‘Ragged Isle’ in the West End
London, England — The multiple-award-winning Maine-produced web series “Ragged Isle” will premiere its eagerly awaited final season Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Raindance Web Fest, part of the 21st annual Raindance Film Festival, in the heart of London's West End.
“Ragged Isle,” a three-season, 22-episode mystery-suspense web series set on a remote Maine island, was conceived in 2010 by the husband-and-wife team of Barry and Karen Dodd, who grew up in Waldo County and graduated from Belfast Area High School. The Dodds, The Entertainment Experiment's co-founders and Ragged Isle's director and executive producer, gathered a team of talented Maine artists including writers, actors and musicians to help them fulfill their dream.
The show debuted online in March 2011, meeting with critical acclaim almost immediately. The national podcast Indie Intertube, which reviews web series from around the world, praised the show on the day it launched, and the following week named it Drama of the Week, an honor repeated four more times over the show's two seasons.
The series cultivated fans not just from Maine, but also from around the world, with enthusiastic praise coming from Ireland, England, Germany and elsewhere. After the first season concluded, members of the cast — which includes Matinicus’ Suzanne Rankin — and crew attended the third annual Indie Soap Awards in New York City, where “Ragged Isle” was up for eight awards and won three including Best Series (Drama). The next year, the second season won the Indie Soap Award for Best Director for Barry Dodd, his second win in that category.
Since 1993, the Raindance Film Festival has annually uncovered some of the hottest films and filmmakers to hit the cinematic scene. Movies that premiered at Raindance include “Pulp Fiction,” “Memento” and “The Blair Witch Project.” This year's Web Fest marks the first time the festival has included web-based content.
The festival premiere will screen in Raindance's Web Fest Programme at Vue Cinema Piccadilly (Apollo). Barry and Karen Dodd will be in attendance. The season will start “airing” online Oct. 31, Halloween. For more information and to watch the first two seasons, visit raggedisle.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or email@example.com.