“Joy Gohring, the show’s director, whose previous series “DateAHuman.com” was praised for its high quality on a low budget, seems to be the go-to girl for Web content these days.”
…After connecting with the cast, it made me think how awesome “Undergrads: South” would be on MTV. Compared to “Jersey Shore” and “My Super Sweet 16,” it’s refreshing to watch a reality show about the human spirit in a state of creation instead of a state of chaos. Sure college can be about getting drunk and getting laid, but what about the part where students actually try to make something of themselves? I’m sure there are at least a few undergrads out there who can relate to that.
Sola Fasehun, June 2012
James Franco may be America’s most visible grad student or at least its busiest one. Though his own academic projects may be everywhere, Franco and his Rabbit Bandini producing partner, Vince Jolivette, have turned their attention to the lives of other students through the documentary web series Undergrads.
…Gohring explained that shooting the show in Austin was a natural choice for Rabbit Bandini. “With an active film scene and the fact that Austin has such a unique culture, it just made sense to document students here.” The result, Undergrads: South is the third in the series, and it makes for some compelling computer-watching (or, you know, TV streaming).
The premise may sound a little metafiction-y – people making movies about people making movies – but in fact Undergrads: South is docu-reality. The Web series chronicles the creative processes, hopes, and hang-ups of film students, mostly produced by film students and alums from the University of Texas.
Director Joy Gohring said it was an easy sell: “Austin has such a strong film community, as well as a great film school, we all felt it was more relevant to shoot it in Austin.”