Episode One: Robby and Chris make themselves at home(less) on Wesleyan’s campus.
Last week we posted about “Postponed,” a brand new web series about—and, I think, primarily by—unemployed recent Wesleyan graduates. True to promise, Future House Pictures dropped the debut episode yesterday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and true to promise, it’s a scathing, unnervingly bitter rumination on living in a trailer, trying to get a job at Best Buy, and growing a filthy mustache. It’s frankly more disconcerting than funny, and the subtext seems to be that if you don’t identify with this now, just wait two or three years. Who’s ready to laugh?
The whole episode seems to have been filmed in the Vine St. parking lot, where Chris Correa ’10 and Robby Hardesty ’12 furiously debate the pros and cons of hitting on “Freshmen 11” girls, and the web series cleverly takes its title from a term referring to the most recent generation of college graduates “who cannot enter adulthood due to over/underqualification in an unhealthy economy.” As
Hardesty Correa despairs in the episode, “We’re too overqualified for any minimum-wage job. We’re too inexperienced for any job we give a shit about it. This place owes us something more than just monthly student loans.”
(This Times article from August probably expresses the sentiment a bit more eloquently, but who wants to read this shit when you’re busy writing cover letters and figuring out the right margin-length on your resume?)
At any rate, you can check out the first episode here, previous short clips here, and a brief interview with the creators here. As always, Postponed includes Chris Correa ’10, Brian Velsor ’11, and Ian Park ’11 as directors; Gabe Elder ’11, Brian Velsor, and Ian Park as editors; Chris Correa and Brian Velsor as writers; and Robby Hardesty ’12 and Chris Correa as actors. Here are a few more trailers and shorts.