Winner: Webby Honoree 2009
Gemini Rising - Photo Shoot
Richard's girlfriend, model Kiki Kim, convinces famed photographer Aleister Holt Pierce to photograph the band for their upcoming album. When Robert notices he's not getting his share of the attention, his ego inflates to a hilarious explosion.
About Gemini Rising:
Gemini Rising, a 2009 Webby Honoree, is a dramatic but often very funny series that recounts the trials and tribulations of a hard-working, semi-successful 1970′s progressive rock band from Levittown, Pennsylvania. Follow brothers Robert and Richard McKenzie as they lead a band of talented troubadours through struggles to realize their unique vision and achieve a respectable level of success in a world increasingly indifferent to their musical art. Revisit the 70′s through the eyes of a group of young dreamers who, talented though they were, didn't quite make it and have long since been forgotten and lost to the mists of time... until now.
Featuring outstanding performances from an ensemble cast, Gemini Rising has drama, romance, humor and, best of all, original music inspired by the era's best progressive rock.
What the critics say:
R. Kurt Osenlund: "Part rock-doc, part period drama, this effortlessly funny and surprisingly addictive sage is a stylistic triumph, nailing a detailed authenticity that permeates all aspects of production."
Recommended by the Washington Post and the Boston Globe.
Tubefilter: "This show in some ways has raised the bar for on-line content considering the production value at such a low cost and the excellent cohesion of all aspects of the filmmaking."
Libertas Film Magazine:
"Comparisons to This is Spinal Tap and Bad News are a given anytime a hard 'rock mock' shows up, but the idea is again fresh and the large, funny and clearly dedicated cast and varied settings put an original and enthusiastic spin on the typical flailing band situations. The genius is in being so confidently loose within a sub-genre that can only be recreated through the pains of extreme specificity."