to explore their closets starting with Andrea. After all, we’re all Curious about something…
About The Project
Curious? blends the demographics of Broad City with the ratings of Orange is the New Black and culture of Living Single. Having successfully completed 4 Episodes in only 4 days of shooting by private funding, we are opening our campaign to the Public!! Please help our Team secure a $7,000 Budget in order to complete 8 more episodes, adding to a full 12 Episode Season!
Seeking to emotionally purge after her Mom’s recent death and a bad breakup, Felicia Ryan uproots her life from an Afro Centric DC to live with her BFF Andrea Bennett in the Sunny City of Los Angeles. While Felicia is familiarizing herself with the city through successful one-night stands and hangovers, her best friend Andrea is failing in every attempt of her romantic life. Andrea’s Father, the local Pastor has high hopes that his daughter will find a God-Fearing Man. When Andrea drags Felicia to a Single’s Mingle, Andrea happens to meet potential candidates of the same sex; the girls enter an old-school pact.
WHY THIS STORY:
Our generation of Millennials have witnessed a great deal of scrutiny for our eccentric approach to life. Curious? will definitely add to the scrutiny! As Felicia and Andrea mature in their most curious endeavors, they find themselves tapping into unknown yet exciting areas. As our generation uses Uber, being called hipsters, having our technology on fleek; we are still figuring out life! Our entertainment should reflect the kind of lifestyle we live. None of us had life figured out at 25!! We are a growing generation of Indie Artists, Same- Sex Couples, Militant Rebels, Spiritual Yogi’s, Hard Working and Side-Hustling Young Adults who are happily Curious!
Success of the recent Supreme Court Ruling favoring Same-Sex Marriage have many of my friends leaving their closets wide open. I applaud and support them, remembering some of our wild stories and hidden secrets. In honoring some on the journey, Season 1 of Curious shows how far friends are willing to travel together in order to figure out Life. Within our Community, I rarely see stories that reflect our diverse lives as young African Americans nor positively show Hetero & Homo Sexual storytelling reflecting both female and male perspectives. This Comedic Pilot focuses on the acceptance of sexual identity, spiritual cleansing and the complex relationships of the Millennial Generation as they explore the Curiosities that lie in the shades of gray.
About This Team
Created by, Written by & Starring NARLYIA STERLING of Narly Starr Productions as FELICIA RYAN
Narlyia Sterling currently performs in, develops and produces new content online and currently hosts over 177K views on her NarlyStarr Youtube Channel. Hailing from Capitol Heights, MD, Narlyia has earned her BFA in Acting from Howard University under the tutelage of Albert Freeman Jr. and currently receiving mentoring from Women In Film. Narlyia’s first Short Film “Pro” is currently in the Festival Circuit! She is not afraid to jump in front or behind the lens to get results as she has been spotted booming sound, Casting Series’ Leads & Features, Set Decorating and even applying Special FX Make-up. Narlyia’s passion has lead her to the Stage, Screen, Commercials and Behind the Scenes accompanying Chris Stokes, B.E.T, BuzzFeed, The Smithsonian, Partners with Summertime Entertainment and a Host for Issa Rae’s Color Creative.
Assc. Producer & Co-Star NATALIE BYRDSONG of Byrdsong Entertaiment as ANDREA BENNETT
A Native of Hampton Virginia, Natalie Byrdsong was once expected to go into the WNBA but her plans were derailed after performing a Monologue at Church during Black History Month. She immediately caught the bug. Not only is she prominent in Acting but she is also self taught in Editing Software Programs, Writing, Directing, Producing and known to pick up a camera when necessary. Honing her gifts in Church led to producing and writing Commercials then to writing 3 Short Films; one recently premiering at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. She was a sponsor of A.B.F.F in 2014 & in 2015 she created a mini Film Festival, ‘The Premiere,’ in Newport News, VA at the Downing Gross Center. She has received great mentoring from Chrystee Pharris, Wendy Mckenzie & Robi Reed. Thought she classifies herself as an Artistically Innovative Visionary, greatness is what she is on the Brink of!
Written by Tai French
Tai French, although still quite young, is an experienced and seasoned talent that has been in the entertainment business for over a decade. With a B.A. in English/Education, writing is just one of the myriad talents French possesses. In 2005, French wrote, directed, and edited a feature film entitled BEAST, which was accepted in to the Pan African Film Festival in 2006. French was asked to create an educational interactive version of the film that is still currently a part of the curriculum at both Santa Monica College and Southwestern College. Tai French had written, produced and mounted over 9 stage plays and 1 webseries “I Hate My Co-Worker” which won at the 2013 LA WebFest!
Director & DP – David Ricks III
David Ricks III has worked extensively in the music video and film business for years, his belt notched with over 60 music video productions for major labels like Interscope and Atlantic Records, reality TV series, commercials, and short films. His productions have won festival awards and his music video portfolio alone has over 65 million views online. He is Co-Producer with South 9 Entertainment whom recently produced “Escorts” the Series.
Sound by Cresent Hayenes of E.V.E Productions
After attending Howard University for Sound Design, she received her first theatre review from ‘DC Metro Theater Arts’ for her work as Sound Designer on “Not About Nightingales.” As a freelance Sound Designer and Live Audio Engineer, she worked with several venues including The Howard Theatre, 9:30 Club,THE ARC and Cramton Auditorium. Cresent has mixed for various artists such as, Strunz & Farah, Rickie Lee Jones, Savion Glover, Erykah Badu and Elle Varner. Since moving to Los Angeles, Cresent has indulged Sound for Film/TV; on-location recording/mixing, post-audio editing and Foley art. Cresent has mastered audio recording for 3 web series, ‘Zombies’,‘The Runners’ and ‘Curious.’
Editing by WIGYMBERT DIJIEUSTE and as SPEED DATER (EPISODE 3)
This Haitian American Creative by way of New Jersey received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, yet self-taught in Music Production, Video Production, Photography, Graphic Design, Editing, Motion Graphics and Sound Design. Wigymbert’s creative edge has been honored in reputable magazines and used as Web Content for other amazing projects. He has worked with Music Producers such as LaShawn Daniels and Harmony Samuels as well as Acting Coach Dustin Felder and Actress Erika Alexander.
MARKETING BY – DOT MCDONALD and as DAWN CHASE (EPISODES 2-7)
After graduating Howard University in 2012, Dot accepted a performing apprentice position at the Tony Award Winning, Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN. She ia a familiar face with BuzzFeed and also the Body Double to Mindy Kaling on the FOX television show, “The Mindy Project.” In 2014, Dot co-created the web series, “One Night Stay,” which she co-writes, co-produces and co-stars. She has also has the pleasure to intern for Issa Rae who later brought her on as an Associate Producer of the natural hair reality show, “Head Cases.”
DANNY DELLOYD as PASTOR SYLVESTER BENNETT (EPISODES 1 – 12)
KAREN LENORE DAWSON as FIRST LADY TRACY BENNETT (Episodes 1-12)
MICHAEL PERKINS as LEO EVANS (EPISODES 3 – 12)
Michael Perkins hails from Chicago, Illinois where he started acting at the age of 14, after earning his first feature film role as “Kofi Evans” in the movie Hardball starring Keanu Reeves. Shortly after, Michael went on to complete his B.S and M.B.A in Business Management from Alabama A&M University. Though acting is something that comes naturally to Michael, he loves to have everyone’s undivided attention and is developing himself as a Comedian, having performed at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood and Flappers Comedy Lounge in Burbank.
DENNISHA PRATT as CARMEN GREEN (EPISODES 3 – 12)
Dennisha Pratt empowers children and encourages others to let their light shine. Former Sprout host. Actor/Naturilista/Hustle!
ALEXX RAY as COCKTAIL WAITRESS (EPISODES 3-9)
While obtaining her Bachelors Degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Miss Ray became the International spokes-model for Dudley’s Beauty Co during the 2008 – 2010 printed campaign. Now residing in Los Angeles, Alexx Ray can be seen in “Black Coffee”, playing opposite of heartthrob Christian Keyes. She also stars in an episodic web series called ESCORTS, in which she plays the savvy businesswoman, Jaz.
JAMAL DOUGLAS as ORION – (EPISODES 5 – 12)
While attending Arcadia University, Jamal studied abroad in South Africa at the University of Cape Town, focusing on theatre in education. Most recently he graduated from The Old Globe/University of San Diego’s prestigious Graduate Acting program. While at The Old Globe, he worked with great American directors, such as Barry Edelstein, Mark Lamos, Richard Seer, Rebecca Taichman, and Scott Ellis. Performing alongside Blair Underwood, Richard Thomas, Rutina Wesley, and Glenn Howerton.
KEVIN PALAFOX as BLIND DATE – (EPISODE 1)
After deciding to go full force and commit to the actor’s career path he has been able to land parts in both film & television. Kevin has also supplied the brain power behind several amazing projects. One of which includes Sole Addiction; play that touches on the sneaker culture and social justice issues taking place in the United States of America. With his creativity, writing skills and the help of a hard working crew, Kevin was able to sell out three nights of the play’s showing at The ACME Theater.
…FEATURING THE TALENTS OF…
NIKITA ADAMS SARDIA ROBINSON
DAVID KENNETH SOMMERVILLE
and JALYSA HARRIS