The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off tomorrow, and with it comes the launch of Tribeca N.O.W., a new online work showcase. Within that programming is Alexandra Roxo and Natalia Leite’s “Be Here Nowish,” a webseries about two friends — one queer, one straight(ish) — would flee New York for Los Angeles, setting a collision course between the queer-alternative and new age milleus.
“We wanted to make something fun and with no pressure, self funded, self produced…it started as more of a tiny side project and quickly grew,” Roxo and Leite told us. “We did a Kickstarter campaign a year ago and it was a great success because the teaser we created got a lot of hits and we started getting press for the show. With the Kickstarter funds we were able to complete the season and it turned into something way bigger than we expected.”
The show is the story of two girls, Sam and Nina, who meet in New York very randomly at a party and decide to take a risk and go to LA together to do a plant medicine ceremony with a shaman and attempt to change their lives.
“In NY they are both going through tough times,” Roxo and Leite said. “Sam is dumped by her boyfriend and Nina loses her job and is living a pretty reckless life, hooking up with a different girl every night. They are both looking for change and they inspire that in each other. When they get to LA they try a bunch of new spiritual practices and also incorporate them into their love lives. They drink piss, vomit in a circle, do a couples colonic, a ritualistic threesome….you know, fun stuff.”
They said they genuinely wanted to create a show that was a reflection of the community they are a part of and that they feel is lacking in the media.
“We wanted to create a show that openly, and without judgement or taboo, shows the absurdity and depth of exploration of sexuality and spirituality, and how these things are changing for our generation,” they said.
Check out he first four episodes below… And check here as more episodes are released.