AFTER FOREVER SEASON 2
Director: Tina Cesa Ward
Run Time: 1 hour 40 mins
Collection: WEB SERIES
Date/Time: WED JUN 24 1:00PM & 7:15PM
Ticket Options: DAY PASS/ALL FESTIVAL PASS
Web Series, Feature Film, LGBTQ, Drama, Mature Content
5 TIME EMMY AWARD WINNER
Description: AFTER FOREVER is the story of Brian and Jason, whose love and marriage were supposed to last forever until one day, ‘forever’ is cut short, Brian must now learn to negotiate, not only his grief, but the world as a, now, single gay man in his early 50’s and his friends (gay and straight) must learn to to deal with love and loss as well. It’s a love story with a twist, that speaks to everyone. Columbia Film Festival was proud to present Season 1 last year and Season 2 continues to receive critical raves. AFTER FOREVER Season 2 leads this year’s Emmy race, entering into the final Blue-Ribbon Round with 9 Emmy pre-nominations, again including one for Outstanding Digital Daytime Drama Series 2020.
Creators, Michale Slade and Kevin Spirtas, set out to create a series focused on 50-ish gay men… who too often disappear from the canvas of popular entertainment. We are thrilled that AFTER FOREVER has found universal appeal and we would love to continue making sure communities all over the world are able to share in our message.
Director Bio: Tina Cesa Ward started her career writing and directing short films and also directing for the stage. Her short film, In Their Absence screened around the world and was named one of the best short films of the decade by Festival de cortos MíraLes in 2011. In 2008, Tina jumped online and was the Co-Executive Producer/Co-Writer/Director of the hit independent scripted drama, Anyone But Me. Anyone But Me has reached over 70 million views worldwide and has brought home nearly ever industry award, highlighted by Tina (along with Susan Miller) winning the first ever Writers Guild of America Award for Original New Media. Tina has been nominated several times for her directing as well, and won the International Academy of Web TV Award for Best Directing in a Drama. Additionally, Tina wrote and directed the award winning series Producing Juliet, Good People in Love and directed the branded series Bestsellers. Tina is also a published comic book writer with her current series in release, Delegates.
Creator Bios: MICHAEL SLADE | Co-Creator/Writer Playwright, librettist, award-winning children’s author, and multiple Emmy-award winning television writer. Michael received two 2019 Daytime Emmys for his work as co-Executive Producer and co-Creator and Writer of the first season of After Forever. His plays, which have been produced in NYC, Los Angeles, on National Tours, and by numerous regional theaters, as well as theaters in Europe, Asia, South America and Australia have featured such actors as Colleen Dewhurst, Kate Burton, Billy Crudup, Andrew Rannells, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Corbin Bleu. In addition to After Forever, his TV credits include Another World (WGA Award nomination), One Life to Live (Emmy nomination), Days of Our Lives, and Passions.
KEVIN SPIRTAS | Co-Creator/Writer In 2008 the 30-year acting veteran, produced the NY Shakespeare Festival reading-presentation of Don Cummings’: A Good Smoke, starring Academy Award winner actress, Meryl Streep, and directed by Tony Award winning director, Pam McKinnon. Shortly following in 2009, Spirtas made his debut as a Broadway producer on the critically acclaimed revival of: Finian’s Rainbow, In 2012 he co-produced the hit Broadway musical: Priscilla…Queen of the Desert. Kevin gives a special thanks to his producing partners, Alan and Barbara Marks for mentoring him and teaching him with grace and style how to get a show onto Broadway and for encouraging him to head west to produce: AFTER FOREVER. In 2019, Spirtas won 3 Daytime Emmys for his work as co-Executive Producer/co-Creator, Writer, and Lead Actor of the first season AFTER FOREVER