AN UPCOMING SERIES BY DAVID ASH
TWIN CITIES is an eight-hour psychological drama. The main character of the series is Alex, a dying man on a quest to create a semi-autobiographical movie about the meaning of life for his estranged wife and their soon-to-be-born son.
In this world, Alex’s directorial debut is actually the film I wrote and directed, TWIN CITIES. So, the concept is that the series is a fictional story behind the making of the very real film.
Utilizing an innovative metanarrative structure, the series weaves and overlaps many storylines from Alex and his obsessive and disturbed screenwriter, Paul, and the actors portraying the characters that each man’s real-life narrative inspires.
As their stories in their personal lives develop and change, the lives of the characters in the film – whose stories we are also closely following – are rewritten, ultimately changing their histories. This editing-life-as-it-goes storytelling allows us to explore many themes, metaphysical theories and unique storytelling techniques to both engage the audience and give great depth to the characters.
More specifically, as what is “real” and what is fiction further blur in increasingly layered ways within the metanarrative structure, the series provides a deeper exploration into how we construct our identity and create meaning in our life out of the thin air of our unexplained consciousness.
I feel this extended meditation on identity and how we find and reveal ourselves is especially relevant in our new age of never ending selfies, iPhone videos, and video logs — all continually uploaded and shared with the world as a means to construct our own narrative, a self-centered perception of who we are and what our lives mean.
In addition to illuminating how each of us continually creates and re-creates what we call the “self”, the series will also further branch from this perspective into elucidating the fascinating fictions of free will and time, all of which govern our perception of what is real and true.
Delving a level deeper into the hidden underworld that informs our construction of reality, there will be nothing else like it.
- David Ash, Writer / Director
Who Wrote It?
The series is written by David Ash and is loosely based on TWIN CITIES,
the critically-acclaimed, award-winning feature film he wrote and directed.
This series project won the prestigious 2019 Minnesota State Arts Board "Artist Initiative" grant, which will provide funding for the production of the pilot episode.
How Did the Film Do?
The film won five "Best of Fest" awards out of the nine festivals where it screened and was distributed in fall, 2018, by Summer Hill Films on Amazon, iTunes, Xbox, and Google Play.
However, additional funding is needed for the pilot, as well as the other seven episodes of the first season.
The ultimate goal is a development deal with a major premium television channel (HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, et. al). We are looking for potential development partners to meet this goal. If this describes you, please reach out via the CONTACT page.
Ash also wrote and directed the critically-acclaimed, award-winning feature films 2021 and Love: A Documentary, as well as five short films, all of which have played at a variety of local, national, and international film festivals. In January 2016, rights to 2021 were purchased by independent film distributor Summer Hills Films. Summer Hill is distributing the film to US, Canada, and European markets.
7-minute profile of Ash from Twin Cities PBS Emmy-winning series Minnesota Originals.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Feature length profile.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
Feature length profile.
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