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Project Name: Social Security
Asking For: $3,000 through Indiegogo
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $2,106
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 16
Description: Immigration continues to make headlines in the U.S., and if the creative duo of Robbie Tann and Shayan Shojaee can raise enough funds, that topic will be at the center of a new web series as well. Tann and Shojaee have turned to Indiegogo supporters in search of help for Social Security, a story about an immigrant who looks to find both cultural and legal acceptance in his new country.
Based on that description, you might think that Social Security will be a very serious show, but it will actually live somewhere in the grey area between comedy and drama. With what we can only expect will be a combination of wit and charm, Tann and Shojaee hope to tell a story based on Shjaee’s own; like the protagonist in his new show, he too emigrated to the U.S. and had to acclimate himself to a new culture. He and his co-creator offer more context in the pitch video they shared alongside their project.
Creator Bio: Both Tann and Shojaee have TV experience. The former actor has appeared on CBS’ Limitless, while the latter has been seen on Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
Best Perk: Backers who deliver at least $250 will inspire a sketch from the Social Security team. If you have a funny name, that’s all the better.
Why You Should Fund It: Clearly, this is a very personal project for Shojaee, which lends credence the idea that he will inject Social Security with the passion it will need to stand out from the pack. Both he and Tann have enough experience that they can be trusted to put together a smart, polished product. As they have almost reached their goal, your support can push them over the edge and ensure that Social Security becomes a reality.
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