‘The grind never stops’

tporter@lsjournal.comApril 4, 2014 

Jesse Pringle, left, and Shawn Wright celebrated the premiere of their web series “Kill Em All” May 18, 2013 at the Dubliner in Kansas City’s Power and Light District. Pringle, who created, wrote, produced and stars in the series, and Wright, who directs the series, are both graduates of Lee’s Summit High School.

LAURA LOVE — Courtesy photo

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    Awards the Irish crime drama and web series “Kill Em All” garnered at the annual Los Angeles Web Series Festival March 26-30. The series is written by and stars creator Jesse Pringle and directed by Shawn Wright, both Lee’s Summit natives.

A couple of homegrown Lee’s Summit guys made good on a recent trip to Los Angeles.

Not only did Jesse Pringle and Shawn Wright, the writer/director team behind the Irish crime drama and web series “Kill Em All,” attend the annual L.A. Web Series Festival March 26-30. Pringle, Wright and company also filmed parts for the new season of their newly announced award-winning web series.

“Kill Em All” garnered five awards for best writing in a web series (Pringle, who is writer and lead actor), best directing (Wright), best drama series, best guest actor (veteran Hollywood actor Richard Tyson of “3 O’clock High” and “Something About Mary” fame) and best trailer score in a series.

The five awards were among the most dished out at the LAWebFest, hailed as the “world’s biggest web series festival” with more than 26 countries represented in the competition.

“It’s like the web fest Olympics,” Pringle, the creator of “Kill Em All,” said April 2. “We cleaned up on that deal.”

Season One episodes 1-4 of “Kill Em All” will screen at 9:15 p.m. April 10 at the Plaza Cinemark Palace in Kansas City as part of the annual Kansas City Film Festival.

Pringle, who is a SAG-certified actor with Hollywood credits, has said from the beginning of the creation of “Kill Em All” that he wanted to bring big-time productions to the Kansas City area. He has dug into the connections he’s made working in California to secure talent and guest star appearances for the web series, and tapped into area talent (see Wright, who attended Lee’s Summit High School with Pringle) to bring it all together.

The awards are validation that the process and Pringle’s vision are coming to fruition.

“We’re really on the hunt for sponsors and product integration now,” he said. “We’ve proven our product on the Internet, we’ve got some virtual world-wide acclaim now, so now the most important goal is teaming up with some companies that want to advertise their products on our series and keep it going.

“We’re killing the competition in L.A. and in other countries so that’s huge. It’s huge.”

And in true, nose-to-the grind fashion, cast and crew mixed business with pleasure, shooting for its new season while out in sunny southern California.

“Besides winning those big awards at the festival, we filmed a portion of Season Two while we were out there,” Pringle said. “The grind never stops.”

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