THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID & EROS

a web series about two love gods trying to set the world, and their own lives, right

IAWTV Awards, The Picks: "BEST SUPPLEMENTAL CONTENT"

The voting period for the 1st annualInternational Academy of Web Television awards is in full swing! Members of the IAWTV are currently combing through a ton of submissions in over 30 categories, all with an eye towards nominating the best of the best in original scripted and non-scripted web series. A while back we asked you guys, the C&E fans to help us decide what episodes best represented the categories we were planning on submitting to. Now, with the submissions in, we thought it might be a neat idea to share some thoughts on why we chose each the specific episodes we did and how they lined up with what you all thought.

Today we start with "Best Supplemental Content"  Find out what our pick was, why Andy and Avi each thought it was the right one, and how it lined up with yours, after the jump.

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The C&E Interview: Kiera Anderson (Jo/Josephine)

Today we're screening the Short Film Version of THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CUPID AND EROS at the 2011 Valley Film Festival.  Andy and I have already shared stories about how C&E morphed from its original short film concept into the web series we all know and love, but we also thought it'd be a fun excuse to catch up with some of the people behind the show and our fellow festival-mates.

First up, the lovely and talented Kiera Anderson who plays Cupid's object of desire in our first story arc.

One of the great things about being an independent creator is that I get to cast and write for the ridiculously talented people I'm fortunate enough to call friends.  In a lot of cases I write with a specific actor in mind, but the role of Josephine was the rare exception where I really wasn't sure who I was going to ask.  It was actually our very own Eros, Jo Bozarth, who suggested our good friend Kiera. As soon as she did I knew the role had been written for her all along.  I was just lucky she said yes.

Kiera took time out from her most important role, mother to an awesome little lady name Juna Meredith Anderson to answer some questions via email. 

See what she's been up to and what her experience on C&E was like after the jump.

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The C&E Interview: Ashley Cozine, Producer/Actor "Dessert and Suicide"

When C&E screens at the Valley Film Fest today it will be my second time screening at the festival.  We're part of a program of VFF alumns and I was thrilled when I found out that included Ashley Cozine and her film DESSERT AND SUICIDE.

Ashley is an actress, filmmaker, and all around creative type currently based out of the Seattle area.  Her work has been featured at festivals from L.A. to Traverse City and most recently her short BY THE NUMBERS and a feature in which she starred, A PERFECT LIFE werre given international distribution.

Ashley and I met in NYC (she's a graduate of The Tisch Undergrad Acting Program) through our mutual connection to an organization we were both involved in called the Tisch Talent Guild.  While we've never technically worked together she's a creator whose input and opinon I really respect and value. 

In fact, C&E owes a lot to her.  We did our first reading of the short film script at a reading group that Ashley and her housemates put on in Burbank, and it was Ashley who tipped me off to the NYU Web Series Showcase that would end up serving as our launchpad.  So it seemed only fitting to highlight her here as we get psyched up for our screening this evening. 

Read our interview after the jump

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The Journey Begins From the Other Side

In his blog “Of Short Films and Series,” Avi gave an excellent picture of how an idea that came to light in 2001 eventually grew into the Cupid and Eros web series. This is what excites me so much about the creative process and how one should never give up on an idea that has been in the back of their minds. It also highlights that you need to surround yourself with people that also have a passion for creating and that share in your vision. Of course the picture may change slightly, as Avi noted that Eros was originally a guy and through our discussions (I don’t recall if I was the one to recommend this change but thanks Avi for the shout out), making Eros female took the idea to the next level and allowed the characters to expand in scope, emotions and conflicts.

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Of Short Films and Web Series

So you may have noticed us talking excitedly about the fact that the “Short film version” of C&E is going to be playing at the 2011 Valley Film Festival on 11.11.11. And you may have said to yourself “Huh? C&E is a web series... what's this short film they're talking about?!?!”

Well dear readers, the truth is there's a (somewhat) secret history to our little show and how it came about. Get the full scoop after the jump and read a never before published seen that didn't make it to screen!

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