A platonic love story between two best friends, Cassie and Mackenzie, in their final year of college as they transition into adulthood. Mackenzie, recently out, embraces her sexuality and tries to catch up on everything she has missed during her teenage years, while Cassie ends a long term relationship with her boyfriend and discovers her life isn’t going as planned. Both struggle to keep their friendship together as they begin growing apart.
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Toronto-based Almost Adults filmmakers say no thanks to the theatrical distribution deal
Sarah Rotella and Adrianna DiLonardo, creators of the YouTube Gay Women’s Channel, stay true to their online fans.
Take the connection between Sarah Rotella and Adrianna Di Lonardo, director and writer of Almost Adults. The two Niagara Falls-born filmmakers became friends in high school and by their mid-20s had already become the darlings of the online lesbian community via their very funny Gay Women’s Channel on YouTube.
Friendship is at the centre of the comedy, as besties straight Cassie (Natasha Negovanlis) and lesbian Mackenzie (Elise Bauman) try to stay close while going through major life changes.
Rotella credits the friendship between her two stars as essential to making the characters’ relationship believable.
“Elise and Natasha had had a working relationship and been friends for years,” she says at a weirdly quiet Fox and Fiddle. “When they came in to read, their relationship was so obvious. It just seemed like a great idea to build on that relationship rather than start with people who didn’t know each other and have to work from the ground up.”
Rotella and DiLonardo are unusual not only because they’re one of the first teams to produce a queer YouTube series with such success — we’re talking over 97 million views. They also said no to a theatrical deal with their distributor, Gravitas.