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Giving Thanks…Dando Gracias

There is no short-cutting to life. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now  is right on time.” ― Asha Tyson

Cast & Crew

Well, it’s finally here and we couldn’t be more nervous, excited, thrilled,  scared and anxious to deliver to you the first season of East WillyB.  It’s been an incredible journey and one that we are enjoying and  relishing each and every day.  Running a crowd-funding campaign is no  easy feat, and if you talk to anyone in the crowd-funding or fundraising industry, they’ll tell you that running one for $50,000 in 50 days is  madness. But, with the love and support of our fans, families and  friends, we did it.  We did it because you believed in the power of what we are creating and you saw yourself in our project. You’ve experienced this gentrification in your neighborhood, your best friend reminded you of Ceci, or you just really love anything that Flaco Navaja creates.  Whatever the reason was, you believed in us and we did it.

We are incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support and love that we have received from everyone because there were moments when we thought this wasn’t going to happen, and that we were going to fail. Launching a crowd funding campaign requires daily maintenance, tweeking, and optimism. It requires a calm mind and hopeful spirit that believes that anything is possible. It requires full support from our partners and loved ones in our moment of insanity. It is love.

Now, it’s here. And we couldn’t be more thankful to you for your support. This season is dedicated to you and to the American Latino who never gives up, finds possibilities everywhere and knows where they come from.  We are uniquely connected to each other by our heritage, regardless of where we come from or where we live. This show does take place in Everywhere, USA because we have shared experiences that you can relate to.

Our last request to you is that you please share our show and our story with all your friends, families, networks, co-workers, compadres, comadres, and beyond.  We are still on a journey and we hope you join us as we continue to spread the message of our show and our community.  Help us show the networks that these stories are going to be told with or without your support because they are worth telling. Independent Latino shows can be successful because we’ll make the successful through the help of our communities.

Muchisimas gracias, for all of your support. Enjoy the show.

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WATCH: New 2013 Season TEASER!

Welcome Back to Bushwick!

We know you’ve been waiting to see what we have in store for you, so here it is! Be the first to view our hot teaser for the new season of East WillyB.
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See you in Brooklyn.

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Behind The Scenes of East WillyB: My Life As An Intern

Hola! My name is Anthony and I am the East WillyB intern, writing today to tell you a little about my
job. As the intern, my responsibility is basically to do whatever I can to help co-creators and executive
producers Julia and Yamin lives easier. I am a student in television writing & producing and now have
seen first hand how crazy planning a tv show can be! There’s a thousand things to do to prep the show
for production and I try to do my small part to help get it done.

I started a few months ago helping out on the Kickstarter campaign. I helped Yamin shoot promotional
videos for the campaign, organized email lists and wrote some of the tweets and facebook posts
thanking all our wonderful supporters for helping us raise 50K in 50 Days. Helping out on social media
is actually my favorite part of the job because I get to talk to our audience and tell them all the exciting
stuff happening on the show! After the campaign ended I switched into office mode: helping organize
all the paperwork we need for our busy summer, doing research for the show, and making LOTS of
copies for our table read of the script. LOTS of copies- thousand of pages worth. But it was a cool trade
off because I got to read the stage directions and watch the cast read through the whole season, which
is awesome by the way. Except for my butchered Spanish the read through was great and it really
pumped me up for the final push before production.

East WillyB is a creative, fun, and extremely exciting place to work and I’m really grateful for the
opportunity to intern with this show. I hope that you’re excited as I am about the upcoming season!
Now I best get back to work on some more research and social media to keep you in the loop about our
show. Thanks for reading!

Anthony the Intern

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25 Days in, 25 Days Left= No Sleep

It’s no easy feat to run a Kickstarter campaign and it takes a great deal of courage, conviction, planning and love.

When the team sat down to discuss the type of campaign we would run, we knew we wanted to convey our story with passion and authenticity and show the challenges as well as our victories. I like to think that this is exactly what we have done so far.

We’ve spent a few anxious nights, waking up and checking our emails to see how many people have donated for the day. Some nights we can go back to sleep, other nights we continue to toss and turn with the thought of how far we have yet to go. But each morning we rise with a sense of purpose knowing that we can reach our goal.  We promote and respond to our fans and friends via our Facebook and Twitter accounts so that every backer knows how much we appreciate them and their support.  We can’t do this without the support from our networks and that is exactly why we decided to create our own Kickstarter campaign for $50,000.

We truly believe that our fans, family and friends can help fund this project because you believe in our vision to create a new powerful voice for the modern day young American Latino. We’ve seen our childhood neighborhoods gentrified and turned into boutiques and brasseries that cater to a different crowd.  No longer are our neighborhoods called the North Side or Sunnyside; instead our they  have names like LoHi, Highlands, SoCo, or BillyBurg.

There’s nothing wrong with change, but we are setting out to document the changes and the challenges that occur in these communities when our cultures clash. This is why we are hell bent on creating our first season of East WillyB.  It’s been a challenging 25 days and we have another 25 days to go. We’ve stayed up late at night with our writers, our producers have been busy creating new video updates, and our editing team has been busy finishing our episode in Spain. We’re working hard on our end to ensure that you stay updated on our campaign and feel involved in the entire process. This is as much your campaign as it is ours and we want you to feel a sense of ownership.

As we look to the next 25 days, we feel anxious, we feel nervous, slightly scared but excited. We took a giant leap knowing that our community will be there to help us reach our goal. If starting a Kickstarter campaign was easy then we’d all be doing it, but it’s scary and nerve wracking. Still, it’s worth it. It’s worth all the anxiety and the sleepless nights because we trust you.

Help make the next 25 days incredible by sharing our campaign with everyone you know. Email, tweet and post our video to all of your contacts and say:

“Support my favorite Latino webseries by helping them produce a full season via Kickstarter!”

Tell everyone you know about our journey, show them our videos, and share the love. We are challenging the roles for Latinos on mainstream media by taking on the industry and creating our own programming.  We only have 25 days left to make a difference and we want you to be a part of our journey and a part of our success story. 25 days, here we come!

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