RHYME ANIMAL the Cannibal Hip-Hop M.C. Poised to Devour Koldcast.TV

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Hot off its win as Best Web Series at the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival, the highly anticipated hip-hop web series makes its online debut on Koldcast.TV, the premier Web TV network.

Dirty. Edgy. Aggressive. Rhyme Animal is one of the most exciting series I've seen to date. With stellar acting, twisted storylines and an unbelievable soundtrack, it will leave you hungry for more

RHYME ANIMAL (http://www.rhymeanimal.tv) makes its home at Koldcast.TV -- the premier destination for high quality web-based programming. Following a successful festival run, which included the Independent Television Festival, the New York Television Festival and ended with winning “Best Web Series” at the Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival earlier this month, the acclaimed series settles down to make its home at the on-demand next-generation television network (Monday October 25th, 2010).

“Dirty. Edgy. Aggressive. Rhyme Animal is one of the most exciting series I’ve seen to date. With stellar acting, twisted storylines and an unbelievable soundtrack, it will leave you hungry for more,” raves Marti Resteghini, VP of Licensing for KoldCast TV.

To view the series go to: http://www.koldcast.tv/#/show:rhyme_animal.

RHYME ANIMAL -- an ambitious hip-hop DJ rides the coattails of an up-and-coming rapper. One problem: the rapper might also be a cannibalistic serial killer.

The series features Craig “muMs” Grant (as SHIVA the cannibal hip-hop M.C. ) well known for his role as Arnold “Poet” Jackson of HBO’s OZ and a seasoned live hip-hop and poetry performer in his own right. And, Al Thompson (DJ JUDAH), whose long list of screen credits includes The Royal Tenenbaums and A Season on the Brink -- The Bobby Knight Story. As of late, Al has become somewhat of a web television phenomenon producing and starring in shows like Johnny B. Homeless and Lenox Avenue.

SYNOPSIS: JUDAH (Al Thompson) is NYC’s illest hip-hop DJ, dropping beats like bombs over Brooklyn. But his dreams of being an A-List music producer are crushed when he is fired by his longtime boss, the dime-store diva, HEAVEN (played to a devilish pitch by the divine Bridget Barkan). Soon after, a dark figure re-emerges from his past and offers him a different path to success: SHIVA (Craig “muMs” Grant), the enigmatic rapper is brilliant, powerful, lyrically genius.

Judah is mesmerized by Shiva. His lyrics are dark, prophetic, yet strangely familiar…like a sinister lullaby sung to him as a boy just before sleep swallowed him in some horrific nightmare.

Backed by beats from Judah, Shiva dominates the NYC freestyle scene, driving their nemesis (the fading diva Heaven) into a competitive fury. Once again, the gods of hip-hop smile upon him and Judah’s dreams of wealth, women, and renown are revived. Record label execs and other seedy players appear offering the duo loads of money and the spoils of stardom.

So why is guilt gnawing at Judah’s stomach? Why is it every time he looks at Shiva he sees a dark secret blazing in his eyes? Is it because as the twosome’s celebrity rises, so does the body count of the dangerous and ambitious characters that stand in the way of their success?

As a sinister climax with Heaven nears, Judah is forced to ask: Are Shiva’s cannibalistic lyrics just an act -- or is he really a serial killer?

“RHYME ANIMAL tells the tale of a man’s obsession with material success and the dark choices he is forced to make to get there. We had a lot of fun playing with the themes of consumerism and ambition, and using our love of hip-hop as a backdrop to tell a story that is fun to watch but has greater meaning if you choose to go there.” Jorge Rivera, Creator

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THE DIVERSE CAST AND CREW INCLUDES...
Al Thompson (Johnny B. Homeless, A Season on the Brink -- The Bobby Knight Story), Craig “muMs” Grant (HBO’s Oz), and Bridget Barkan (Sherry Baby, Scissor Sisters).Award-winning director Phil Roc (Best Director, Gotham International Film & Video Festival). Creator Jorge Rivera (Webby Honoree 2010, Lenox Avenue (Head Writer) -- starring Michael K. Williams and Jamie Hector (both of HBO’s The Wire).Co-writers/producers Aaron F. Schnore (HBO’s NYILFF Best Feature 2009) and Billy Fox (Fade In Magazine’s Writer’s Network Grand Prize Winner)

“Web Television really allows for an incredible amount of freedom of expression. You really don't need to wait for someone to give you permission to create your vision. Write it, shoot and get it up on the web! Though it sure does help to reach a wider audience when you have amazing advocates like Koldcast, the Independent Television Festival, the New York Television Festival, MABFF, NexTV...the list goes on.” -- Jorge Rivera, Creator

ACCOLADES FOR THE SERIES INCLUDE:
Winner - Mid-Atlantic Black Film Festival (2010)
Finalist - Independent Television Festival (2010)
Winner - HBO/NYLIFF Pitch-a-thon (2009)
Finalist - NATPE/LATV Fest Competition (2009)
Finalist - NEXTV’s Web Series/TV Competition (2009)
Finalist - New York Television Festival (2008)

ABOUT KOLDCAST.TV
Launched in 2007, KoldCast TV is an on-demand next-generation television network, distribution and marketing company focused exclusively on high-quality episodic, series-based programming created by independent producers. KoldCast combines the most successful, time-tested strategies of traditional broadcast television with the incremental and exponential capabilities afforded by the internet to market and introduce its product/service to an international online viewing audience via the KoldCast TV Network site, sister blog, and multitude of third-party distribution platforms.

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