IRL: When Society Takes a Selfie
TORONTO, ON— August 31, 2016 — In Real Life (also known as IRL: The Series) is a new web series created by Bobby Del Rio. It explores the intersection of social media culture and contemporary life through twelve 5 – 8 minute episodes. The episodes are presented in an anthology format; each with a unique genre, style, tone and point of view. They cover relevant topics that resonate with a wide range of viewers such as: online infidelity, cyberbullying, augmented personas and more.
“Social media is all of us,” says Del Rio, “the stories that we’re telling in the series [are] all of our stories.”
About the Creator
Bobby Del Rio is best known as the writer and director of the feature film The Market; based on Del Rio’s original play of the same name. The film was called “cinematic brilliance” by the Jagran Film Festival in India and screened in Italy at the Social Machinery Film Festival. The Market will be making its US premiere at the Universal Film Festival in Kansas City. With a 20-year career as an actor, playwright, screenwriter, director and producer, IRL is the culmination of all of Del Rio’s varied skills and experiences in the industry.
About the Series
Bobby Del Rio initiated IRL: The Series by posting in a Facebook group stating he wanted to create a new piece of work and would employ anyone who wanted to be a part of it. “I literally thought that we were going to have maybe five or ten people say ‘cool, let’s shoot a short film…” says Del Rio, “and then 65 people signed up in 36 hours!” At that moment, the IRL collective was born.
As the project evolved, several months of improvisation rehearsals lead to a very strong ensemble of actors who trusted and supported each other. These months of work were distilled into several blocks of story ideas. Once the story ideas were whittled down to a larger narrative, the IRL Indiegogo campaign was launched. “Not only did we hit our goal, we went a few thousand dollars OVER our goal – and generated the interest of Bell Media to acquire us for television broadcast.” Del Rio reveals, “We will also have web-only surprises on the way too. So don’t get too comfortable: When you least expect it, we may change something up on you.”
About Bell Fibe TV1
Fibe TV1 is a unique on-demand channel that offers high quality, local content. Viewers can watch In Real Life on the Fibe TV App or on Channel 1. Fibe TV1 is a part of Bell Media and is only available to Fibe TV subscribers which can be purchased at bell.ca.
For more information on In Real Life:
Official Website: irltheseries.com
Fibe TV1 Page: In Real Life