When a slacker New York post-grad discovers he is a Demon, he must struggle through his training to tempt a mortal soul.
Inspired by the fantasy stories of writers like C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters), Dante (The Divine Comedy), Milton (Paradise Lost), the Book of Revelations, and the “seven deadly sins,” Hellgate Academy is about a young man from Astoria, New York who learns after years of living as a human, that he is actually a Demon. We follow his story as he struggles through his Tempter training at Hellgate Academy.
Accessed through a secret door under Hellgate Bridge, which is an actual bridge in Astoria Park in an outer borough of New York City, Hellgate Academy is like the ivy leagues of demon schools. Our hero, Warren is only there because his uncle is a high ranking official in the demon government. After Warren gets in a few mishaps in his first few days at school, the students are assigned a Human to tempt to the Darkness. But it turns out that Warren is not good at this at all.
Each episode follows Warren as he attempts to practice a different skill, commonly known as the Seven Deadly Sins. The real struggle for Warren is not being able to achieve success despite all the evidence that this is his calling. But there is a deeper truth. He fails so much at being evil because he may not truly be entirely evil, and he is at the center of a battle larger than all of humanity, angels, and demons.
Everyone battles their personal demons… but some demons aren’t very good at the job.
CREATED & WRITTEN BY
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
SOUND MIX/POST PRODUCTION SOUND MIX
Jason Michael Miller
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Kane Prestenback as Warren Wood
Kane Prestenback is a New York actor, singer, puppeteer, movement & voice performer. His TV roles include appearances on Travel Channel, Lifetime, Discovery ID, & American Heroes Channel, and lead roles in many short films and webseries. Theatre credits include New York Musical Theatre Festival, Gallery Players, Broadway’s Circle in the Square (w/ Theodore Mann), The Public Theater, Westside Theatre, Symphony Space, and Old Vic New Voices. Regional credits include Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Luna Stage, Swine Palace Productions, Shakespeare & Co, & Mad Cow Theatre. Notable shows/roles: “Thrill Me” Southeastern premiere, “The Tallest Building in the World” World-Premiere, “Urinetown: The Musical” (Bobby Strong), “What the Butler Saw” (Nicholas Beckett), “Little Shop of Horrors” (Seymour), George M Cohan’s “The Tavern” (The Vagabond), and “Kid-Simple” (Oliver). Kane made his London Theatrical debut at The Old Vic in the inaugural TS Eliot US/UK Exchange, in association with Kevin Spacey. Training: Circle in the Square Theatre School. Proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Kristin Parker as Kalli
KRISTIN PARKER is known for her work on Orange is the New Black and her starring role in the new pilot: Maturity, one of two pilots released for Made In NY’s Greenlight Her project. Kristin’s work can also be seen on Blue Bloods, Law & Order: SVU and the webseries Split. Kristin has performed off-Broadway at the Soho Playhouse, The DR2, and The Theatre at St. Clements; Regionally at Arkansas Rep, The Kaufman Center, Speakeasy Stage, Old Castle, Fiddlehead, and NSMT; and developed work at Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, The Cherry Lane, The Lucille Lortel, Origin Theatre, Urban Stages and The York. When Kristin’s not acting, she can probably be found baking bread in her cozy Brooklyn kitchen.
TBD as Kamin Tappe
Lukas Poost as Coffee Maker
TBD as Jordan Dexter
Another List, Of Names, Of People, Who Stopped, By And, Played Extras, In That, One Scene
Thanks to everyone who donated to our Indiegogo campaign! Because of your contributions, pre-production is underway for our pilot episode, titled “First Rites.” Filming is expected to begin in June. Stay tuned for more details.
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