A Palestine man and his wife will roll out their web series, “Home,” at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on Thursday.
Micah Sudduth, of Palestine, and his wife, Keylee, from Waxahachie, met in 2011 when they were cast in the play, Little Dog Laughed, at the Austin City Theater. Keylee was a still a student at Texas State University.
Both had attended Texas State, with Micah graduating in 2007. They never crossed paths, however, until the casting call.
The pair immediately found mutual chemistry, drawn to each other as artists and friends.
After Keylee graduated from TSU, the couple moved to Los Angeles in 2012.
The couple found the scene in la-la land highly competitive. They struggled to find an avenue for their artistic endeavors.
Over time, the couple realized the trick to making a name for yourself is to make your own opportunities, especially in the age of the internet and social media. They began developing their own show.
The couple decided the new cultural phenomenon of online storytelling and digital narratives as a platform for pilots and celebrity would be the avenue to make a name for themselves.
That's when Micah began to research and explore the realm of episodic narratives.
Pulling from their own experiences, the couple wrote the script in about six month. and then held a series of workshops to fine tune each episode, before hiring a crew of nine to film their series.
The entire project took approximately two years.
The finished product, “Home,” is a semi-autobiographical tale about the couple's real-life experiences of leaving home in Texas to find their place and sense of home in LA.
When Micah and Keylee leave their families and hometowns in Texas and head to Los Angeles, they face the painful realities of life and artistry in a big city. A looming pregnancy, a failure to launch careers, family pressure to move back South, and a notice that their rental home is being demolished, all lead them to question where home really is?
The full first season of their series will be online on Vimeo on April 27.
“We wrote the first season in such a way that it can stand alone,” said Micah, “but we are ready for a second season should we get picked up for more. I think it has appeal for all ages, backgrounds and demographics. It's for anyone who's ever searched for the sense of belonging.”
The Sudduths hope their series gets picked up by a cable network, but already have plans for a comedy.
“I feel like our narrative is perfect for cable, but maybe touches on topics that might not be appropriate for family programming,” Micah said.
For Micah, Palestine no longer feels as homey as it once did. “Everything is so different, in a way, now,” he said. “Most of my mother's neighbors are still the same, but Eric Cates, who had such a lasting impact on my life, is gone. Most of my friends have moved to bigger cities to go to college or begin their lives.”