Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival 2021 will have a great comedic digital series from Chicago competing in the episodic block this weekend. And that comes to us via the genius minds of Adriana Leonard’s and Carley Marcelle’s neurotic creation, Beta.
Premiering this Saturday, the dramedy stars Marcelle as the neurotic titular character, Beta, and Leonard as her optimistic assistant Angelina Khoury, AKA “Lini.”
The synopsis goes a little something like this – Angelina “Lini” is– was– Delta’s assistant. But now they’re… TBD. After Delta finds out her soul-sucking corporate consulting job is officially a dead-end, Lini convinces her to pursue her daydream of becoming an “entrepreneur.”
What begins as a strange work dynamic between an odd couple eventually grows into two women recognizing the best (and the worst) in each other, and deciding that they’re stronger as a team, in both life and business. Watch the trailer below:
As we jump backward and forward in time exploring how these two women met, we bear witness to the sequence of events that make Delta realize that Lini never was an assistant, but the perfect complementary, and much needed, business partner in development. What begins as a strange work dynamic between an odd couple eventually grows into two women recognizing the best (and the worst) in each other, and deciding that they’re stronger as a team, in both life and business.
When Reel 360 spoke with Adriana, she had this to say about the series, “Premiering Beta at Bentonville Film Fest is an unparalleled experience for me as a filmmaker. I’m so proud to share our series at a festival completely aligned with our mission and true North Star … “if she can see it, she can be it.”
Leonard also noted, “I’m so humbled to share our art and our screening with the incredibly talented filmmakers here at Bentonville Film Fest. To sit in a room so full of so many diverse voices has filled my soul and expanded my perspective and for that, I’m so grateful.”
Creative partner, Marcelle, added, “The goal was always to help audiences to envision women as CEOs in STEM industries and outside of traditionally female-dominant industries like beauty and fashion. To help women process a challenging cultural landscape and a time of heated identity crisis across the nation. These changes impact all of us, regardless of gender. BETA aims to speak to these sensitive realities through a relatable, character- driven, comedic narrative that we see as the next big half hour, franchise series. There is a need for this story and now is the time.”
If you are attending the Bentonville Fest look for the schedule here.
All information on the series can be found at www.betatheseries.com