Web series are all the rage now and it’s hard to keep up with all the good stuff out there. Here at SciFi Latino I like to highlight those genre productions involving Latinos, and this week one very interesting press release came my way with geeky goodness and Latino participation. Richard Hays and Robert Diaz LeRoy of Last Ronin Entertainment are producing and distributing seven weekly web series.
Their first web series, Crime Scene X, will be released on September 24th. According to the press release, the story revolves around “the strange partnership of Jonathon Moon, a late night radio talk show host known as the Prince of the Paranormal, and Tony Rustic, a hard-boiled L.A. detective as they pursue an extraterrestrial serial killer.” CSX stars Frank Piciullo as Moon and Jeff Prewitt as Tony Rustic.
The next series, Kronikles, will also be built around Moon’s radio show and will launch in early October. Five more web series featuring Moon characters are being produced for later in 2010 and early 2011. These include AKA: Monster Bill, a series about a veteran monster hunter; Sue Sayer, a series about a teenaged psychic; and The Legend of Two Snakes, a series about a Native American who becomes both a serial killer and a super hero after being bitten by rattlesnakes.
Last Ronin Entertainment is the brainchild of Robert Diaz LeRoy, who directs and co-writes the seven web series (and also stars as the enigmatic shape-shifting character ‘Two Snakes’) and Richard Hays, creator of Jonathon Moon, and producer and co-writer of the seven shows. They will diversify their offerings with novels and graphic novels based on the web series’ characters, feature films, television specials and more. “I’m not sure that anyone has really tried this, but Robert and I believe in the model and are very pleased with the product. The important thing to us is to keep raising the bar as far as production value and quality of story and character while keeping the shows affordable,” Hays said. “It’s quite a challenge.”
Robert Diaz LeRoy’s ethnic background is Mexican and Native American (Tohono O’odham). He is a writer, director, and actor whose movies have played and garnered awards around the world. According to his bio, “his influences began with childhood days interacting with his medicine man great-uncle on the Yuma reservation, to ranch hand, railroad car welder, commercial artist, painter, downhill mountain-bike racer, college instructor, undercover researcher and Demonstrative Evidence expert in the reconstruction of capital crime murder cases working on behalf of the accused.” Besides the web series, Diaz LeRoy is in post production for the 1950s sci-fi film Countdown 2 Zero which he wrote and directed.
Where to watch: Crime Scene X will debut on Koldcast.tv and several other sites. Enjoy the trailer here: