There are a shit ton of web series flinging themselves around these days and it’s hard to keep up. This newest, The Benefits of Gusbandry, looks really promising and has caught my full attention.
Episode 1: “40 & Sporty” of The Benefits of Gusbandry
A new comedic web series Created & Directed by Alicia J. Rose
Love is so gay. At her debaucherous 40th birthday party, serial relationship-killer Jackie meets handsome and charming thirty-something River.Their ensuing adventures in self-medication, late-blooming, and questionable judgment lead them to discover a raucous new kind of “significant otherness”.
The first season of The Benefits of Gusbandry will be made up of Eight 8-12 minute episodes that start airing September 2015 and will be released monthly via our YOUTUBE and VIMEO channels until Spring 2016!
From Creator Alicia J. Rose:
Inspired by real-life relationships with my own “Gusbands” (a.k.a: gay best friends), The Benefits of Gusbandry brings to life Jackie and River – two one-of-a-kind characters approaching 40 and follows them as they find something special in one another, navigating the modern world with a no-punches-pulled comedic purview, and finding true love in a most unexpectedly platonic way.
Ever since my first bout of High School heartbreak, I have had Gusbands – a sweet gay man (or boy) to let me cry on his shoulder, wreak havoc, take vacations and champagne brunch with. There is something magical about the relationship between a woman and a gay man, that any woman with an LTG (long term Gusband) will tell you is ESSENTIAL to her life and general happiness. It seems obvious to me, but when I talk about Gusbands more often than not I get a quizzical stare and questions about polygamy.
Yes, we were weaned on network sit-com Will and Grace, and found hope in Looking before it was cancelled, but for as common as Gusbands are in real-life, there is a pitiful amount of contemporary representation in the media. The Benefits of Gusbandry will take advantage of the DIY aspect of the web series format to deliver a fresh and uncensored comedic take on this relationship through bite-size episodes perfect for binge-watching in traffic, on your phone or in bed while avoiding work.
The spark of inspiration for The Benefits of Gusbandry eluded me until I came under the spell of the Rebel Heart Filmmaking Workshop, a two day intensive led by badass writer/director Diane Bell and her partner Chris Byrne. On a last minute whim, I enrolled, and by the end of the two days I left with the following things rattling through my brain: DON’T LEAVE PORTLAND, THE STORY IS INSIDE YOU, VULNERABILITY IS EVERYTHING. So, I decided to make something that plumbed a subject matter near and dear to my heart – the relationship between me and my Gusbands. Though I have been prone to serial Gusbandry since High School (as I mentioned), its the relationship with my current Guz – Lago that really inspired the series. Our recent “Goneymoon” to Thailand, endless insane nights out on the town, all the amazing meals he cooks for me, the manic “shit’-shopping” he does on the toilet that has resulted in many stylish accoutrement. Maybe it was all those couples massages in Thailand that got me thinking… What started as a hashtag of pride on the many instagram pix I posted of our adventures – #TheBenefitsofGusbandry inspired the stories I now get to share with you in The Benefits of Gusbandry.