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Brooklyn-Based Webseries 'Hard Times' To Premiere in the Fall (PHOTOS)

by Nijla Mumin
July 3, 2013 4:07 PM
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Looking for a good webseries to watch in the fall? Here's one you might want to check out. 

Tahir Jetter, director of the 2011 Sundance short Close, is gearing up to release Hard Times, a 10-episode webseries about a broke personal trainer who aims to make money through unscrupulous means following the decline of his client base.

Directed by Jetter, and created by him and Donald Conley (SLEEP), the series features a plethora of up and coming talent, including Abraham Amkpa (The Boring Life of Jacqueline, Mother of George), Bianca Laverne Jones (NYC 22, 12 Steps to Recovery), Ashley Denise Robinson (Docket 32357), and Vladimir Versailles (Side Effects), and is being shot by award-winning Director of Photography, Daniel Patterson (Gun Hill Road, Newlyweeds). The series is set to premiere in the Fall/Winter 2013. 

While you await the online premiere, check out these lush production stills from the project. 

For more information about the upcoming series, visit the website

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  • NO BRAINER | July 3, 2013 10:22 PMReply

    Why does these loglines for black film/TV projects always read so vague? Don't expect to draw people in with such underwritten loglines...

  • Katie | July 8, 2013 7:55 AM

    Honestly, Imma have to agree with @No Brainer on this one. Imma need a more specific tagline and honestly, more stories about broke black people? I'm so sick and tired of seeing that same ish over and over again. How about something new and fresh? And why should I look towards your story? I can easy go outside if I wanna see what your giving us. What makes this different? And I also agree with @YUP. Is this all you're going to give us? These stale arse, funky arse stills? There just photos of black people's faces and heads. Nothing that tells us what's going on, what any of this has to do with the story, or why we should care. I'm INSULTED that this is all you give us and then expect us to give a rat's arse.

    Try again boo boo, try again.

  • Nadia | July 7, 2013 11:18 PM

    @No Brainer - the logline is a no-brainer to me. Pun intended. It's meant to tease, not give you the entire story. What don't you understand about it? "A broke personal trainer who aims to make money through unscrupulous means following the decline of his client base."

    Simple. Either you're with that or you're not. There's no further detail necessary. In time you will learn more. If it doesn't entice you as is then it doesn't. Keep it moving. Loglines aren't supposed to give you everything. SMH.

  • MEH | July 6, 2013 12:47 PM

    Agreed. Who cares. More pretty, broke, Black people. Next.

  • Yep | July 6, 2013 11:34 AM

    You may not like the feedback, but it surely is applicable here. I agree with No Brainer. It's too vague and I don't care. The stills just show some Black people and there is nothing to get excited about. What are you holding out for? Get back to work.

  • NO BRAINER | July 5, 2013 4:28 PM

    Is he really "broke"? "Broke" how? Be more specific.

    And what kind of "unscrupulous means" do you mean exactly? This reads like "Breaking Bad" or "Hung", typical of desperate people making ends meet by doing immoral or criminal things. There is nothing original here. So, if the logline was more specific, it could help it to stand alone from the many others.

    Also, there is nothing of paramount necessity here. Don't you see that? Who is going to care about a "broke trainer" who will now hustle to eat? Next!

    The logline lacks irony as well. Who wouldn't cut a few corners (don't know the depths of his "unscrupulous means") if they are struggling financially? Everybody does it to some degree. What's so special about this case? And with this lack of irony, it doesn't allow your logline to be compelling in any way.

    So, here are a few suggestions:

    1. Use a better adjective than "broke" to describe your protagonist.

    2. Are there any real forms of antagonism in this story besides him losing his clients? If so, state it in the logline and give it some personality, an adjective.

    3. And finally, give us a compelling goal for your protagonist, something we can all identify with as human beings.

    I hope this helps.

    Yours truly,
    the DOUCHE

  • HEY DOUCHE | July 4, 2013 12:48 AM

    Maybe you should rewrite it for us. Thanks!

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