By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn December 10, 2009 at 2:05AM
An article I first wrote about a year ago about the new wave of films shot and set in Brooklyn finally hit stands yesterday in the New York Press. I'm reasonably satisfied with the outcome, which identifies the various tendencies of this makeshift genre and how they seem to emerge from the paradoxical nature of the borough's gentrified counterculture. But, man, I really dig the cover illustration (posted above) by Cecilia Granata.
One little tidbit I managed to pick up when updating the article for its current form didn't wind up in the final version, so I wanted to share it here. I contacted Thom Woodley, co-creator of The 'Burg, about the show's recent episode -- a step-up in terms of production quality thanks to guidance from Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist director Peter Sollett.
According to Woodley, The 'Burg team heard that Sollett was a fan of the web series through the pipeline, and then found out that he was shooting the pilot for a show about hipsters living together (a la The 'Burg) in Chicago. Woodley was a little miffed about this, since he and his colleagues had pitched their own show to networks and repeatedly heard the same excuse: That hipster comedy was too niche. To make matters more annoying, two 'Burg actors auditioned for Sollett's show and one of them actually landed a role in it. However, the pilot gained zero traction with the network, and Sollett reached out to Woodley within a day about directing a new episode of The 'Burg. It's worth a watch.
Woodley's Dinosaur Diorama production company is currently working on a new comedy web series, All's Faire, but he told me they would like to do more 'Burg stuff if time allows for it. The biggest obstacle? Most of the cast lives in California now.