American Wasteland Entertainment is proud to announce that series 2 of Drifter is currently in development. Writing will begin in August on the new episodes. Jason Brasier, the shows creator, says that the next series will be a little more grittier in the vein of a Sam Peckinpah film. Whereas the first series was in the vein of John Ford/Sergio Leone. Stay tuned for updates on series 2 as they become available!
Recently voted into the Mingle Media Audience Choice Awards top 10, this Ozarks produced series follows a figure known as Drifter, portrayed by Vanessa Leinani, fresh off her role from the film “180.” In the story, Drifter befriends the owners of a trading post on her trail to revenge, five years after a second civil war.
The series brings Missouri State University Graduate and indie filmmaker, Jason Brasier’s sci-fi western vision to life on the small screen. Jason has been making films since he was a child, and the journey it’s taken to get to Drifter: Broken Road has been a long, but enjoyable one.
“I did what I called a test web series back in college that was just simple to make. I called it a test just to see if it would get any views. To my surprise, we had people asking us a month later when episode 2 was coming and so on. What did it for me was that these were people we didn’t know. I knew I was on the right track. Being a big western and sci-fi fan, I wanted to try and pull off an old school gritty tale set in 1800s Missouri. Then one day it just hit me: post-apocalyptic western.”
As Jason was writing, though, a big surge of dystopian films and games were being released. He began looking at how he could make the world of Drifter a little different. He focused on a simple concept of taking a western set during the civil war and making it take place in the present. This made Drifter’s world a post-second civil war society. The journey quickly began and, as Jason put it, “I just held on tight. It was going to be a fun and wild ride.” In the end, as the episodes get ready to premiere, “everyone that’s been involved on the production is just as excited as I am to show off the fruits of our labor. I had a blast working with one of the most professionally minded cast and crew I have ever worked with. I can’t wait to do it again!”
The series also stars the talented Rodney Wiseman as the mysterious Moses Breckenridge. One of Rodney's recent feature film projects, "The Frontier Boys," is on the ballot for the 2012 Dove Awards.
The rest of the amazingly talented cast includes Ryan Smith, Hannah Duncan, Nick Herra, Ryan Shields, Todd Hansard, Dale Gehris, Blake Flageolle, Jerry-Mac Johnston, Zac Rantz, Michael Brasier, Scott New, Andrew Long, Kevin Keppy, and Angel Gonzales. Drifter: Broken Road is the first web series production for American Wasteland Entertainment (LLC), a new production company focusing on online based entertainment and film, owned by Jason Brasier and Brittney Greer.