“Awkward” star Jillian Rose Reed wants your support for lesbian-themed “Elevator Stories”

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A new web series called Elevator Stories is in our internet future, which happens to be written and produced by former AfterEllen writer Erica Feliciano. The series takes us on a journey of scenarios that one might encounter while riding in an elevator. 

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“What initially inspired me to write Elevator Stories was the intimacy of an elevator,” Erica said. “We’re forced to be in a small space with strangers for seconds, sometimes longer. I wondered what it would be like to watch relationships come together and fall apart just by moments within an elevator.”

The setting takes place in the elevator of a NYC apartment building and follows the blossoming love story between Ezabel, a serial dater searching for “the one,” played by out actress Nicole Pacent (Anyone But Me), and Samantha, a struggling comic book artist, played by MTV’s Awkward star Jillian Rose Reed, who also happens to be producing the series.

There have been a lot of stressful times, but a lot of fun times as well,” Jillian said of her first gig as a producer. “The decision making and management aspect was new and often times trying, but I feel like between Erica and I, we’ve been able to make good concrete decisions and keep the integrity of the project alive.”

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The series offers relatable circumstances that we all face from time to time, giving us a comedic love story with a twist of drama.

“My vision for the series is simply for people to enjoy and relate to the stories and the characters,” Erica said. “It’s a comedic love story, with some drama thrown in the mix. I wanted to make something that everyone can enjoy and relate to, which is why the series takes the characters through many ups and downs.”

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The cast includes several members of the LGBTQ community, and Jillian said she thinks that “now, more than ever, it’s important for LGBT voices to be heard.”

“This is an LGBT project where the two main characters are women, which is also extremely important,” she said. “This project is about diversity, every character is so distinct. Not only is this a timely project, but it’s also so character driven and extremely fun.”

In an effort to complete the entire series and bring their vision to a reality, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched and the deadline to donate is October 17th.

“It’s becoming something bigger than expected, which is great,” Erica said. “The goal, now, is to get the funding to make the series.”