Livin' The Dream

New web series from the Spurlock sisters. The oh-so-personal tale of one woman's struggle for success and love in New York's indie film world.

  • Kim Spurlock
    Director
    Co-writer/Director/Editor
  • Mai Spurlock
    Writer
    Co-writer/Executive Producer
  • Stavroula Toska
    Producer
    Producer
  • Laura Campbell
    Key Cast
    Doomsdays, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods
  • Geri-Nikole Love
    Key Cast
    Om City, No Strings Attached
  • Shannon Beeby
    Key Cast
  • Meng Ai
    Key Cast
    Broad City, Daredevil, Life During Wartime, Thanks for Sharing
  • Erin Fritch
    Key Cast
    House of Cards, The Good Wife, Igby Goes Down
  • Samuel Doublas Clark
    Key Cast
    Forever, A Reluctant Bride
  • Project Type:
    Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    35 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    July 9, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Brooklyn Webfest
    Brooklyn, New York
    October 17, 2015
    Best Series, Best Writing at Brooklyn Webfest
  • Austin Webfest

    Best Actress
  • Toronto Webfest
  • Korea Webfest
    Seoul, Korea
    July 31, 2015
    European Premiere
  • Vancouver Webfest
  • Indie Series Awards

    Best Actress in a Comedy, nomination
Director Biography - Kim Spurlock

Kim Spurlock, who is in no way the inspiration for Livin’ The Dream’s Kit Scanlon, got her MFA from NYU’s graduate film program. After making her angsty short films, Kim won several prestigious awards including a Student Academy award for her thesis film, Down in No. 5. She has several feature films in development, including A Case of the Dismals, a noirish mystery that was one of 12 projects selected worldwide for the Venice Biennale Cinema College. Kim lives in Brooklyn and when not tearing it up as a writer and director, she enjoys zumba and tormenting her farmboy/amazing husband, Ben.

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Director Statement

One of our strongest childhood memories in West Virginia is of listening to coal trains at all hours of the day and night. Train tracks divided our town in half, and the trains’ melancholy whistle was part of daily life. Every weekend my sister and I scraped together our allowance to go to the movies, and we had to cross under the tracks to get there. The passageway was dank and sinister, but we braved it. We raced under and back into the daylight as fast as we could arriving at the theater with only minutes to spare. One day we saw a movie called Blood Simple. We sat alone in the theater, heads resting side by side against the worn padding of the seats, and soaked in the images: a twirling ceiling fan, a bloody knife, and Frances McDormand’s beautiful face full of despair. And when we saw the names of Joel and Ethan Coen on the big screen, Kim told me that one day we would do the same thing. And so that’s us—Amerasians, Rednecks, Cinephiles, Goofballs.