a literary web series
Middlemarch: The Series is a 70-episode web series that reimagines George Eliot's Victorian novel Middlemarch at a modern liberal arts college, in video-blog format. The series was written, directed, produced, shot and edited by Rebecca Shoptaw as an independent study over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year. The series aired on YouTube from March 15th to December 1st, 2017.
The series follows a group of students at Lowick College in the fictional town of Middlemarch, Connecticut, who are all just beginning to figure out who they are and what they want.
The New Yorker - "'Middlemarch' Gets Winningly Adapted as a Web Series"
i-D Magazine - "'middlemarch' is now a queer coming-of-age web series"
The Dickens Society - "Adapting Middlemarch in the Information Age"
Women and Hollywood - "'Middlemarch' Web Series Modernizes the Classic Novel"
Fourteen East Magazine - "A Trip to Middlemarch"
Yale Daily News - "Middlemarch: The Beauty of the Ordinary"
Lesbian Interest - "Middlemarch: The Series"
Screenings & Awards
Over 215,000 views on YouTube
Official Selection - Melbourne Web Fest (2018)
Official Selection - ClexaCon Film Festival (2018)
Official Selection - Carballo Interplay (2018)
Winner - Award of Recognition - Best Shorts Film Festival (2017)
Official Selection - Miami Independent Film Festival (2017)
Official Selection - Blackbird Film Festival (2018)
Official Selection - Minnesota Web Fest (2017)
Semi-Finalist - Los Angeles CineFest (2017)
Semi-Finalist - Miami Movie Fest (2017)
Official Selection - Women's Worldwide Film Festival (2018)
Official Selection - Direct Short Online Film Festival (2017)