The Dispatch From Thurston

‘Thurston’ to Screen at Three LA Web Events

March 12, 2014 | News

Thurston will participate in three web series events in Los Angeles in late March/early April 2014.  First up is LA WebFest where Thurston has previously screened and been honored with Best Drama, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor awards.  LA Web Fest runs from March 26 through March 30, 2014 and culminates in an award ceremony on closing night.  On April 2, 2014, the 5th Annual Indie Series Awards will be held in the beautiful El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.  Thurston has been nominated for six awards this year and won for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design at last year’s awards ceremony.  The week will end with a screening at the 3rd Annual HollyWeb Festival.  Once again, screenings will be held at the stunning Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios.  For schedules and more information about these events, please visit the websites at  www.lawebfest.com ,  www.indieseriesawards.com , and  www.hollywebfestival.com .

‘Thurston’ – A Story of Female Empowerment

March 10, 2014 | Press

In his thorough review of Thurston, Jeff Siniawsky of WebVee Guide writes “At its heart, Thurston is a story of female empowerment.”  Siniawsky then goes on to discuss the various powerful women (and men) in Thurston and concludes, “A terrific story is unfolding, one that is well written and well acted.  The location was beautiful and the cinematography showed it off while still depicting some of the harsher aspects of life in Thurston in 1881.  We’re looking forward to Season 3 to see where Ms. O’Sullivan is going to take us.”  Read the full article at  http://webveeguide.com/reviews/2014/03/thurston .

Liam Green-Hughes of Teleremix Reviews Thurston

November 30, 2013 | Press

“This is one of my favourite web series of all time and does a fantastic job at breathing new life into the Western genre,” writes Liam Green-Hughes of Teleremix.  “… the series builds up for a plot twist that promises to make season three a must-watch.  What will they pull out of the bag?  At the end of the last season it was a head, so anything could happen.”  Read the review at http://teleremix.com/post/67834991233/thurston-the-western-web-series-has-just .

Native Actors Autumn Morningstar Custalow Alfaro and Enrico Nassi Amongst New Cast Members

October 20, 2013 | News

The second half of Thurston’s season will not only introduce viewers to All My Children’s veteran actor Walt Willey’s Edmund Snead, but will bring with it the Cherokee storyline and the characters of Dr. Benjamin and Inolah Walkingstick.  “I’m thrilled that we are finally bringing the Cherokee story to Thurston.  It has been in my mind since the beginning but we wanted to wait until it could be done right and with Native actors in the roles,” said Thurston’s creator and writer Kathryn O’Sullivan. Enter Enrico Nassi and Autumn Morningstar Custalow Alfaro.  Nassi is a Washington, D.C. based actor, director, and teacher and a member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and a recognized member of the Cherokee Nation.  Alfaro is an artist and graphic designer who grew up on the Mattaponi Reservation and is very active in her tribe and educating others about her community.  “Kathryn and I had several conversations with both Enrico and Autumn about how the Cherokee would be portrayed.  We wanted it to be as authentic as possible, not a stereotype, and we wanted them to feel comfortable with the portrayal,” said director Paul Awad.  “Playing the character of Inolah was an easy role for me,” said Alfaro.  “It was like taking myself back in time.”

Rounding out the rest of the new additions are Richard Cutting, the creator, director, and writer of web series Milgram and the Fastwalkers who also plays Dr. Daniel Milgram in the show.  Cutting plays the Preacher, a character who has a key role in unfolding events.  Fellow Milgram castmate John C. Bailey joins Thurston as Pinkerton Detective Frank Daniels and Ariana Almajan will play the beguiling Marie Dumont.  “My first scenes with very talented local actors Ariana Almajan and John C. Bailey were a joy to do,” said Walt Willey.  “If this is any indication what it will be like to be a part of the Thurston Gang, this is gonna be some ride.”  New episodes begin airing Tuesday, October 22.

Stage and Screen Actor Walt Willey Joins the Cast of ‘Thurston’

October 6, 2013 | News

Thurston launches the second half of season 2 with four new episodes this month.  Joining the cast is stage and screen actor Walt Willey in the role of Edmund Snead, father of the naughty Snead boys and husband to Colleen Zenk’s madam Agnes. “Walt has been a wonderful addition to the Thurston family,” said Thurston creator and writer Kathryn O’Sullivan.  “Audiences are going to enjoy watching him as the charming rogue Edmund Snead and discover where some of his sons’ personality traits originate.”  Mr. Willey has been busy touring the country in his one man show Wild Bill! An Evening with James Butler Hickok and filming Tainted Dreams but he is perhaps best known for his role as Jackson Montgomery on All My Children.  ”I’m thrilled to be a part of Thurston and to be playing Edmund Snead,” said Mr. Willey.  “Kathryn O’Sullivan has written an extremely complex character in Edmund, one I can’t wait to inhabit.”  “Walt was a joy to work with,” added director and cinematographer Paul Awad. “It was great watching him bring the character to life and we can’t wait for viewers to see him in action.”

‘Thurston’ Selected a Winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards

May 31, 2013 | News

The Telly Awards has named Thurston as a Bronze Winner for online video-drama in the 34th Annual Telly Awards.  With nearly 11,000 entries from all fifty states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor.  The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and honors outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films.  Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.  Read more about the Telly Awards here.

‘Thurston’ Selected to the 3rd Annual Marseille Web Fest

May 27, 2013 | News

Thurston is honored to be one of thirty-two web series from around the world included as an Another Look Selection in the 3rd Annual Marseille Web Fest in Marseille, France.  The Marseille Web Fest is an international festival that offers web series screenings, conferences and workshops, and meetings with marketing professionals and producers.  The festival will be held in Marseille October 11-12, 2013.  Read more at Marseille Web Fest.

‘Thurston’ Screens/Wins at LA and DC Web Series Festivals

April 11, 2013 | News

Late March and early April saw screenings of Thurston on both coasts. On Sunday, March 31, 2013, Steven Quartell was honored with a Best Supporting Actor Award at LA WebFest for his role as Sheriff Nate Hart.  Thurston also had two screenings that weekend at the festival.  On Friday, April 5, 2013, Thurston screened in the beautiful Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios as part of the 2nd Annual HollyWeb Festival.  Co-Executive Producers Paul Awad and Kathryn O’Sullivan participated in informative panel discussions and later attended the blue carpet ceremony.  On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Thurston screened at the 1st Annual Washington, DC Web Series Festival where it was honored with the ITV Forerunner Award.  Thurston’s next screening will be at 2 pm on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the 27th Annual D.C. International Film Festival.

The Sixth Wall Discusses American Cowgirls and ‘Thurston’

April 4, 2013 | Press

The Sixth Wall’s Rebecca Muh traces the portrayal of women in Westerns from Jane Russell in The Outlaw to Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit and writes, “The culmination of the cowgirl’s journey is found online in KoldCast TV’s haunting western series Thurston…. the town of Thurston is full of dangerous women guarding secrets they’ll murder to keep.”  Read the full article that features photographs of some of the greatest portrayals of women in westerns at KoldCast TV.

‘Thurston’ Wins Two Awards at 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards

February 21, 2013 | News

On February 19, 2013, the 4th Annual Indie Soap Awards ceremony was held at New World Stages in New York.  Thurston was honored with two awards at the red carpet event.  Paul Awad took home the award for Best Cinematography and Kathryn O’Sullivan took home the Best Costume Design award.  Garrett Brennan was a nominee for Best Breakout Performance for his role as Owen Snead and Awad was also a nominee for Best Director – Drama.  Read the complete list of winners at We Love Soaps.