Jerod Couch is set to debut his critically acclaimed series #WASHED with first ever Binge Watch premiere
The series #WASHED is a conflicted young professional wakes up on his 30th birthday in the midst of a quarter-life crisis.
Jerod Couch is a 2 time Emmy winner (11-time Nominee) & a proud alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. #WASHED was Jerod’s foray into long-term scripted content. He was determined to create a series that could stand toe-to-toe with bigger budget productions. Jerod took a deliberate &creative approach in each phase of production.
The series #WASHED is a conflicted young professional wakes up on his 30th birthday in the midst of a quarter-life crisis. Perplexed at how he went to sleep one day next to a trap house and woke up in a penthouse, he searches for the fountain of youth with his best friend, a drug-dealing bookworm. #Washed is short for "washed up", represents a quasi-purgatory of life in which you aren’t quite an "old head" but no longer a "young buck."
Being #WASHED is a reckoning between your aging body & mental state permanently stuck at age 22. For Mark Fields, this contrast is even starker as his childhood best friend Eric, a drug-dealing bookworm, is living his "best life" while Mark is struggling with adulthood. Mark commences to chase his youth while taking for granted his stable corporate career & relationship of five years.
#WASHED was shot in Dallas, Texas and was financed entirely by Director Jerod Couch and executive producer Corey Pratt. Jerod Couch released a statement which read, "One evening, Corey Pratt & I were headed out for drinks but before we reached our destination we had to make a pit stop. Minutes later, we were in a "trap-house;" my eyes darted from guns, drugs, money & weathered faces of childhood friends. Flying above the room, my conscience contemplated this foreign but familiar existence from my youth. I dapped everyone up with a cool & calm demeanor, inside my gut was uneasy."
In-and-out, I breathed a sigh of relief as we reached the car & departed to party amongst hipsters & young professionals, only miles away but a world apart. The rest of the evening I contemplated how life comes at you so fast. One day we fall asleep as a kid in the "hood" & in the blink of an eye, we are full fledge adults straddling two worlds & two identities. That’s the genesis of #WASHED.
The underlying theme of the entire show is, how does one cling to their youth while transitioning into adulthood? this dynamic parallels perfectly for those few that rise out of the "hood" to a cushy lifestyle. It’ s a battle versus father time & relinquishing old identities.
The character of Mark Fields will be played by Corey Pratt who is ambitious and determined. He has come from very humble beginnings and has learned early on in life that he would have to create his own opportunities and build his life. He dove head-first as the co-writer of #WASHED and also created an opportunity to live out his passion. His portrayal of an urban, aging, millennial marks his acting debut.
Nadirah Shakir plays the character of 'MYA' and has been acting since the age of two. She recently wrapped a feature film titled 'Dana's Story' and a busy year with performances in Watch Night; A Freedoms Eve Story and #WASHED.
#WASHED is scheduled to premiere on June 28 in Dallas, Texas at the Angelika Theater. The pre-screenings were very controversial because of the 'colorful language' used and the former ESPN producer unapologetically delivers this story. To date, #WASHED has been selected to the Dances With Films film festival and was a semi-finalist for the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.
The rest of the cast includes:
Corey Pratt- Mark Fields
Mya Clarington- Nadirah Shakir
Eric- Byron Hardy
Amber- Jaquai Wade
John- Kenny Horne
Carmen- Ashlee Kegler Lee
Aubrey- Bonnie Gayle
Brandon- Jarric Tucker
Barry- Judah A
Ju- Tony Williams
Aloysius- Kendale Pratt
Tiffany- Tiffany Westly
Josh- Josh Wise
Keisha- Chloe Wallace
Voiceover- Courtney Hughes
Carl Fields- Joseph Shelby
Joyce Fields- Tasha Griffin