Antidote 15: Web Festivals, TV Interviews, & More

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Antidote 15 on the Red Carpet Photocredit: Snobby Robot MagazineThe cast and crew on the red carpet for Hollyweb Festival!
Avi Kaye (director), Conner Sorensen (Benji), Amy Suto (showrunner), Portia Juliette (Sarah), Ashley Maimes (Anita), and Irina Kuzina (producer)
Photocredit: Snobby Robot Magazine

The past seven days have been a whirlwind of press and exciting events to celebrate Antidote 15’s season two and all the amazing people who are the lifeblood of the show.

On Friday, Antidote 15 screened in the Charlie Chaplin theater at Raleigh Studios, and I was able to talk on a panel about the inspiration for the show, and why ex-boyfriends, deadlines, and drinking things you’re not supposed to be are common college struggles.

thriller web series hollyweb antidote 15 amy suto The panel with me on the far right trying to think of something articulate to say about the show

On Sunday, we walked the red carpet and were interviewed by a few press outlets before the awards ceremony at Avalon Hollywood.

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This past week, I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Faith Miller on ATVN news about Antidote 15 and our time at the Hollyweb Festival! You can watch the video below:

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When I started this over a year ago, I never would have expected that we would have all come this far. With each episode, we grew as a team and I owe everything to my tireless producers, directors, cast, crew, and everyone else who helped out on the project.

Now time to get back to work :)

Ashley Maimes to play Anita Lawrence [Casting Announcement]

ashleymaimestoplayanitalawrenceuscshortwebseriesantidote15Ashley Maimes just signed on to play Anita Lawrence for season one of Antidote 15.

The character Anita is a wild child with a theatrical soul, and is one of the two leads of the series.

I’ve worked with Ashley in the past for a few of my short films, and I’m glad to have her bring her talent to this project! She’s hardworking and motivated, and she’s constantly working on new projects.

Here’s what she has to say about the project, her interests, and, most importantly, what kind of sandwich she’d bring with her to a deserted island.

1. Give us a quick summary of your acting background and why you decided to major in theater here at USC.

ASHLEY: I have always loved to act, sing, and dance and have been performing since I was very young. My first part in a show was the role of Molly in the musical Annie. I absolutely love being able to entertain people! Being able to bring the audience on the journey with all the performers is an amazing opportunity. What a wonderful feeling to be able to help people escape their reality and sit back and enjoy the show. I have a real deep passion for the arts… always have and always will!

I decided to study drama and musical theatre at USC to further my training and education in the arts. I believe one never stops learning, and am very excited about the education and opportunities I am getting through USC’s program. I am able to take an amazing variety of classes, not just in my major field of study, but also in a wide range of subject areas too. Additionally, I take lessons and classes in acting, singing, and dancing as well as other courses that interest me. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and approachable, and USC’s reputation speaks for itself in every way! I am truly honored to be a part of this amazing university and wonderful program, and am excited to keep learning and see what the future will bring!

2. What drew you to the role of Anita and the story of Antidote 15?

ASHLEY: What drew me to Anita is that there is so much more to her than meets the eye. There is so much given by the writer to work with and there is still a lot open to create. Being able to help develop and grow a character from the beginning stages, working with the writers, producers, directors, and entire team is a wonderful opportunity. As an actress, I find this extremely challenging and exciting!

3. Since your character and you share an interest in the theater, I have to ask– what’s your favorite play? Favorite musical?

ASHLEY: Oh goodness! There are so many that I absolutely adore for so many reasons. For my favorite play, I would have to say Romeo and Juliet. And for my favorite musical, I absolutely love Wicked.

4. Favorite kind of  candy on set?

ASHLEY: Red gummy bears, skittles, or jelly beans.

5. If you could live in any TV show, which one would it be?

ASHLEY: One television show I would enjoy living in would be the ABC show called “Once Upon A Time”. I absolutely love the show, and adore the different time periods and fairy tales that the show incorporates!

6. What time period(s) are your favorite to study other than today?

ASHLEY: The Renaissance Era, Victorian Era, and the 1920s!

7. You’re stranded on a deserted island. What kind of sandwich do you bring with you?

ASHLEY: Corned beef or turkey on honey oat bread or egg bread. Do I get chips and water or tea also?


Bill Fitzgibbons: Composer/Producer [Interview]

Bill FitzgibbonsBill Fitzgibbons is a composer and producer of Antidote 15. He’s created scores for many of my other short films, and I’m lucky to have him on board! Today I interrogated interviewed him about his musical past and why he decided to be a part of Antidote 15.


What are your favorite composers, film scores?

I quite like John Williams and Howard Shore’s music (best known for his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy), with Hans Zimmer coming in at a close third.

How did you get into composing? What drew you to music?

Well, I was drawn to music originally because of my family history. My mom played both flute and piano, my uncle the trumpet, my grandfather the drums, and my late grandmother piano and organ (she knew Terri Gibbs, a famous country singer). I started piano at the age of four, but I stopped after a few years.  I then switched to trumpet in the summer of the fourth grade. I still play trumpet, but a jaw issue has put that on hold, at least in the short-term.

As far as composing is concerned, I started getting interested in writing music after watching Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in theaters. I was impressed by the melodies I heard, and being young and impressionable, I wanted to try and mimic what I heard.  This eventually led to me wanting to write some of my own tunes. I still have a copy of my very first “composition”, by the way, which is absolutely horrid.  In fact, I don’t know if it’s even music…

You’re a novelist as well– do you think that composing has any parallels to fiction writing?

Absolutely! I could go on an on about how alike the two really are, but if I did, we’d be here for a while.   As such, I’ll give you the short version.  Music is the universal language — everyone can understand it! A song is, in essence, a story. It has a beginning and an end, and each note is significant, much like every word in a novel.  Notes combine to form phrases, much like words create sentences, etcetera. In the generic sense, both stories and music involve a lot of creativity and organization, as well…you need to know where you’ve been as well as where you’re going.

Why did you sign on to Antidote 15? What aspect of the project caught your attention?

Well, for Antidote 15, it was perhaps morbid curiosity.  I was intrigued, I admit.

That’s kinda a lame answer, but it’s the truth.  I already had a good deal of experience composing for film prior to this project, but I’d never done a web series before.  And seeing as I’m all about broadening one’s horizons, I thought it was time I practice what I preach.

Usually, the process of composing for something begins with the composer taking a look at the script (or at least a sample of it), checking to see if it is a project that he/she would be interested in pursuing.  When I saw the script, I thought it was a brilliant concept.  I thought, “This is a project I really want to work on…where do I sign up?”  I was hooked and wanted to be involved, simple as that.

Creator’s Statement [Video]

This is my Creator’s Statement which I attempt to pitch you Antidote 15 in a manner that strongly suggests that I should spend the entirety of my career behind the camera. If you have any questions about the project or objections to my questionable public speaking skills, please leave them in the comments!

Also, because I want you to stalk us on all possible mediums to support us, here are our social media accounts:


You guys are the best.

-Amy Suto