On November 12, 2019, Volume 1 of the award-winning web series, Critically Ashamed, will premiere in NYC, with the national release date on Youtube November 13. Featuring a diverse cast of actors and standup comedians, Critically Ashamed is a serial dramedy that combines the visual style of Master Of None, the authentic feel of Netflix' Easy and the struggle and madness of the standup comedy scene in New York City as seen on HBO's Crashing. The trailer for Volume 1 can be found here.
ABOUT CRITICALLY ASHAMED:
Critically Ashamed Volume 1 follows Delia, a comedienne and German immigrant who is desperately looking for a way to stay in the country, and Giulia, an American actress who is looking for a sign that her best years aren't already behind her. Delia and Giulia both work at the same comedy club in New York City, without really knowing each other. While Giulia has been working there as a waitress for a long time and is frustrated by it, Delia is new to the club as a performer and is excited about the chance to pursue her dream. With Delia's student visa about to expire and Giulia's self-set deadline to “make it” quickly approaching, the two ladies struggle hilariously through the microcosmos that is the New York City comedy scene. Although their paths haven’t crossed yet, they seem to be unknowingly connected.
ABOUT THE CAST:
Franca Paschen - Delia
Franca was born and raised in Germany and has been working as a professional actor and singer for over ten years now. She has a degree as a certified stage performer from Stage School Hamburg, Germany. Stage credits include “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Graduation Day” and “Romeo & Juliette”. She starred in several short films and has performed improv and cabaret all over New York City, including at the Broadway Comedy Club and Q.E.D. Queens.
Giuditta Lattanzi - Giulia
Giuditta was born in Baltimore to Italian parents and raised in Turin, Italy. She started studying acting and singing from an early age, which lead her to attend the Liceo Teatro Nuovo, the only performing arts high school in Italy. She later moved to New York to pursue her love of theatre and film and has been working steadily, attending classes and performing all around the city. Stage credits include lead roles in "Joan of Arc", "Wizard of Oz" and "Mr. Marmalade". Film credits include "Hold on Loosely" and "Splashes of Dye".
Usama Siddiquee - Saleem
Usama Siddiquee is a Bengali-American comedian and actor. He has been featured as one of 2018's New Faces at the Just For Laughs comedy festival and performs standup all over the country, including at the famous Comedy Cellar. New media credits include BuzzFeed and NBC.com.
FULL FESTIVAL CREDITS
-Los Angeles Stand Up Comedy Film Festival 2019
-New York Lift-Off Online Festival 2019
-Miami Independent Film Festival 2019 (Monthly Winner Best Best Series)
-Women’s Comedy Film Festival Atlanta 2019 (Nominee Best Web Series)
-Chain Film Festival 2019
-Sydney Web Fest 2019 (Nominee Best Comedy)
-Revolution Me Film Festival 2019 (Winner Best Web Series, Nominee Best Director in a Web Series (Craig Calamis), Nominee Best First Time Filmmaker (Giuditta Lattanzi & Franca Paschen))
-Baltimore Next Media Web Fest 2019 (Award nominations tbd)
-The Short Film Awards 2019 (Nominee Best Web Series, Best Supporting Actress in a short film)
-Amsterdam Lift-Off Online Festival 2019