Hard To Be Me
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New York International Independent Film and Video Festival

New Media Fest - Phoenix Int'l Christian Film Fest

REEL Film Festival - DC

Bayou City Inspirational Film Festival

Accolade - TV Series

Accolade - Leading Actor

Accolade - Leading Actress

Indie Fest - TV Pilot

Indie Fest - Direction

LA Movie Awards

LA Awards

Colorado Film Festival

Nevada Film Festival

Yosemite Film Festival

Oregon Film Awards

Indie Gathering

Park City Film Music Festival

Skyfest III - Certificate of Excellence

About the Show

Hard to Be Me revolves around Kevin Hamilton (Edward Robert Bach), a second year art-college student, who likes to express himself through his art. When his COMM 101 teacher turns out to be the intimidating Dr. Candice Wilkes (Kelli Biggs), Kevin is thrown for a loop. Things go from bad to worse when Dr. Wilkes assigns a weekly video-log (vlog) instead of a final exam. Suddenly, not only does Kevin have to use coherent words to pass his course, he must do so on a weekly basis while mastering the technology.

During the course of Kevin's exploration, we meet his quirky art school friends and his family members. The episode is shown from multiple time-perspectives and points-of-view: three girls in a coffee shop viewing the finished vlog, Kevin's "real" time making of the vlog, interactions with his friends, and a retired couple who are learning about the technology for the first time.

The feel of the show is a mixture of the best comedy-dramas from the past three decades, with family-friendly characters who are entertaining and relatable. Unlike many of today's TV programs that view the world, and particularly young people, in a cynical light, Hard To Be Me captures today's youth and families in a comical and positive manner that has not been seen on TV in recent years.

At its core, Hard To Be Me focuses on the value of relationships and the links between people. Hard To Be Me takes the viewer inside the everyday world of today's students and social technologies.

Further Reading / Press (links open in a new window)

More good news for local TV Pilot "Hard to Be Me"
The Examiner (published October 15, 2010)
Regular readers know I have been following the happenings of locally produced TV pilot "Hard to Be Me". I gladly pass on this stunning, fresh piece of good news about the show...

"Hard to Be Me" receives theme song by Cyndi Lauper, Awards; Art in Real Life, LLC signs agent
The Eerie Digest and Hollywood Insider Magazine (published October 1, 2010)
This is our official press release announcing our theme song by Cyndi Lauper, our Film Festival Awards, and our contract with TV Agent, Trisha Campo and the URAZ Agency.

Jesus on the Red Carpet
The Cypress Times (published September 13, 2010)
This article is a press release from the Phoenix New Media Fest featuring a picture of Edward Robert Bach with Festival Director, Patricia King. The article also mentions our win for "Best TV Show or Pilot."

Hard to Be Me shoots for prime time televsion
The Accolade Competition articles (published September 1, 2010)
This article, by Debbie L. Skylar, includes interviews with Edward Robert Bach and Erik Cieslewicz, and celebrates our three Accolade Award wins and new theme by Cyndi Lauper.

Local Actor, Screen Writer, Wins Awards - Pilot Gains Theme Song by Lauper
Mt. Vernon Gazette (published August 19, 2010)
This article focuses on Edward Robert Bach primarily, but also talks about the theme song by Cyndi Lauper, Accolade Awards, Festivals, and much more.

Interview with Erik Cieslewicz
The Eerie Digest and Hollywood Insider magazine (published August 1, 2010)
Erik talks about his career, where he came from, where he's headed, and, of course, Hard to Be Me.

Local Pilot Does it Again
DC Examiner (published July 15, 2010)
Hard to Be Me wins multiple Accolade Television Awards.

Interview with Edward Bach - Hard to Be Me Pilot
The Eerie Digest and Hollywood Insider magazine (published July 1, 2010)
Read this in-depth discussion about the putting the production together, filming, and the festivals, awards, and future hopes for the show. With Edward Robert Bach (Creator, Writer), Erik Cieslewicz (Director), Virginia Ryker (Producer), Kendra North and Megan Hurst (Actors).

Good News About Hard to Be Me TV Pilot
DC Examiner (published May 11, 2010)
Read this article celebrating the Official Selection of Hard to Be Me into the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.

Interview With the Creators of Hard to Be Me
DC Examiner (published March 15, 2010)
Read this article which features interviews and quotes from various cast and crew of Hard to Be Me.

Hard to Be Me TV Pilot Features Many DC Actors
DC Examiner (published March 11, 2010)
Read this favorable review from the preview screening of the Pilot.

Cieslewicz Directs Pilot for TV
The Wittenberg Enterprise and Birnamwood News (Published March 4, 2010)
A story about Hard to Be Me Director, Erik Cieslewicz.

Resident Creates, Writes, and Acts in New TV Show
Mt. Vernon Gazette (published March 4, 2010)
Read this story on Series Creator, Edward Robert Bach.


Kevin and Patricia
Juliet and Olivia
Kevin and Shannon

Technical Specs:

Genre: Dramedy
Cameras: Sony EX1
Format: HD Widescreen 16:9
Target Running Time: approx. 43 mins


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