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‘Strangers’ Uses Comedy to Explore What It’s Like to Rent Out a Room on Airbnb

'Strangers' Uses Comedy to Explore What It's Like to Rent Out a Room on Airbnb

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Logline: “Strangers” is a dramatic comedy series about one young woman’s experience renting out the spare room in her house via Airbnb.

Elevator Pitch: “Strangers” is a dramatic comedy series about one young woman’s experience renting out the spare room in her house via Airbnb. In the throes of a messy and painful breakup, resulting from Isobel cheating on her long-term boyfriend with a woman, she can no longer afford rent and decides to become a host on Airbnb to generate extra income. With the help of her androgynous lesbian best friend, she navigates the most emotionally complicated time of her life, in terms of her sexual and professional identities, all the while dealing with a revolving door of new guests in her home.

Production Team:
Mia Lidofsky (Creator/Director/Writer): Mia is a 2015 American Film Institute Director Workshop for Women Fellow, and a maker of things at Beachside Films.

Zoe Chao (Writer/Lead Actress): Zoe most recently appeared in the current season of “The Comeback.”

Jesse Peretz (Executive Producer): Jesse is a director/producer of both HBO’s “Girls” and Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” Jesse also directed the feature “Our Idiot Brother,” and recently directed HBO’s pilot “Divorce.”

Riel Roch Decter (Producer): Riel is a Sundance Institute Creative Producing Fellow. His feature producing credits include Carson Mell’s latest feature “Another Evil,” as well as “The Wait” and “Bottled Up.”

Hillary Spera (Cinematographer): Narrative and documentary credits include “Black Rock,” “Wildlike,” “Maidentrip,” “After Tiller,” as well as recent SXSW premiere “Breaking a Monster.”

Beachside Films (Production Company): Beachside most recently premiered their film “Louder Than Bombs” at Cannes 2015. They also premiered their two features, “People, Places, Things” and “Tig” at Sundance 2015. They are going into production on several exciting films in the summer of 2015, and can’t wait to share these projects with the world.

About the Project: “Strangers” is loosely based on my own experience with Airbnb. After years assisting brilliant directors, I decided that I needed to venture out on my own and find my own voice in film. I put my NYC apartment on Airbnb and moved West. I wrote this series with my best friend, Zoe Chao, to explore what it means to be an artist and woman today. The series is about the intricacies of human connection, the messiness and chaos of modern life, love, and womanhood, and what happens when strangers come together and share the most intimate of places: their home.

Current Status: Currently fundraising. Shooting July 2015.

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