OUTTAKES is a lo-fi mock-doc semi-improvised web series created by Sylvan Oswald about two trans guys making a web series in his bedroom.
OUTTAKES is based on the genre of the transition video, videos created by people in the process of transitioning their gender. These videos, created all over the world in bedrooms and living rooms on laptops and webcams, are a way for trans* people to share experiences and information, and to feel less isolated by reaching out and building community online.
Neither Sylvan or Becca had ever made a video like that. OUTTAKES is a kind of tribute to that genre. It's also about what it means when a very private journey has to happen in public.
RICK BURKHARDT (music) is an Obie-award-winning playwright, performer, composer, and songwriter. In 2011 he was listed as an "Off Off Broadway Innovator to Watch" by Time Out New York. rickburkhardt.com
BECCA BLACKWELL is a NYC based performer. They have worked with Theater of the Two Headed Calf, Circus Amok, Sharon Hayes, Lisa D'Amour. Currently touring Young Jean Lee's Untitled Feminist Show and Half Straddle's The Seagull: Thinking of You. Also seen in the award winning web series Jack in a Box.
MARIA CATALDO (series consultant) is a New York City based filmmaker. Her feature editing credits include the award winning Rain, Children of God, Wind Jammers, and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life. Maria coordinated and supervised post-production on major titles for The Weinstein Company, and is currently working on Rebel Music, a six part documentary series about protest music emerging from conflict areas around the world.
(Creator, director, editor) SYLVAN OSWALD'S plays include Sex Play, Profanity, Nightlands, Sun Ra, and Vendetta Chrome. A recent Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellow at Soho Rep, Sylvan is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. He currently leads the playwriting/screenwriting program at Purchase College/SUNY. sylvanoswald.com
ZUZANNA SZADKOWSKI is best known for playing "Dorota" in The CW’s Gossip Girl. Other television credits include Guiding Light, The Sopranos, and Law and Order Criminal Intent. Film credits include Butterflies of Bill Baker and Growing Up and Other Lies. She appeared in Love, Loss and What I Wore Off Broadway.