New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Ana Serrano Official Website)
Focused on the charismatic cross-dressing character of Ruperto "Lola" Poblador, the fourth episode of interactive musical web series PRISON DANCER is a tribute to pop icon Lady Gaga's anti-bullying messages praising courage, self-love, and resilience in the midst of repression. "Lose Your Way" will be launched online April 19, 2012 at 9PM EDT on http://www.youtube.com/prisondancer.
An original interactive musical web series inspired by the viral YouTube phenomenon, the "Dancing Inmates of Cebu," PRISON DANCER is a "Glee-meets-Miss Saigon" adventure that paints a fictional portrait of people behind prison walls. In Episode 4, "Lose Your Way," the audience becomes better acquainted with Lola, a strong, self-determined queer enigma portrayed by rapidly rising Filipino-Canadian star Jeigh Madjus.
"She came to me out of nowhere, I swear!" laughs Romeo
Candido, the creator and writer of the series. "Lola is not based on a real person ... she is more like a mythical creature - the best dancer, the best fighter, and in her words, 'the pound for pound queen of the prison.'"
Candido also composed all of the original music in the series, which ranges from hip-hop to electronica. Songs such as "Pak Yow," inspired by Filipino boxing world champion and politician Manny Pacquiao, have been integral to the success of the web series so far; picked up by WorldStar Hip Hop, the song attained viral status with more than 300,000 views across multiple channels within a week of its release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydn6Qi95Vqc.
The interactive component of PRISON DANCER remains yet another element that sets the web series apart. In Episode 4 "Lose Your Way," the YouTube audience will have the opportunity to participate in the PRISON DANCER Remix Project where they can LISTEN to a special remix, DOWNLOAD the acapella version of "Lose Your Way, REMIX their own version and SHARE it on PRISON DANCER's Facebook page (http://facebook.com/prisondancer).
Filled with catchy pop tunes, star-crossed lovers, and engaging interactive elements, PRISON DANCER brings together the best of Broadway and YouTube entertainment and takes transmedia storytelling to the next level.
PRISON DANCER was created/written by Romeo
Candido (Ang Pamana: The Inheritance, Lolo's Child, Rolling Longaniza) and Carmen De Jesus (Ang Pamana: The Inheritance). Candido also directed and composed all the original music. The web series is produced by Ana Serrano (Late Fragment).
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PRISON DANCER is produced with the financial participation of Independent Production Fund Web Series Program.