YouTube is always buzzing with a new series or shows for the denizens of Generations– Millennial and Z–to clamor over. However, where is the originality? Where is the story that makes us think outside the box, or even better, present a new perspective? Aren’t we all tired of reboots?
“Brothaland?” created by and starring DMV content creator, Cardo Wanzer, seems to be the answer!
Produced by Voir Isle Productions, Brothaland? centers on two friends, Red (Alex Gicinto) and Blue (Cardo Wanzer), two young and disgruntled dance teachers navigating the world and the dynamics of their friendship as a straight and gay men, respectively. Red seems to be an unwitting ladies’ man, able to get by on his looks and talent; meanwhile Blue has a “no nonsense” approach to life and deals with a toxic relationship with his handsome, but selfish boyfriend, Pinkston (Gary Lavard). Red and Blue are truly like brothers, a fresh take on and an attempt to normalize close male friendships. The series is rounded out a by a host of other characters, with color-based names as well.
We attended a screening in Alexandria, Virginia for this series earlier this week where family, friends, and fans gathered in support of Cardo. There, the creator explained the purpose of the series was to show that straight and gay men can actually be friends without their being some pending, forbidden erotic encounter with one another. “…You can go other places in the world and men have close, intimate friendships regardless of their sexuality. We need to show that here as well. Men are more than sex, and friendships between straight and gay men aren’t impossible.”
Cardo went on to discuss how utilized–as actress and screenwriter, Issa Rae, coined it, “reaching across the table”–to create and produce the series with his friends and associates, many of which he has known for years. “I’ve been really blessed to having an amazing family and friends who believe in me and support my vision…I know this wouldn’t have been possible without all their help, it really does take a village…”
Chasing your dreams is never easy; and truthfully the first step in dream catching is the most treacherous. However, Mr. Wanzer has managed, with the help of those around him to create an indie series comprised of short episodes that not only make a point, but entertain you as well. We look forward to watching him grow, glow, and flourish. Honestly, besides wishing the episodes were longer; there’s nothing NOT to love about this budding series it is filled with too much promise. Hey Cardo, well done, what’s next?
You can watch the series premiere of “Brothaland?” on YouTube at 10 PM EST by clicking https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZMYQopDronphleyUtVe7iQ. Happy viewing!