GORHAM, Maine — The unique, Maine-produced web series â€śRagged Isleâ€ť has been nominated for seven awards by We Love Soaps, an online magazine dedicated to the world of soap operas.
The categories for which â€śRagged Isleâ€ť are nominated for are “Best Web Series” (Drama), “Best Actor” (Rick Dalton of Portland, ME), “Best Writing”, “Best Directing” (Barry Dodd), “Best Ensemble (Drama), “Best use of music” and “Best Cinematography.” Winners will be decided by the editors of We Love Soaps along with a panel of the nomineesâ€™ peers and will be announced in a ceremony in New York City on February 21, 2012.
An additional potential award for the web series for the 2011 â€śFansâ€™ Choice Awardâ€ť will require online voting between January 1 and February 13, 2012 on welovesoaps.net. â€śRagged Isleâ€ť is asking Mainers to come out and help support their hometown web series by voting online.
â€śRagged Isleâ€ť is a culmination of Maine artists from all over the state- including writers, actors and musicians. Gorham, Maine based husband and wife duo Barry and Karen L. Dodd began principal photography on the seriesâ€™ first season in July, 2010 and recently concluded shooting seasons two and three, to be released in early 2012.
Drawing inspiration from such cult classics as “The X-Files,” “Twin Peaks,” and the gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows,” “Ragged Isle” has been crafted with genre fans in mind. With more than 30 talented actors and over 20 picturesque Maine locations, this project is as ambitious as anything ever seen in an online series and has been recognized by welovesoaps as the Indie Soap of the Week and by Indie Intertube as the Drama Pick of the Week, both on multiple occasions. The entire first season was viewed at the KahBang Music and Art Festival in Bangor as the focus of the â€śMaineStreamâ€ť category. KahBang Festival founder Josh Whinery calls â€śRagged Isleâ€ť “…the newest, freshest, most innovative thing on the scene this year.” The Bangor Daily News wrote, “‘Ragged Isle’ falls somewhere in between David Lynch’s bizarre cult classic series ‘Twin Peaks’ and a much darker, more authentically Maine version of ‘Murder, She Wrote.’”
â€śRagged Isleâ€ť is a true labor of love for the genre and for Maine. Maine natives, Barry and Karen Dodd are proud to showcase their state on an international platform and are thrilled and humbled by their recent recognition.
â€śWe are so proud to be recognized nationally.â€ť Says Barry Dodd. â€śIt’s great to see such a wide range of categories that Ragged Isle has been nominated in and that’s a testament to the entire cast and crew of Mainers who came together and believed in the project. Many people believe that web series is the future of daytime television and it’s such a thrill to see a Maine project be recognized as part of this blossoming industry.â€ť
Contact Name: Barry Dodd
Telephone Number: (207)807-8109