‘Gentefied’ season 1 is now streaming on Netflix and HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with the creators, writers, and EPs of the collection about their highway from an online collection to Netflix.
Gentefied has had fairly the journey. The Netflix dramatic comedy is customized from the 2017 Sundance digital darling. The collection follows three Mexican-American cousins battle to chase the American Dream, even whereas that very same dream threatens the issues they maintain most pricey: their neighborhood, their immigrant grandfather, and the household taco store. Marvin Lemus and Linda Yvette Chavez are the creators, writers, and government producers of the collection and so they spoke EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife concerning the collection which means a lot to them.
“It’s been a four-year journey,” Marvin instructed HollywoodLife. “We began writing the online collection in 2015 and we shot it in 2016. We by no means received to launch the online collection. We premiered it at Sundance and we had been making an attempt to we’re hoping to search out distribution for the online collection. Based off the trailer that we had lower and launched, we received a number of consideration from TV networks who had been like, ‘Can this be a TV show? Can you come up with a pitch in a couple weeks?’ Those couple weeks was 5 months of growing out what Gentefied as a TV present would seem like. It was not the intention. We had been simply making an attempt to make an incredible net collection after which see what doorways it would open. We didn’t think about that this can grow to be the precise factor. We ended up at Netflix, which was at all times our dream of desires, to have the ability to create one thing that was accessible to my cousins again dwelling in Bakersfield. They’re on Netflix. They don’t have a lot else. We had been like, we must be someplace the place our neighborhood goes to see it and likewise someplace that’s going to allow us to make this as bilingual as potential. That’s going to be absolutely in Spanish and in English, the best way that we stay our lives and transfer by the world.”
Marvin and Linda additionally revealed that the Netflix collection options some modifications from the online collection. “It’s mostly a new story but because the digital series has so many characters that are so beloved and the anthological feel that the digital series had where like every episode was a different character, the people who were able to see it really loved that,” Linda mentioned. “We wanted to maintain some of that and also create kind of a hybrid with a traditional medium of storytelling in TV. We kind of paired those together and created something that could really capture the essence of some of the themes and topics that we talked about in the digital series, and even a few storylines that we brought into the TV series that we really loved from that that we wanted people to see.”
Marvin added, “We wanted to create something that was binge-able but that would still allow us to jump into different characters’ points of view and to really build out a tapestry of the community.”
Gentefied focuses on the lives of Ana, Erik, and Chris and the “the theme of community versus self.” Marvin continued, “They all fall somewhere on the spectrum of these extremes. You know, Ana is somewhere in the middle, Chris is on one end, Erik’s on the other, and Pop is somewhere in the middle. They’re all going to challenge each other and test each other’s beliefs when it comes to the American Dream versus putting family first.”