PROJECT SYNOPSIS: BEHIND THE CEREAL is a humorous and poignant webseries inspired by VH1’s popular ‘90s series BEHIND THE MUSIC, which chronicled the rise and fall of our favorite musical icons. BEHIND THE CEREAL follows popular cereal mascots as they confront themes of identity, gender, race, sexuality and politics.
PROJECT MISSION: BEHIND THE CEREAL aims to put a comedic mirror up to society, daring us to truly see ourselves by putting a new spin on the old saying “You are what you eat.”
STACI JACOBS (Creator/Star) is a New York-based actor, writer and producer. Her indie debut, the live-action/animated webseries SAVING UNICORNS, won Best Comedy Short Form at Miami Web Fest. It also screened at several festivals, including the prestigious ITVFest, NY Comedy Shorts and Broad Humor Film Festival. As a musical theater actor, Staci appeared in numerous shows. A few favorites include TITANIC (National Tour), as well as regional productions of THE FULL MONTY and I LOVE YOU, YOU’RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE. Currently, Staci is developing BEHIND THE CEREAL, a series of web shorts inspired by VH1’s infamous BEHIND THE MUSIC television show from the 1990s. When she's not telling stories, Staci can be seen engaging in the always inspiring, hectic and electrifying streets of New York, overseeing business development for The Sokoloff Arts Foundation (a creative organization that provides affordable space for New York City's artists and entrepreneurs), shaking her booty to any 80s pop song anywhere, anytime; and avoiding Adulting for as long as she can. stacijacobs.com
ARI ROSSEN (Creator/Star) is a New York-based actor/filmmaker/pianist, committed to telling stories that contain laughter whenever possible. Ari’s indie debut, SOUND/VISION, won Best Short Film at East Lansing Film Festival, and has screened at 15 festivals worldwide, including prestigious ITVFest; SOHO International Film Festival; and San Jose International Short Film Festival. Some TV/Film and New Media favorites include lead and supporting roles in SOUND/VISION (Dir. Jeremiah Kipp); CollegeHumor viral videos; and the hit webseries MISSED CONNECTIONS LIVE (Best Comedy Series: LA WebFest & StayTunedTV). Ari’s theatrical credits include Off-Broadway, regional and national tours of THE WIZARD OF OZ and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. As a writer-producer, Ari is now developing a number of projects, including BEHIND THE CEREAL and a one-man show called VALIDDICTION: HOW NOT TO FAIL. When he’s not creating, Ari can be found tickling ivories wherever there is a nearby piano, wrangling his rescue cat Batman, and planning his next adventure in the great outdoors. A proud Northern California native, Ari lives and hustles in Hell’s Kitchen, a vibrant neighborhood with a storied past and an ever-changing future. arirossen.com