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New Mexico television series serves up PSA for teens and parents of Breaking Bad proportions

Posted by on April 29, 2014

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Where Breaking Bad was instantly dogged with criticism for the so-called glamorization of meth use and drug dealing, a prospective New Mexico television series takes up the reins of controversy, striking even closer at the heart of the average American home.

The New Mexico made series pilot, #Hashtag, will screen its trailer this Sunday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Film Festival, Jean Cocteau Cinema.

The premise is a dark thrill ride about the underbelly of social media and the online world where kids hang out today. It is a show about exploitation, manipulation, bullying, friendship and romance. “The feeling of being sixteen hasn’t changed, even when everything else has”, say filmmakers Hannah Macpherson and Angelique Midthunder.

The selection committee says #Hashtag “is a realistic look at teens and the online apps that shape their daily human experience. It is an exploration of how the new language of social media has impacted today’s youth, and how parents, law enforcers, and teachers can’t possibly keep up.”

With that, the series may well speak to anyone who is, or knows a young person who participates in online activity…could be a pretty sizable audience. And with popularity will likely come controversy.

Here’s a reminder of the swift action ‘Bad’ had to take to distinguish itself as anti-drug.

Following its debut screening, #Hastag is slated for meetings with major studio executives in consideration for pick-up and distribution. A look at the show’s premise short video has already elicited impassioned feedback*, including:

“The series follows a group of alcohol swigging, pot smoking ****** with daddy issues being lured by mother ******** pigs. Because men **** us up and then ***** us. Not necessarily in that order. If you are a parent, don’t get a ******* computer. Or if you have a computer, don’t give them the password to your youporn account. And don’t let them on “chat sites” you dumb ****, because there is some pedophile, in Minnetonka, driving an 18 wheeler to a Motel 8 to ******** your princess.”

With critiques like that, who needs focus groups. This controversial, real-world in your face drama looks ready, set, to air.

OHI checked in with local web savvy business, Drake Intel Group to get their tips and warnings for keeping kids off the wrong tracks on the world wide web. Check yourself against their checklist here.

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