Vimeo said at SXSW tonight that it has slated a quartet of programs for its second slate of originals: a comedy series, a feature documentary on pinball, a Garfunkel & Oates special and its first live concert. The company also announced a March 30 release date for Season 2 of its first original series, The Outs, and unveiled a trailer (watch it above).
Among Vimeo’s second batch of originals is Lonely and Horny, a looking-for-love comedy written by and starring Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld. It will bow April 8. Also on the slate is a May bow of Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to be Special, a comedy special starring Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci in the roles they’ve inhabited for a TV series, concert tours and albums. Debuting in the spring is Wizard Mode, a docu about a hidden pinball level that an autistic player tries to master. Coming in June is Vimeo’s first foray into concert films: Toro y Moi: Live in Concert featuring acclaimed chillwave act Chaz Bundick aka Toro y Moi.
Here are details on the new programs, provided by Vimeo:
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Lonely and Horny (April 8th, 2016): Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld write and star in their first series since CollegeHumor’s Jake and Amir. Blumenfeld plays Ruby Jade, a neurotic, selfish, understandably single 30-something who wants to have sex more than anything else in the world – and it shows. Hurwitz plays Josh Rice, an empathetic dating teacher, who half heartedly dispenses advice to a gaggle of desperate students. The show follows Ruby on his quest to find love with literally anybody, including Milana Vayntrub, Ariana Madix, George Basil, and more. Lonely and Horny is produced by Jillian Jesk and Alexander Koehne of Brevity Wit Productions and is directed by Jake Hurwitz. Featuring a soundtrack exclusively by Lucius.
Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to be Special (May 2016): Garfunkel and Oates (Riki Lindhome & Kate Micucci) have had a TV series, a web series, four albums, multiple concert tours, music videos and more… But they’ve never had a comedy special. So, Riki and Kate decide to host a live fundraiser in Seattle- complete with songs, stories, and surprises- all in the hopes of raising enough money to make their own comedy special. Garfunkel and Oates: Trying to be Special is produced by Divide / Conquer, written by Lindhome and Micucci, and is directed by Lindhome and Jeremy Konne.
Wizard Mode (Spring 2016) In the game of pinball, there is no greater reward than Wizard Mode – a hidden level that is only unlocked when a player completes a series of lightning-speed challenges. Robert Emilio Gagno has dedicated most of his life to mastering Wizard Mode, and is now one of the top pinball players in the world. He also happens to have autism. As a young boy, his parents realized they could give him a quarter and he would play on a pinball machine for hours. Refusing to believe their son was locked into a limited future, his parents supported him as he practiced non-stop, developing an exceptional talent for the game. But now, Robert’s real challenge lies outside the game on his journey to shed his youth and gain independence.
Wizard Mode, Vimeo’s first Original Documentary and first feature-length film, is a candid personal perspective on autism through the life of one of the world’s greatest pinball players. The film follows Robert as he seeks to balance his quest to become a world pinball champion and his growing real world responsibilities, culminating at the largest pinball tournament in the world – Pinburgh, in Pittsburgh, PA. Wizard Mode is directed by ten-time Vimeo Staff Picked creators Nathan Drillot and Jeff Lee Petry of Salazar, and is a Salazar Film production.
Toro y Moi: Live in Concert (June 2016); Vimeo’s first Original concert film comes from the internationally celebrated recording artist Chaz Bundick, better known as Toro y Moi. In 2010, Toro y Moi was an integral part of the chillwave movement, releasing four critically acclaimed albums and continuing to evolve his sound, performance and art. Toro y Moi: Live in Concert will be shot as a full concert production, in an isolated, desert location with no audience. Toro y Moi: Live in Concert is directed by six-time Vimeo Staff Picked creator Harry Israelson.
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