Kathryn O’Sullivan’s Western Web Series Nominated for Three Awards

The online Western drama series written and co-produced by Professor Kathryn O’Sullivan (CST, MA) has been nominated for three Indie Soap Awards.

“Thurston” is in the running for Best Web Series (Drama). In addition, Catherine Frels is contending for Best Actress (Drama) and Paul Awad for Best Director (Drama). A large “Thurston” entourage will attend the red carpet ceremony on February 21 in New York City where Frels will be an awards presenter.

“Thurston” tells the story of residents of a remote mining town in the Kansas Ozarks and their struggle for survival. The first three episodes were filmed at the Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre in Bristow, Virginia, and Virginia City near Wytheville, Virginia.

“During the first weekend in February, we will be filming new episodes in Bristow and Spotsylvania in Virginia, as well as Piscataway in Maryland. We plan another trip to Wytheville in the spring or summer,” O’Sullivan said.

Several people with NOVA connections are involved in the production. Lisa Nanni-Messegee (CST, MA) serves as production manager and Todd Messegee (ART, MA) is assistant director and set photographer. One of O’Sullivan’s current students, Nicholas Barry, is a production assistant and two former students, Bob Martin and Garry Westcott, have roles in the series.

The drama has attracted a substantial following and is currently the top new show on VBCtv, an online entertainment network (http://www.vbctv.com). New episodes will air in February. For more information about “Thurston,” see the website at http://www.thurston-series.com/ or contact O’Sullivan at kosullivan@nvcc.edu. Go to http://welovesoaps.com/isa/ to learn about the Indie Soap Awards.

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