Jesse Pringle and Shawn Wright want movie and television buffs in Lee’s Summit to know they’re serious about bringing Hollywood-type productions to the area.
The Lee’s Summit natives, both of whom parents still live in town, will present the premiere of their crime drama web series “Kill Em All” with a red carpet event May 17 at the Dubliner in Kansas City’s Power and Light District.
The event starts at 6 p.m. with the series premiere slated to air at 8 p.m.
“We’re shooting a Hollywood-licensed web series and feature film here in Kansas City,” said Pringle, an actor and stuntman with Hollywood-produced movies to his credit. He wrote and produced the series with Wright serving as director. A colleague, Brandon Bender, is also involved with the project, which was shot on location in the Kansas City area. “It is an American crime drama with emphasis on Irish and Italian cultures here in Kansas City, modern day.”
Pringle and Wright described the series as a cross between two or three well-known television series.
“It’s kind of a play off – Shawn likes to call it ‘The Sopranos meets ‘The Wire,’” Pringle said, before Wright added: “Meets ‘Breaking Bad’ a little bit.
With the creation of “Kill Em All,” Pringle and Wright wanted to take advantage of an emerging media market for independent filmmakers, using technological advances to further their cause of bringing Hollywood to the Kansas City metropolitan area.
A trailer of the web series’ premiere is available at www.killemalltv.com. There is also a Facebook page for the series, as well as a YouTube channel. Pringle has blogged about the series, appeared in a series of media interviews publicizing the venture and there is also a twitter handle (@killemalltv) for it.
Smart phone apps are under development, the two said.
“Primarily, the series is promoted and marketed via the Internet and mobile devices,” said Pringle. “We’re really taking advantage of all the new trending and emerging technologies. We created a company, Open Media Enterprises, to push these – what we call mobile entertainment – into the mobile technology market to reach a broader consumer and viewing base just by way of cell phones; smart phones, if you will.
“Our series is one you can pull up on any smart phone; any phone that has access to You Tube or Facebook will be able to watch the series.”
Wright offered: “It’s interesting how the media has developed over time. Now people’s interests or their idea about consuming media has become different now that you have mobile devices. It’s easy to pick up a phone and watch something that’s a short form program. A lot of people are more apt to do something like that. It works out good because we are able to tell a story and take a creative endeavor and we can package it in a smaller package.”
As for their bringing Hollywood to Kansas City mantra, three episodes of “Kill Em All” have already been shot with episode No. 4 slated for shooting June 1.
In all, 10 episodes, ranging between six to 10 minutes per installment, are planned, and some will feature actors with expansive movie and television credits on their resume.
“We’ve actually brought a real theatrical story to a new emerging market of entertainment by way of a web series,” Pringle said, “Which is trending in Los Angeles, but we are really pushing to start developing here by way of adding marquee value by bringing in real Hollywood celebrities and actors to Kansas City to film…
“We will definitely would like to come to Lee’s Summit with an event. Not only Shawn and I, but other people seem to be virtually coming out of the woodwork that we went to school (in Lee’s Summit) with or grew up with who we haven’t seen in 20 years that are related to or in our same business that we’ve ended up partnering with.”