Luck and The Virgin (La Suerte y la Virgen), an internet telenovela series, filmed exclusively in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, will premier at the LA Web Fest March 26-28th at The Stage 52 Theater at 5299 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016-1340.
Writer and director, Jaime Byrd, of Blind Lyle Films, took on a large Latin endevour with this Mexico based webisode "Luck and The Virgin (La Suerte y la Virgen)" – a comedy crime series about of a young women who takes her boyfriends drug money, goes to Mexico, and gets caught up with all the wrong people including a very tired hit man from Spain.
"We wanted to make a movie in Mexico, and once we got to the beautiful town of San Miguel de Allende, it just started to make more sense to produce a web series similar to a telenovela, but for the internet", said Byrd. "We hadn't seen anything like this out there before, so it felt like the right thing to do at the time."
What sets this series apart from anything else out there, is that every single episode is no longer then 60 seconds long. That's right, it's a 60 second soap. In those 60 seconds, not only is the story told with new developments emerging in that time, but we follow what has already happened in short recaps.
"It's like a cross between a Guy Ritchie movie and Destinos," Byrd says, "except it's only 60 seconds long. That means it's a very fast-paced-ride soap opera with some humor."
"The 60 second idea came much later after we shot the series," said producer, Adam Cohen, "we didn't know it at the time, but months later after cutting different versions of the show, it just felt natural that each episode only be one minute long".
Both Byrd and Cohen made sure to use as much local Mexico talent and crew as possible.
"We posted ads at the library and spread the word around town that we were looking for actors," said Cohen. "We were surprised at how many people wanted to participate, including the use of music from local musicians and bands that were placed in the series which we hope will help promote those artists."
All episodes are translated in Spanish or English with subtitles respectfully.