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Chicago video collective Everything Is Terrible! shoots a Web series.
“As a kid I had a box of porn magazines I hid in a barn,” says Lehr Beidelschies, who goes by the stage name WrongMan as a member of the local video collective Everything Is Terrible! “Everyone had experiences like this. Hiding your porn became a rite of passage for a certain age of adolescents.”
A youth spent squirreling away copies of Hustler inspired Beidelschies to pen Sex City, an absurd comedy that seems to rest somewhere between Stand by Me and an X-rated sci-fi adventure. The in-production Web series tells of two adult friends who discover that the erotica they buried in the woods as teens has sprouted into a city of smut. Natch, the men are hailed as kings of the triple-X metropolis.
The project, comprising nine five-minute episodes, is EIT!’s first foray into original material. The group is better known for the found footage added daily to its vlog, themed live screenings of choice videos at Hungry Brain and its recent tour of Doggie Woggiez! Poochie Woochiez!, EIT!’s remake of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain using only repurposed VHS dog footage.
Over the summer, 30 students from DePaul University’s animation program spent their break building the 3-D landscapes of Sex City. Some worked for class credit; others volunteered for the résumé-padding experience. This month, actors will be plopped into those backdrops at the school’s downtown green-screen studio. Beidelschies, a DePaul digital cinema lecturer, insists the students had a fulfilling experience, even if they couldn’t exactly relate to the show’s porn-stashing premise. As a Millennial, he says, “You don’t have to bury your Internet history.”
Sex City will be released in summer of 2013. Visit everythingisterrible.com for news, updates—and some hilarious videos.