Border’d, a new Chicago-based web series, announced today their partnership with media company Creative Cypher to produce the first season of the show.
Border’d focuses on the lives of a trio of Latinx siblings who are called to their hometown after a family tragedy and are forced to confront their ignored culture, hidden secrets, and past failures. The show was created by filmmakers Adrian Nuño, Andrew Nuño, and Lauryn Lugo. The show recently raised $12,000 to film their first season via crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark.
“We want to make a series that encapsulates what we all sometimes feel in regards to family: ‘I love you but I don’t always like you,’” says co-creator Lauryn Lugo. “I can’t wait to reveal the many layers of characters who are learning to accept themselves so they can accept those that they love.”
ADRIAN NUÑO / ANDREW NUÑO / LAURYN LUGO
The show’s partnership with Creative Cypher, who most recently helped produce the Austin Film Festival-winning web series Brothers From The Suburbs, will help them secure production resources.
“The Cypher is excited to work with this amazing team and we look forward to an awesome series,” says Creative Cypher founder Troy Pryor. “We are dedicated to empowering diverse artists and cultivating positive energy amongst our fellow Chicago creators.”
“This show is incredibly personal for all of us as we explore imperative themes within the Latinx community,” adds co-creator Adrian Nuño. “Whether it’s sexuality, immigration, or the difficulties associated with satisfying two cultures simultaneously, we want to tackle it all.”
Border’d premiered its pilot episode at the Chicago Cultural Center on April 17th, 2019 through a partnership with Chicago-based intersectional web platform Open TV.
Following the premiere, Adrian and Andrew Nuño continued exhibiting the pilot with a showing at Stareable Fest 2019 in New York City, where it was nominated for Best Long-Form Drama and by taking it to the 2019 NALIP Media Summit in Los Angeles.
For Andrew, creating a full season isn’t just about respecting diversity but also showing the full force of Chicago’s creative community.
“Even before moving to Chicago, we’ve seen the immense power this city has when it comes to creating outstanding content whether it’s films, TV shows, or web series,” he explains. “Creating a full season of this show will not only let us continue to raise up the voice of the Latinx community but will also allow us the opportunity to do our part in showing the world what Chicago creatives are made of.”
Catch the pilot episode of Border’d for free on OTV.
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