May 22, 2024


Art Is Experience

Netflix to create anthology series about social distancing

It’s something that we are familiar with nowadays: social distancing.

From Zoom to Facetime, to Skype, we have adapted to the new way of life that the coronavirus pandemic has thrust upon us. But how would one do this for a movie?  That is where Jenji Kohan, creator of “Orange Is The New Black,” comes in.

Along with producers Tara Herrmann, Hilary Weisman Graham and Blake McCormick, Kohan plans to bring a new anthology series called “Social Distance” to Netflix.

“Our job as storytellers is to reflect reality, and in this new, bizarre, bewildering reality we are all experiencing, we feel passionate about finding connection as we all remain at a distance,” the producers said in a statement to CNN.

“We’ve been inspired to create an anthology series that tells stories about the current moment we are living through — the unique, personal, deeply human stories that illustrate how we are living apart, together.”

While a series like this would normally require meeting in person with writers, producers, actors and directors — none of that is happening. Instead, meetings will be conducted over the web.

“Writers never physically meet during the writing process. Our director, Diego Velasco, directs our talent remotely. Our showrunner, Hilary Weisman Graham, runs production from her living room,” the statement continued.

“Through a broad spectrum of tales and moments, some seismic and some mundane, we hope to capture a moment in time. And we hope that ‘Social Distance’ will help people feel closer to one another.”

No release date has been given yet by Netflix or Jenji Kohan.