Starz has announced its first unscripted series, and independent filmmakers may want to tune in. “The Chair” will follow two independent filmmakers as they try bring their directorial debuts to the screen, with the audience voting which will be awarded $250,000 for their project.
The two filmmakers are Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci. Dawson is best known for his YouTube comedy channels, which boast more than 10 million subscribers and almost 1 billion views. Martemucci, meanwhile, wrote and starred in the independent film “Breakup at a Wedding.”
Both directors will adapt “How Soon is Now,” a coming-of-age feature chronicling the first homecoming on a Thanksgiving weekend by a handful of college freshmen, written by Dan Schoffer and produced by Josh Shader. The filmmakers will have their say in rewrites, casting, hiring of crew, and the title of their respective films.
The series is created by “Good Will Hunting” and “Project Greenlight” executive producer Chris Moore. It will also feature Zachary Quinto and his producing partners Corey Moosa, Neal Dodson and Sean Akers, as well as the script’s original producer Josh Shader, as mentors for the aspiring filmmakers.
The 10-part series wrapped principal photography in Pittsburgh. It’s set to premiere in fall 2014.