Van Hansis launches Kickstarter campaign to fund remaining episodes of web series “Ms. Guidance”
Heard from actor Van Hansis the other day who I last saw back in January on the set of the film Kiss Me, Kill Me.
Van, a three-time Emmy nominee for his memorable performance as Luke Snyder on As the World Turns, wanted to let me know about his latest project: a new web series called Ms. Guidance.
I’m a big fan of Van’s from his soap days and have really enjoyed him more recently in the terrific web series Eastsiders which got made with the help of Kickstarter.
Van has launched a Kickstarter campaign this week to help fund Ms. Guidance as well.
Ms. Guidance is a dark comedy that follows Jenny Bump, a struggling actress who, after a public nervous breakdown on the New York stage returns to Loch Hill, the performing arts boarding school she attended in her youth to act as a guidance counselor.
But listening to the dreams and ambitions of her students only stokes the dying embers of her own, and soon Jenny is back to her old tricks, scheming for fame, and ruining lives (her own included) in the process.
The first three episodes of a planned six episode season have been completed and the goal is to raise $35,000 to complete the next three.
Van created the show with James Ryan Caldwell and is co-directing and producing with Melodie Sisk who has produced such films as Summer of Blood, and Female Pervert.
“As any series about the stage there certainly are many gay themes in Ms. Guidance and our characters run the gamut of the Kinsey scale,’ Sisk says of a show created, written, directed, and produced by an entirely gay team.
Tonally, Van describes the show as “Strangers With Candy meets Anton Chekhov.”
He points out that although the series is an entertaining “fast and dirty comedy,” underneath the humor is “that layer of life that a lot of artists- actually, a lot of anyone- feels all too deeply. It’s a feeling you carry along with you, but try to ignore- the feeling that what you have become is less then you were meant to be.”
Having privately funded the first three episodes, Ms. Guidance shot almost entirely on location at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Hansis’ alma matter, in Natick, Massachusetts last summer.
In addition to Hansis, the cast includes Amber Gray, Tony winner Adriane Lenox, Ian Unterman, Tyler Hanes, Marco Zunino, and introduces Elliotte Crowell as Jenny Bump.