The Benefits of Gusbandry
One woman, one man, a lot of weed, a little crying and no sexual attraction whatsoever. Love is so gay. HELP FUND the making of the next 3 episodes of critically acclaimed web series The Benefits of Gusbandry! Season 2 is here and poised to be more outrageous than EVER!!
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About The Project
Help fund 3 NEW Episodes of
GUSBANDRY IN A NUTSHELL:
At her debaucherous 40th birthday party, serial relationship-killer Jackie meets handsome and charming thirty-something River—the perfect guy, who happens to be gay. Their ensuing adventures in self-medication, late-blooming, and questionable judgment lead them to discover a raucous new breed of primary relationship.
THE BENEFITS OF GUSBANDRY:
A show that celebrates a new kind of “significant otherness.”
The Benefits of Gusbandry is a relationship comedy about an incredibly common non-traditional relationship. Gusbandry Season One went to places that most other shows wouldn’t dream of:
- A glory hole at Fantasy Video.
- Jackie’s “kid in a candy store”-like trip to a weed dispensary.
- A 40th birthday party featuring a friendly lube-wrestling match.
We have even more fun planned for Season Two of Gusbandry.
A trilogy of new episodes find Jackie and River’s relationship deepening quickly:
- In “CL*T BLOCKERS”, River tries to reconcile with Jackie; they unintentionally block each others sex lives.
- Jackie stumbles upon the legend of “ANGRY ORGASMS”, after a bout of extreme sexual history oversharing.
- In “STD DAY”, Jackie & River make a visit to Planned Parenthood after a night of competitive jigsaw puzzling goes awry.
Just over a year ago we launched Season One of The Benefits of Gusbandry.
We wrote and produced a FULL SEASON of the show starring the talented Brooke Totman and Kurt Conroyd -- premiering six episodes over as many months and garnering much love and support from our wonderful fans.
You guys truly blew us away with your passion for the show. So many of you related to the story of Jackie & River, and even more of you expressed how real their story felt, and how much you laughed along the way.
It was wonderful, wicked fun to tell the story of romantically hurdled 40 year old Jackie Rosenblum’s blossoming relationship with her magnetic Gusband River Manning and watch them charm the pants off audiences far and wide.
We got some great press for Season One:
- "The story of their friendship is just as awkward as it is endearing, like a more honest Will & Grace.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY MUST LIST
- "The Benefits of Gusbandry works the straight-gay friendship thing deliciously, thanks to sharp writing and spirited performances...The season finale is a delirious 16 minute masterpiece of pretension puncturing." – THE NY TIMES
- “The Benefits of Gusbandry may be Portland's closest equivalent to Broad City or Kimmy Schmidt.” – VOTED BEST LOCAL WEB SERIES WILLAMETTE WEEK READERS POLL 2016
- "With a mordant wit and natural, lived-in performances, (The Benefits of Gusbandry) combines the easy-going charm of shows like Master of None with the dark humor and outsized personality of You're The Worst...A smart, funny voice..." – THE AV CLUB
To our Gusbands with love:
Inspired by creator Alicia J. Rose’s realer than real-life relationships with her own “Gay Husbands” (a.k.a: gay best friends/life partners), and co-written by comedic powerhouse Courtenay Hameister - we hope that The Benefits of Gusbandry can represent more than just a show, but a deep love relationship between a man and a woman without the heteronormative romantic strings attached.
At its heart Gusbandry is about PRIDE, ALLIANCE, SUPPORT & LOVE between people of all orientations and races.
We make this show to be a small tool of change. Our mission is to employ laughter to embody messages of freedom and acceptance, and we intend to push things even further with this next bout of episodes. Writers Alicia J. Rose & Courtenay Hameister have an original comedic purview that will pull no punches. Get ready!
WHERE DO YOUR DOLLARS GO?
We are asking you to contribute to our budget to support making the next 3 episodes of the show. This will include production, marketing and PR and even though we run a modest ship, we keep our production value high. The film community in Portland, Oregon is nimble and genuinely talented and we are lucky to work with such fine folks. THESE are the people you are supporting by contributing to our campaign.
Our production honors the SAG-AFTRA New Media Agreement.
After a full year of making and promoting Gusbandry, we know that our people are here. In this divisive time we need to stand together and support each other through the darkness. Our voices as artists are more crucial than ever, and we are humbled by the opportunity you have given us to use ours.
Alicia/ Team Gusbandry
About This Team
Alicia J. Rose - Creator/Showrunner:
Known for imbuing riveting story structures and a compelling visual aesthetic into her body of work, Alicia has created popular music videos for national artists like First Aid Kit, Cake, Blitzen Trapper and Bob Mould as well as playing a key role in branding NW bands like The Decemberists, Menomena and Laura Gibson. Rose has directed many short-form commercial/corporate videos, over 24 music videos and toured festivals with her first narrative short “The Gift of Gravity” in 2014. She is an award-winning still photographer who spent 20 years in the music business doing marketing and sales before turning her eye to filmmaking in 2008. The Benefits of Gusbandry is her first foray into digital episodic storytelling and has received wide acclaim from press outlets like The New York Times, A/V Club, PASTE - even landing on the "Must List" of Entertainment Weekly.
Courtenay Hameister - Co-Writer:
Courtenay is a columnist, playwright, filmmaker and former head writer and co-producer of Live Wire, a radio variety show out of Portland, Oregon that airs on over 60 public radio stations around the country. She wrote and directed the award-winning short Stella's Flight, and was co-writer on six prize-winning shorts with the film collective Cinema Syndicate. She also co-wrote the highly successful stage parodies Roadhouse: The Play! and Lost Boys: Live with Shelley McLendon. Her writing can also be found on McSweeney's and in Portland Monthly and Oregon Humanities Magazine. Her first novel "OK, Fine, Whatever" is due from LIttle Brown in 2017.
Brooke Totman, Lead Actress - Jackie:
Brooke Totman has a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Oregon. After college, she moved to Los Angeles where she studied improv and sketch comedy with The Groundlings, eventually becoming a member of their Sunday Company. Totman was a featured cast member on MadTV and has guest starred in several sitcoms including Less than Perfect and King of Queens. She is currently writing and performing sketch comedy with numerous funny people in Portland Oregon.
Kurt Conroyd, Lead Actor - River:
Kurt was featured in Fox Searchlight's Wild and Reverie Films Birds of Neptune (Official Slamdance feature 2015) and has upcoming appearance in Lean On Pete and Portlandia. He also worked with Olive Entertainment in Life and Death of... and Wild Blue. He studied at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre company and loves funny people.
Lara Cuddy - Producer:
With over 20 years of experience in concept development, marketing strategy, and project management, Lara Cuddy works as a producer and designer in a broad range of media including film & video, broadcast, print, and interactive. Her skill-set includes producing, line producing, and production management as well as post-production, promotion, and marketing coordination on independent short and feature film projects, commercials, music videos, and television. Recent projects include the feature films Deep Dark (official selection Fantaspoa Film Festival 2015), and Birds of Neptune (official selection Slamdance Film Festival 2015, Winner Best Narrative Feature Arizona Int’l Film Festival 2015), and most recently, Tuff TV's first original scripted series, Combat Report, a WWII drama first aired on cable television in January 2015.