Aug. 28--Every move is a story. When a move takes place in Allston on Sept. 1, that story can lead to treasures, both tangible and intangible.
A group of Boston filmmakers set out to tell a dozen tales of Allston Christmas, the adopted title of the first day in September, when thousands of lazy movers abandon TVs, couches and heaps of junk on city sidewalks.
Starting Monday, AllstonXmas.com will release a short film each day until Sept. 12 -- the 12 days of Christmas, get it?
"The idea came from a terrible move I had," Web series director Jared Vincenti said. "But when I tried to envision it, I couldn't fit the terror of moving into one story. I recruited other writers to help me."
The two-to-10-minute vignettes follow some expected turns: young love, young hate, couples furnishing new apartments with treasures culled from other people's trash. But the series also showcases the depth and beauty of relationships. It's equally sweet, sad and hilarious.
"We wanted to create a mosaic," Vincenti said. "There's so much in where we nest and why and who helps us along the way. Well, as long as we don't set everything on fire before we pack it up."
Put together by Vincenti and a few fellow Boston University film MFA graduates, the film's shoots started a year ago, on Sept. 1. The crew had to begin then to capture the chaos.
"We needed mountains of garbage," said Kenice Mobley, one of the series' producers and writers. "Sometimes we'd be shooting a scene and somebody would pick up a lamp or something and we'd have to run after them shouting, 'Wait, wait, we need that for a movie.' We didn't get everything we needed in one day, so we shot other exterior scenes on Nov. 1 and June 1 because they tend to be the other biggest moving days."
The team raised $6,000 on Kickstarter and used mostly volunteers so they could release the series online for free. Mobley says they had some conversations with backers about distribution, but the producers think giving away the videos makes sense. Like that coffee table you pick up for free because the old owner just couldn't cram it in the U-Haul, the series is meant to be a curious discovery.
"Web series are the Wild West right now. You can do stuff with the format that you can't do in film or TV," Vincenti said. "Now we just want to get it out there. Boston does moving day more spectacularly than any other city. People should see that."
Come see the series before it hits the Web at the "Xmas Eve" party at Great Scott on Sunday night. Mobley promises there will be some threadbare couches to lounge on while watching.
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