The Sunny Side Web Series

The Sunny Side is about fifteen year old girl Fi, coming of age while struggling with depression and how it affects her relationships with her friends, sister, mother, and herself.

  • Mike Swift
    Director
    Hustlebucks
  • Mike Swift
    Writer
    Hustlebucks
  • Kali Borrowman
    Producer
    Hustlebucks
  • Mike Swift
    Producer
    Hustlebucks
  • Raiane Cantisano
    Key Cast
    "Fi"
  • Elyana Hari
    Key Cast
    "Daana"
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    teenagers, coming of age
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 48 seconds
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New York City Web Fest
    New York
    United States
    November 8, 2018
    World Premiere
  • New York Indie Theatre Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    February 9, 2019
  • Berlin Web Fest
    Berlin
    Germany
    September 7, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Sicily Web Fest
    Sicily
    Italy
    September 14, 2019
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • NJ Web Fest
    Montclaire, NJ
    United States
    September 21, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Minnesota Web Fest
    Minneapolis, MN
    United States
    September 27, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Baltimore New Media Festival
    Baltimore, MD
    United States
    November 2, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Copenhagan Web Fest
    Copenhagan
    Denmark
    September 21, 2019
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Mike Swift

Mike Swift is a writer, director, and producer for theatre, film, and new media. He has developed and produced plays at The Atlantic, The Rattlestick, The Flea, La Mama, The Nuyorican Poets Café, and The Chain Theatres. His play Couldabeens was a semifinalist for The O’Neill Conference in 2015. Mike has produced many productions in NYC and regionally, as well as assistant directed under Spike Jonze, Adam Rapp, and Edward Albee.

Mike has written feature films for BAFTA nominated director Barnaby Clay and currently has a feature film script in development with Emmy Award winning producer Elisabeth Skadden

His film work has been seen at Tribeca Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Independent TV Fest, New York Web Fest, and more. His web series Hustlebucks played festivals last season and won Outstanding Drama awards at Minnesota Web Fest, The Brooklyn Web Fest, and Baltimore New Media Fest. Mike is in pre-production with a new web series and also wrote, directed and produced The Sunny Side pilot which is in festivals now.

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Director Statement

As a filmmaker, I tell stories about the struggles of outsiders that are also stylish, fun, cool, and proactive. Drawing from personal experience, I think it is just as important to show marginalize people surviving and thriving as it is to show the difficulties they face. My process is very inspired by the indie films of 1990’s and the Golden Age of Television that was born out of that. I take pride in being part a creator that is helping shape web series into an innovative new storytelling format.