STORY BY: ASHLEY OLMEDO
Last semester I wrote a piece called “Surviving the Distance” about my long-distance relationship with my boyfriend. A couple weeks later a show creator reached out to me asking if I’d like to review his new web series, Distance.
Distance is based on Alex Dobrenko’s three-year long-distance relationship. Dobrenko is not only the creator of the show but also stars in the leading role as Sam. The web series focuses on the ups and downs of being in a long-distance relationship and allows the viewer to view both sides of the story. One perspective from Emily, (Ashley Spillers) a graduate student and urban farmer from Los Angeles and another perspective from Sam, (Alex Dobrenko) a New York-based photographer. It’s made up of 11 mini-episodes and as the viewer, you choose which side you want to see first.
It’s funny, relatable and shows how much technology has helped create the LDR community. You see how much effort each character puts in, in order to make the relationship work. You notice that one character may put in more time than the other or may be willing to sacrifice more; which sadly happens in a lot of long distance relationships. You see how technology can both be a friend and a foe and all the frustrating struggles in between.
Distance is a unique piece on its own, it depicts the new reality of relationships. It’s about how distance pushes the characters to their limits. Whether it be about time, sacrifice, love or personal growth; Distance covers the good, the bad and the ugly.
If you’d like to catch the upcoming web series, tune in to their website or YouTube to catch the show, which premiered on April 24.