The fifth annual Vancouver Web Festival, a three-day celebration of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the online consumption, gets underway next week.
Along with workshops, speakers, parties, and pitches are an array of screenings. Among them this year is the Canadian premiere of the web series, Twentyfiveish.
Directed and co-written by Vancouver filmmaker, Katie Micay, Twentyfiveish follows five characters who grew up together, but parted ways after high school. Now approaching twenty-five, they meet up for a long weekend at a beach house, where they are forced to navigate their complicated history and examine old feelings and wounds.
“Turning twenty-five puts a new perspective on things,” says Micay in a media release. “It’s when suddenly your decisions hold a lot more weight. You’re expected to have answers, not questions. And your choices open up new paths and close others. But I also think people grow apart sometimes as they grow older and that can really hurt. That’s a part that I didn’t expect.”
Having just gone through a break-up with her best-friend, the real-life event not only blindsided Micay, but also helped in creating the series.
“So, we started writing from there because friendship breakups are complex and aren’t often talked about. Then we built out the world and all the other characters,” she says.
Starring Pretty Little Liars’ Brendan Robinson, the series also features Katelyn Tarver, Ritesh Rajan, Valerie Lucas, and Benjamin Welch.
Originally premiering at Seriesfest in 2017, Twentyfiveish makes its Canadian premiere at this year’s Vancouver Web Festival, where it has been nominated in the Best Dramedy category.