The Cream Rises to the Top: KoldCast TV Originals Sweep the 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards
By Maria Kern
Another year of The Oscars® has come and gone, and with it the usual razzle-dazzle celebrating Hollywood’s biggest names. What fans of filmed entertainment may not know, however, is that exactly one week ago, a more modest and arguably more interesting awards show was held at the Off-Broadway New World Stages Theater in New York City.
The men and women behind the best of Internet TV programming gathered for the fourth annual “Indie Soap Awards” to honor pioneers of new media; the filmmakers democratizing television by proving that even without the financial muscle of traditional networks and studios, quality content can and will be produced.
This year marked the first live-streamed ceremony, allowing on-the-go or at home viewers to participate in the awards show in real time. Celebrity presenters included Emmy winners Martha Byrne and Cynthia Watros, and in keeping with ISA tradition, the ceremony concluded with an invasion of bubbles as guests and winners celebrated together.
KoldCast TV, an Internet television network with a reputation for curating innovative and highly entertaining programming, boasted ten series with a total 39 nominations (one such series, The Bloody Mary Show, with 9 nominations, was not yet on KoldCast TV when our original story appeared).
On Tuesday evening, the ISA’s honored five of these shows with a whopping nine wins – more than any other ITV network – spanning categories from best acting to outstanding cinematography.
And the winners are…
The Bloody Mary Show (3 Wins)
The Bloody Mary Show picked up the most awards of any show at last week’s ISA’s. Winning for Best Web Series (Comedy), Best Ensemble (Comedy), and Best Makeup for Jamey-Leigh Weber and Julia Coleman, the series reinterprets the Bloody Mary horror legend with a decidedly British sensibility. Following Mary and her friends Abdabs, Viscera, and Malevolent, the show chronicles the stewards’ of evil attempts to do good. Weber and Coleman prove masters of makeup, transforming the actors into delightfully ghoulish monstrosities with cosmetics. Herzog the bartender’s under-eye circles, Mary’s tears of blood, and Viscera’s lengthy lashes all display the duo’s artistic talents.
You are watching Episode 1 of
The Bloody Mary Show
Winner of THREE Indie Soap Awards!
Mythos (2 Wins)
Mythos came home with two awards, both for superior acting in a drama series. Miriam Pultro won best actress for her portrayal of Morgan, a modern day Athena, and Adam Henry Garcia picked up the prize for best supporting actor in a drama. The show explores themes of ancient mythology in a contemporary context, following Morgan’s struggles to maintain a normal family life as she combats ancient forces of evil. Pultro leads the cast with ease in the central female role, taking on a complex character with a secret past, while Garcia shines as Morgan’s frustrated husband.
Thurston (2 Wins)
The KoldCast western period drama Thurston won the Best Cinematography award for Paul Awad, while costume designer Kathryn O’Sullivan claimed the ISA for her creative threadwork. Set in late 19th century Kansas, Thurston documents its characters’ quest for survival amidst the many perils of the new frontier. O’Sullivan’s beautifully designed costumes and Awad’s camerawork entrance the viewer, heightening the nostalgic feel of the show and emphasizing the novelty and wonder of the newly discovered west. Secrecy and mistrust plague the townspeople, and the sepia-tinted, barren landscape alludes to the uncertainty of the age.
Click to watch Episode 1 of Thurston
Winner of TWO Indie Soap Awards!
Miss Behave (1 Win)
KoldCast’s Miss Behave won last year for Best Use of Music, and returned this year to claim the award for Best Guest Appearance in a Drama. Winner Terri Garber’s career stretches back to the 1980’s, with roles in major network soaps such as Dynasty, Santa Barbara, and As the World Turns. More recently she has appeared on episodes of Law and Order and Cold Case. The irresistible teen drama Miss Behave dives into the world of sixteen-year-old Tori and her misadventures as a product of Hollywood heavyweight parents. Garber plays Tori’s mother, a fan of the hands-off school of parenting with a penchant for cursing.
Hitman 101 (1 Win)
The action-packed Hitman 101 investigates the underground world of assassin John Smith. The show has received numerous awards and this year took home the ISA for Best Visual/Special effects. Pranjal Verma’s work lays the ground for an atmosphere of suspense integral to a series that explores the murky ethics of a thankless job, all the while giving the viewer a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat experience. Dealing with the boss, dodging bullets, and fending off the opposition are all part of daily life for this professional hitman.
Click to watch Episode 1 of Hitman 101
Winner of TWO Indie Soap Awards!
With such an exceptional pool of winners this year, the fifth annual Indie Soap Awards have a tough act to follow. The Sixth Wall will keep ITV fans up to date with this year’s cream of the crop, which you’re sure to find on KoldCast TV.
Maria Kern is a contributing blogger at The Sixth Wall, Supercool Creative, and a student at Mills College in Oakland, CA. She is interested in creative marketing, film production, and the science of branding. Currently pursuing a degree in Legal Analysis, she finds creative inspiration in all things related to media and pop culture.