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Racy New Webseries ‘Swerve’ Premieres

 

BREAKING NEWS: After receiving an exciting new distribution deal, the YouTube® premiere has been put on hold!

The zany new action/comedy ‘Swerve’ from UBC film graduate Pasha Eshghi is a 6 x 12min webseries premiering on YouTube Thursday, February 25, 2016. The R-rated show stars the hot Alexander Ludwig of ‘Vikings’ and ‘Hunger Games’ fame alongside Louis Dupuis and Al Dales

‘Swerve’ follows the never-ending disasters of Eshghi’s lead character Reuben (Dupuis), a doltish chauffeur who ‘loses’ a bag of the mob’s money after they flag down his limousine as a get-a-way car. In retribution for his loss, mob boss Hermann (Dales) ‘convinces’ Reuben to become his driver, and after witnessing what happens to people who cross the boss, Reuben heartily agrees to his new assignment. The relationship soon sours when Reuben gets on a roll of accidentally murdering people as the series progresses and chaos and calamity erupts everywhere they swerve.

Above: Swerve Trailer (Alexander Ludwig)

Known for his difficult dramatic roles on ‘Vikings’ and ‘Hunger Games’, Ludwig spoke on set about how much he enjoyed playing comedy with Eshghi and Dupuis, best friends of his since high school. “My character Dr. Delucchi is psychotic, the irony being that he is a psychiatrist. He is this eccentric personality who doesn’t follow the rules and takes what he wants. He is an absolute nut job.”

Dr. Delucchi is, of course, poor Reuben’s shrink thus adding great velocity to the downward spiral the young man’s life has taken since he ‘lost’ mob money and later accidentally murdered a mob member.  “I enjoyed everything about working on this series with Alexander and Pasha and I couldn’t imagine doing this with any other director,” says Dupuis. “But the writing process was my favourite part of the process because of the lack of boundaries. We are the type of people to start out with the extremes and dial it back a bit so as not to offend too many people which I like a lot ’cause I’m pretty over the top and don’t have much of a filter.” 

(l) Alexander Ludwig and Sydney Maler

(r) Alexander Ludwig and  Louis Dupuis

“Hermann is a career criminal but he has a good heart as far as homicidal hard-asses go,” says Dales of his mob boss character. “He has a soft spot for his pet limo driver since Reuben saved his life. It’s the same kind of affection that someone might have for a goofy puppy that lasts right up until the 47th time the puppy pees on your favourite suede shoes, only Reuben ain’t peein’ on shoes, he’s accidentally killing my boys.”

The driving force behind all of this frivolity is Eshghi who says that after doing a few short films he was ready to do something bigger. “The web series format of storytelling is a rapidly expanding avenue of filmmaking, but it is still one that is full of untapped potential and so it’s an exciting medium to be a part of.”

Top: Al Dales      Bottom: Alexander Ludwig   photos: Geoff Lister

(l) Pasha Eshghi  (r) Alexander Ludwig   photo: Geoff Lister

Eshghi and Dupuis started writing scripts in September 2014 before going into prep at the end of January 2015. They shot for a total of 18 days but split it into 4-5 day chunks over the course of a few months. “This project would not have been possible had it not been for many friends volunteering countless hours and helping on set, they really did an amazing job,” says a grateful Eshghi. The total budget for the production was $76K, $60K of which was raised privately and an additional $16K was raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Ne-Yo

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Ne-Yo

Q&A with an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, actor and philanthropist with three Grammy Awards and three platinum albums.

Ne-Yo was born in Arkansas and was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His first album, “In My Own Words,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Aside from working on his own album, he also has a collective catalog of chart-topping songs that he has written for other artists such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood, Enrique Iglesias and Dima Bilan, including Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” which stayed at the top of the charts for 10 consecutive weeks.

Q: Most people do not know that Big Dee Evans renamed you Ne-Yo, based on the character Neo from the film The Matrix. He stated that you see music the way that Neo saw the Matrix during the film. What other similarities do you feel you share with Neo?

A: To be honest with you, when I first got the name, I didn’t really like it. Neo was the savior of the world. I just thought the name was a bit too much — a lot of responsibility. But one person starts calling you that, then the next person, and the next person, and then suddenly, you’re Ne-Yo.

Q: Do you carve out time to sit down and focus and write lyrics, or do you allow it to be a completely organic process?

A: It’s a little bit of both. All day long, anything and everything can be inspiration for a song. But when it comes to sitting down and actually creating a song, I’m kind of a caveman … I can’t jump into this century and write a song on an iPad or my phone. I need a pen and paper.

Q: How do you feel about performing for the president, Mr. Obama, one of the most influential people in the world? What was that like?

A: You have to take away the whole concept of, “Oh my God, the President is literally 30 feet away from me.” Because if you dwell on that, it’ll create nervous energy that will mess you up. You have to tell yourself it’s another performance, another person who respects and appreciates my music. Then, once it’s over, you can step back and say, “Oh my God, I just performed for the most powerful person in the world.” But in the moment, you can’t dwell on it.

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