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By Suzanne

Michael Nardelli

Interview with Michael Nardelli of "Dark/Web" on Amazon Prime 6/28/19

Here's the audio of our interview.

It was a really fun interview.

Here's the transcript of our chat!

Suzanne: Hello.

Michael: Hi, Suzanne.

Suzanne: Hi. How are you?

Michael: Good. How are you?

Suzanne: Alright. Can't complain.

Michael: Happy Friday to you.

Suzanne: Yes, you too.

Michael: Thank you.

Suzanne: I keep forgetting, the day's kind of messed up for me cause my husband... this summer is off work on Fridays, so it just really screws everything up for me.

Michael: Man, lucky him. What does he do?

Suzanne: Oh, he's a provost at Southern Arkansas University, but... all of the staff at the university during the summer, they work longer hours Monday to Thursday so they can take Fridays off.

Michael: Oh, that sounds nice.

Suzanne: It is nice. But it really throws me off. I don't know what day it is.

Michael: Well, maybe you to take a day off, too.

Suzanne: Yeah. So, now, I was told that you're writer, producer, excuse me, producer and star of Dark/Web.

Michael: Yeah, a bunch of those things.

Suzanne: Who created this series?

Michael: So the original idea I had doing kind of an anthology show that was connected by a narrative that kind of tied all the developments together. I kind of had the idea that it would involve old high school friends coming back together to solve a mystery, and then from there I just kind of got back in touch with Mario Miscioni and my brother, Tim Nardelli, who I'm always in touch with anyway. We had done this film called Circle in 2015 that Netflix acquired, and we were kind of looking for the next thing to work on together that would sort of even take it to the next level, take everything we learned from that and do something a little bit more ambitious and challenging. So we started talking about this idea of how to connect these stories and what would be the connective tissue, and we all kind of landed on the Dark/Web, which at the time was kind of just sort of like coming into the news cycle.

Michael: Now I pretty much mature on the news or even in commercials every day. But at the time I'm like, okay, that sounds like a really cool kind of place, a cesspool of sort of story telling and ideas that we could have plenty of material to pull from, and it's going to be around for awhile cause it's very hard to police and very hard to get rid of. That's kind of the genesis of the creation of it, and we decided let's do an eight episode series this time instead of Circle, which was a 90 minute feature.

Suzanne: Sure. And so how did you figure out the writing of it? Who was going to write what, that kind of thing?

Michael: It just kind of all happened very sort of collaboratively and intentionally. We outlined what the series would be, we knew sort of what that connective tissue storyline would be. The main, we call it the, A story, the serialized story that connects everything.

Suzanne: Right.

Michael: And then we kind of, we had a couple of the anthology segments in mind for what kind of do we want to tell, and we knew what kind of clues and imagery devices we needed inside those to connect everything. So Mario and I wrote the main story, and we knew it would be the anthologies, and then we kind of had an open contest online for writers of this website, LRM Online, to submit stories with the promise that we would produce the winter, and it would be part of the show. We did that, which was crazy, and then we met Zelda Williams, and she had a story that fit within ours, in our infrastructure, and this guy, Bowman Modine was great and Eric Salberg and Roxie Shih, who directed the A story and an anthology. So in terms of kind of delegating who wrote it, it was mostly Mario and I, and then we were able to bring in these sort of guests writer or directors for the anthology segments. And it all just, I don't know, it was crazy. It all just kind of worked. It all fit. At least we felt that way.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Michael: Then when people watch, they can decide if it fit for themselves. But it was very, the writing of it and everything was all very kind of stress free and very collaborative and creative.

Suzanne: Well that's great.

Michael: Yeah, it was fun.

Suzanne: Now, I see this, the first independently funded TV series. Can you say who funded it or how it was funded or how did that work out?

Michael: Yeah, so I've produced I think like four movies at this point, so I have different producers and financiers that I've gone to. I also have a network of my friends and family that I'm able to go to. On Circle, we partnered with this great company called Votive, and that's owned by a friend of mine, Brent Stiefel, who I'd met through past projects. It's kind of just, yeah, it was one of the first independently produced TV shows, so we didn't have any big support from any studios or anything like that, so it was just kind of being scrappy and getting out there and thinking, "Okay, well who do I know in my network that we'd be interested in this? Who have I worked with before that's been a good experience that would come back and do this?"

Michael: The hard part was just generating the content that would be attractive to people that want to invest in film and television. Luckily we worked hard on the script that had an outline and a look book and a trailer and all of these things. Then once you have the elements, it's kind of just get to sit down and think, "Okay, well who can I go to and how do we do this?" Every time it's a little bit different. This was a series, and it was a little bit larger than our film, Circle. It takes some homework to figure out how you can raise finances for something like this, but luckily I've done it four times now, so it's getting a little easier.

Suzanne: That's good.

Michael: Yeah.

Suzanne: Yeah. You describe it as an anthology series. It really kind of broadens that definition in a way because you have that stories within the story type of thing.

Michael: Yeah. I saw somebody online called it the first serialized anthology series, which is kind of an oxymoron, I guess. Right? Really, the two don't go together. In that sense, it's hard to describe a little bit because it hasn't really been done that I've seen before, but that's actually what we really liked about it was doing something different and not just copying Twilight Zone or Black Mirror and Outer Limits and shows that had come before and kind of trying to break the formula a little bit is what we really liked about it. What excites me when I watch it, and hopefully people agree. But yeah, the idea from the beginning was always to have followed you segments, and if somebody's just watching one episode, they'll watch that and get value out of it and hopefully enjoy it, but if you keep watching, you see that all these stories are connected in a certain way. I don't want to give away too much, but.

Suzanne: Yeah, right.

Michael: There's a mystery to these stories that is more than just the sum of their parts.

Suzanne: Right.

Michael: So it's kind of like you're almost like a detective when you watch going on this journey, figuring out, "Okay, well here's the story, but what's really being said here, and why are certain things, why are their certain recurring motifs and imagery and phrases that I keep hearing?" And I promise by the end of it, it'll all makes sense.

Suzanne: Okay. Yeah, that's what I was going to ask you, because I only watched the first three or four episodes so far.

Michael: Oh, you watched it. Cool.

Suzanne: Yeah, she sent me the link. I hadn't had time to watch them all, but it is all explained in the end?

Michael: Oh, yes. It's all explained in the end. Everything pertaining to the story as in who sent them and why they were sent. I think hopefully it's not what you're expecting. It should be a bit surprising, but yes, everything is as explained by the end of it.

Suzanne: Okay, good. Yeah, I'm not expecting anything cause I haven't gotten that far yet. I'm just sort of watching it, and I'm not the type that sits and tries to figure out the mystery. I'm not good at that, so if I see it coming it's really bad. But otherwise, I just sit and enjoy it. It's very intense. I like that.

Michael: Oh, thank you. Yeah, I think you're the first journalist I've talked to that's actually seen it because we're finally getting it out there now, so that's exciting. Someone's actually watching it.

Suzanne: Oh, yeah. No, I enjoyed it so far. And it's going to be an Amazon, right?

Michael: Yeah. July 18th.

Suzanne: Now, if Amazon says, "Oh, this is really great and it got lots of views and we want a second season," do you have ideas for a second season?

Michael: Oh yeah, for sure. For two more seasons. We have ideas. We wrap up the storyline at the end. You'll see. So if we don't get the chance to do another season, it's done, but there's absolutely a ton more ticks. I mean there's a ton more just on the real Dark/Web to explore for years and years and years, but in terms of our A story story line, we definitely have outlines in ideas and concrete plans on where it would go should we be lucky enough to continue.

Suzanne: Right. Did you go through a regular casting product process, or did you just get friends, people you worked with before to guest star on the different ...

Michael: So a little bit of both. From our movie, Circle, that had 50 actors in it, so we almost have our own Circle company of actors. It's almost like a theater company at this point. I've worked as an actor a lot since I moved to LA a long time ago, so I'm always casting people in my friend group or that I've worked with before just because it's easy, you know what you're getting and it's fun, and you get to work with your friends. But this show has so many roles to fill, so the real saving grace was our casting director was Russell Boast, and he's awesome. He got us so many great people, some of the names that you know that are in it, and then some of these up becoming faces who have now gone on to book really cool projects. He was great, and he really opened the doors for casting and just said, "Lose any preconceptions you have and just let's see. Don't worry about what you think a character needs to look or sound like. Let's just see anyone who's right for the role, and the best person gets the job." That was so great. We have a really diverse, inclusive cast in front of the camera and behind the camera, so that's where a lot of our parts were cast off was from Russell Boast. He's awesome.

Suzanne: Great, great. Oh. Shh. Sorry, dogs.

Michael: I'm surprised my dogs haven't done that yet.

Suzanne: Oh, let's see. Sorry, I lost my place because the dog.

Michael: Hey, that was a good strong bark.

Suzanne: Yeah, she's loud.

Michael: I have two girl dogs, and they're loud when they get going.

Suzanne: Yeah, she's not too bad most of the time, but this time of year there's lots of squirrels and things in the backyard, so let's see. Okay. So a lot of the works you've done before from just perusing your list on IMDB seem to be on the dark side. Is that something that you generally do enjoy?

Michael: Yeah, I'm kinda drawn to darker stuff. I really love comedy too, but I think I'm drawn to that, sure. Yeah. I like darker storytelling. I love genre, I love kind of meaningful, intentional sci-fi and horror things that have stuff to say about society and emotions and people. That's definitely what Dark/Web is. A lot of it's metaphorical for our real Dark/Web every day. The show is about the Dark/Web specifically, and then it's about sort of the web as a dark place. There's a lot of cautionary tale built in there. Yeah, so I like darker stuff, but I've also done a Hallmark Christmas movie, and I'm in a play right now that is very much kind of a farce, satirical comedy, and I studied at the Groundlings, so I love comedy too. I just don't get to audition for it as much. In terms of like what I like to write, that would definitely be more on like the darker genre stuff for sure.

Suzanne: Right. Okay. You're talking about your stories just reminded me. There was one thing I didn't, I wouldn't call it a nitpick. Maybe I didn't understand it correctly. When the characters, like when their phones are going off and there's all those ping, ping, ping, why don't they just turn the sounds off or the notifications, because I have all that stuff turned off on my phone.

Michael: Yeah, they do. You'll see. They do.

Suzanne: Okay. I just haven't gotten that far.

Michael: You saw the first three episodes?

Suzanne: Yeah, something like that.

Michael: Yeah. They do. There's a scene where I'm like teaching a classroom full of kids that just will not turn their phones off, which is actually, my sister used to be a teacher, and I'm friends with teachers now. They tell me that is a real problem in classrooms. He's trying to get them to turn that off, but he's obviously lost control of that classroom.

Suzanne: Yeah. I would think that- sorry. I would think that most teachers today would just say, "Give me your phone." Or they'd say, "If I hear it, you're going to detention," something like that. I don't know.

Michael: Yeah. Yeah. You'll see he's kind of, like, starts off a bit of a pushover. He's kind of lost control of his life and the classroom, so he's trying, but those kids are clearly ruling the roost unfortunately, which was really funny to film. But no, they do silence their phone. You'll see.

Suzanne: Oh, okay.

Michael: But it's just in those first episodes, we wanted to make it clear that this missing girl, this friend of theirs is desperate and reaching out and wanted to kind of build that intensity and that panic. Did you see even the characters get a little bit annoyed. All right, enough, which is how I get some times. I'll have my phone at my desk, and I won't think to silence it. It'll beep and beep and beep, and golly, all right.

Suzanne: Yeah. I think we've all been annoyed by other people's phones doing that.

Michael: Yeah, it's just, again, this new world that we've accepted of always being on and connected and reachable and ding, ding, ding. I had to put away my iWatch because it was just too many alerts, too many dings for me.

Suzanne: Yeah. Yeah. I've been on the computer and the Internet for a long, long time, like the early to mid nineties and I've always, always turned the sound off on my computer on and then on the phone, because I just hate that, but I think-

Michael: Oh, it's intrusive.

Suzanne: It is. It really is. I'm on social media so much that there's no way I could get through a day if I didn't turn off all those notifications. I just, it would drive me crazy.

Michael: Yeah. Those are all the, I mean, you'll see if you keep watching, those things are touched upon. You'll see.

Suzanne: Good. Good. Yeah. So are any of your stories based on nightmares that you or the other writers have had?

Michael: Yes, for sure. There's one that I wrote and directed that's later in Episode or Chapter Seven. it's very much, so it's kind of a metaphor. It's about a rumor on social media that goes viral, and the person that it's about starts exhibiting physical symptoms from sort of the stress of that.

Suzanne: Oh, okay.

Michael: It's very much like a body or David Cronenberg. I don't know if you've seen his movies.

Suzanne: I know who he is, but yeah, I don't remember if I've seen.

Michael: Yeah. Oh, for sure.

Suzanne: Don't tell me his teeth all fall out because that's, I hate that.

Michael: Oh my God, I have that nightmare too.

Suzanne: Everybody has that thing.

Michael: Yeah, I have that number all the time. It's terrible. Yeah. So for sure. Yeah, and then I think for me there's a general sense of paranoia a little bit because all this like cyber terror and hacking and loss of identity and things. I think if you watched episode two, there's a cyber stalker following a younger role. Yeah, just sort of the idea of somebody in your window watching. I have that nightmare all the time because I live on a first floor and I'm like, "What if I wake up and somebody's looking at me?" So yeah, there's a lot of that just kind of Freud, uncanny kind of general sense of paranoia and fear built into it for sure.

Suzanne: Well, that's good because the best horror probably taps into those kinds of things, I'm sure.

Michael: Well, yeah, and there's a lot of horrific things happening on the internet as we know, either on the Dark/Web or just on the regular internet.

Suzanne: Right.

Michael: So that was kind of like what drew us to it is we feel like we're the first generation that kind of remembered the analog worlds that we grew up in, and now we are kind of tasked with living in the digital world. So we remember the old and we're experiencing the new, whereas the younger generations are just going to kind of grow up in a digital world and not really know that this isn't normal. Yeah, that's kind of a big theme that we were exploring when we were writing it that attracted us to it.

Suzanne: Well, if you do a second season, I just read an article the other day, I think it was in the Washington Post, where they're saying because of the over use of phones from people looking down on the time, that they're growing this extra bone in the back of their heads like a horn, they call it.

Michael: Oh, God. I hope I grow that because my neck hurts from always looking. I have to rearrange my whole office set up and make sure my monitor is like, because it was starting to affect my neck. I wish I'd get that bone. That's really gross.

Suzanne: Yeah, I know. That would seem like something that you could use in a horror TV show.

Michael: That is grabby. You could totally do something with that. I'll file that in the back of my head.

Suzanne: Right.

Michael: That's disgusting.

Suzanne: I know. Well, I have a slight spine problem, and part of it is because of spending 20-something years on the computer, and when I went in for some physical therapy, they said they're seeing a lot more young people now with that problem than they used to.

Michael: Yeah, I was told the same thing, and even my eyes too are suffering, especially, honestly, frankly doing the show. We had so many effect shots to approve, and we were just staring at the screen for days in dark rooms. I had to get glasses..

Suzanne: Oh man. That's bad.

Michael: That's what's so funny is we're just like submitting to these. We're like, "Okay. These things are killing my vision. They're hurting my posture, but I'm just going to keep using them."

Suzanne: I know, right? Because you're hooked. Right?

Michael: We're accepting our own demise from these things. It's crazy.

Suzanne: I know. I try not to use my phone because it does hurt my neck.

Michael: Yeah, and it keeps you up at night. Like, okay, there's nothing good about me. We've got to get rid of them. We've got to get rid of all these things. Go back to a typewriter. Back the landline.

Suzanne: Well, unfortunately my job is all online, so I can't.

Michael: I know. It's completely unrealistic for me, but.

Suzanne: As far as your eyes, it's said if you take a break, look up and away from the screen every once in a while and take a break every 15 minutes, then it's better.

Michael: Every, yeah. every 20 minutes.

Suzanne: Set a timer.

Michael: I've read the same thing. Yep. Or, referenced in the show too, we talk about on the show, they have these digital detoxes now, so we can go do that, no devices for like a week.

Suzanne: Yeah. I think there's something wrong with you if you need that, that you can't just put it down for a while.

Michael: Yeah, I know, but it's an addiction.

Suzanne: It's like people who are supposedly addicted to video games. I'm just like "Come on."

Michael: Yeah, that was maybe me in my youth.

Suzanne: I'm probably too old.

Michael: I wish I had time to be addicted to video games. I used to love them.

Suzanne: I'm just too old to relate to that, I think.

Michael: Never. You're never too old for that.

Suzanne: Yeah, you're right. I have an older brother who's very into video games, so I can't say.

Michael: Super Mario, all ages.

Suzanne: Yeah. So what TV shows did you watch growing up that might have influenced you?

Michael: Oh, the X-Files was a big one. Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I'm a huge Joss Whedon fan. I love that. The Twilight Zone, I grew up watching that with my family. Probably started watching it when I was two. I shouldn't have been watching it, but I did. I think it was when I was growing up, The Sopranos. I love The Sopranos.

Suzanne: Hmm. And what are you watching now?

Michael: I just watched Chernobyl, and I was so impressed by it. It was so well done. I didn't know nearly enough about the true story itself, so it was really enlightening. It was horrific. Like, it made me sick to my stomach, and I don't really scare easily when I watch stuff cause I've seen so many movies. So that was crazy. If you haven't watched it, you should.

Suzanne: I watched the beginning. I couldn't keep watching it.

Michael: It's hard.

Suzanne: It's too horrible.

Michael: It's not a light kind of enjoyable experience, but it was just a well-made, the music and the set design, the performance, everything was just so top notch.

Suzanne: Oh, yes. It was really good and great acting. I remember that time and before that time, so you know.

Michael: Yeah. It's hard because it's true. I can't believe it's true. Then Killing Eve, I really like that. So I'm watching that and Big Little Lies just came on, so I'm watching that. I've been catching up on Rick and Morty. I've been trying to insert a little more comedy into my life. I can't be watching all these dark Chernobyl things every week. I'm going to need more therapy than I already get, so those ones. I'm trying to think. Everybody keeps telling me to watch Fleabag, so I'm going to add that into my queue very soon, and I'm always a huge Twin Peaks fan. I'm always going back and watching that.

Suzanne: Oh, yeah. That was good one.

Michael: What are you watching? Any recommendations?

Suzanne: Yeah, I was just going to say you should watch Lodge 49 on AMC. They're going to have the second season coming up soon. That's a really-

Michael: I've never heard of that.

Suzanne: It's a fun one. It's a fun little one that's about just a group of people in Long Beach, I think. Anyway, it's kind of funny, kind of a comedy, kind of a drama. It's kind of mixed, but it's good. It's very good.

Michael: Okay, I haven't heard of that. Who's in it?

Suzanne: It has Kurt Russell's son, Wyatt. I'm trying to think. There's no other really big names, but I think if you watch it you'll recognize some of them.

Michael: Okay.

Suzanne: It's a small little show, but it's really enjoyable. I thought it was very good.

Michael: Yeah, I might kind of, because yeah, another big reference for me for Dark/Web was this movie, The Big Chill. So I like kind of like character driven, ensemble, slice of life stuff.

Suzanne: Yeah. This one has really interesting, quirky characters, but not quirky in a annoying way. Oh, you know who's in it? I'm just trying to think of it. Gosh darn it. Bruce Campbell. Is it Campbell? Am I thinking of the right Bruce?

Michael: Oh, really?

Suzanne: From Burn Notice?

Michael: Yeah, from Evil Dead.

Suzanne: Right, right, right.

Michael: Yeah. Wow, I can't believe I don't know about this.

Suzanne: Yeah. He plays a small but pivotal role in it.

Michael: Gosh, there's so many shows now. Like, he's on a show and I don't even know about it.

Suzanne: I know. It's terrible. It's really hard to keep up.

Michael: Well, I used to be, I would use to be the Connoisseur, like, "Oh, I watch every good show," and now it's like there's so much you can't keep up.

Suzanne: I know. I try to review all the new shows and it's pretty much impossible.

Michael: Oh, man. That must be overwhelming.

Suzanne: I can usually find time to watch or write, but doing both is just, just watching is hard enough.

Michael: Yeah. So, yeah, it's hard. But what else can you say, right?

Michael: Yeah, no, I'm with you. I like to try to watch all of it and get inspired by it, but I just don't have time to keep up with all of them. So.

Suzanne: Oh, actually The Name of the Rose is pretty good, the new one on Sundance.

Michael: Oh my gosh. I hadn't even heard of this either.

Suzanne: Yeah.

Michael: What is this?

Suzanne: And also Dead to Me on Netflix.

Michael: I've heard of that. I heard that's great.

Suzanne: That's really good. Yeah. What happens with me though is I usually watch like the first one or two episodes and then I have to move on.

Michael: Yes. That's my problem. I'm kind of like a completionist. Once I start, I'm like, I want to see how it ends. I like to stick with it.

Suzanne: I am usually that way.

Michael: I've got to get like you. I've got to get better about cutting them off.

Suzanne: No, you don't want to be like me. I love to watch the whole thing, I just don't have time to watch everything, and I have to review it, so I'll watch just the beginning, and then if I have time I'll go back. I have a whole DVR filled with other shows that I watch regularly that I already like, so.

Michael: Yeah. You're like, I need my leisure watching.

Suzanne: Right, exactly.

Michael: You're always doing work watch.

Suzanne: Yeah, I know how that goes.

Suzanne: Unfortunately, I love Superhero shows and there are just way too many.

Michael: Oh yeah. There's a ton of those now. Wow.

Suzanne: Yeah, exactly. I'm like cancel some more. I really don't want them to be canceled but cancel some more. But all right, so my last question, is there anything else that you can tell us about the series that you want people to know?

Michael: Oh, okay. Let's see. About Dark/Web. Yeah, I think just that, again, going back to it being sort of this independence, bespoke kind of handmade show, I hope people give it a chance. There's obviously, like you said, superheroes. There's so much content now, but we really prided ourselves on the fact that we were at least trying to break new ground and tell a new story. We have some familiar faces in it, but our big thing is always giving new people a chance at bat and exploring new voices and making sure. If you watch Circle, it's 50 different actors and all different ages and races and stories and point of views. In the midst of a summer where there's all kinds of like sequels and franchises, and even in TV, that that same kind of landscape now, hopefully people give our our little show a chance. It's a really great group of artists that worked together with the right intention of just we really wanted to tell something that was thought provoking and explored sort of the modern dilemma and everything.

Michael: I'm proud of what we did. I think we made something that looks TV quality on a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a budget of what most TV shows probably get for one single episode, like one episode of a HBO Show could probably produce three seasons of Dark/Web. So it's a bit crazy what we did, and it's not perfect, but I'm proud of it and I hope people give it a chance because it was made with the best of intentions to entertain and maybe inspire some cautionary and thought-provoking tales.

Suzanne: all right. Thank you. I really appreciate you talking to me.

Michael: Yeah. Thank you so much for watching and for making time for me. I appreciate it.

Suzanne: Well, thank you. I'll try to watch the rest of it.

Michael: Well, no pressure. It sounds like you've got a lot on your plate.

Suzanne: I know, but now I want to see how it turns out.

Michael: Yeah. I think you'll enjoy it. I think that definitely, you'll see if you do have time, the episodes bit deeper in and more expansive as they go, bigger characters and kind of bigger stakes.

Suzanne: All right. Thanks a lot. Appreciate it.

Michael: All right, enjoy your 4th.

Suzanne: Thank you. You too. Bye Bye.

Michael: Thanks, Suzanne. Bye.

Suzanne: Bye.


DARK/WEB, an 8-episode sci-fi/horror anthology series will be coming exclusively to Amazon Prime Video, streaming on July 19th. The series first debuted last February at Entertainment Weekly's and SCAD's prestigious television festival, aTV Fest and will have a panel at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.

“Dark/Web” is confirmed for an official panel at Comic Con with panelists Sibongile Mlambo (Netflix’s Lost in Space), Nicholas Brendan (Buffy), Clare Kramer (Buffy), Lana McKissack (Transformers), Michael Nardelli (Circle), Noemi Gonzalez (Paranormal Activity), Rene Heger (Circle), Brian Elerding (Mad Men) along with filmmakers Tim Nardelli, Mario Miscione and Roxy Shih. The series will hold two screenings at the Hard Rock San Diego on July 19th and 20th.  

Series has a unique history; marking one of the first times an entire season of television has ever been produced independently. The show comes from the creative team behind 2015's Netflix film CIRCLE, which has gone on to become a cult hit inspiring online video games and live theatrical performances and adaptations across the world. 

DARK/WEB highlights the voices and contributions of a wide variety of indie filmmakers, writers, and fan favorite genre actors and features tales that delve deep into the strange and dangerous “Dark/Web” that lurks just beneath the surface of the internet we use every single day. Series utilizes a unique story within a story format, with each episode telling a standalone "Dark/Web-centric" tale, connected by a serialized, season-long narrative surrounding the origin of the mysterious stories. Each tale tackles a different danger of the tech age, inspired by real life Dark/Web occurrences and the modern-day dangers of an "always connected" world.


In the near future, the evolution of the internet has given way to a world in crisis; one where everyone's connected but no one is safe. Molly Solis, a cyber analyst, understood these dangers better than anyone and was determined to make a difference... until she disappeared. Now, friends and foes from her past are in a race against time to decipher cryptic messages she's left behind; tales that paint a grim picture of technology run amok. As the mystery deepens, they’ll discover the stories, and Molly herself, may be concealing information that could change the world... or destroy it.  

Felt Films is the production company behind project (Michael and Tim Nardelli) who once again teamed up with CIRCLE filmmaker Mario Miscione, co-creator of the popular YouTube series THE VAULT. 

The massive cast includes: Sibongile Mlambo (Netflix’s LOST IN SPACE, TEEN WOLF), Julie Benz (DEXTER), Clare Kramer (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Nicholas Brendan (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), Gabriel Luna (TERMINATOR DARK FATE), Michael Nardelli (THE PEOPLE VS. OJ SIMPSON), Hannah Marks (DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY), Zelda Williams (TEEN WOLF), Robert Davi (GOONIES, DIE HARD), Siobhan Fallon Hogan (FUNNY GAMES, FORREST GUMP, WAYWARD PINES), Hayley Marie Norman (TOP FIVE), Dora Madison (FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, DEXTER), Molly Hagan (BIG LITTLE LIES, THE HANDMAID'S TALE), Cassie Thomson (THE ALIENIST), Amin El Gamal (PRISON BREAK revival), Lana McKissack (TRANSFORMERS), Brian Elerding (MAD MEN), and Noemi Gonzalez (ROSEWOOD).

In addition to “Dark/Web", Michael is currently starring in the play “The Narcissist Next Door” at The Complex Hollywood. The infamous phrase “Be careful what you wish for” has never been more appropriate in this outrageous comedy written by Ellen Buckley. The play will run until June 30th.

Michael made his professional acting debut as Stradivarius Helberg on the television show ‘Quintuplets'. He then co-starred in the independent film "Derby Stallion" opposite Zac Efron and the comedy “Grassroots", with Jason Biggs. Soon after, Michael portrayed a lovesick teenager in the 3D horror thriller "The Collection" and has recurred on various television shows including "American Crime Story: The People Vs. OJ Simpson", “Revenge", "CSI: New York", and “Nashville". His additional credits include starring in the Netflix psychological-thriller “Circle”, "The Tribe" and Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas In Homestead”.

Beyond acting, Michael has established himself as a producer and director. His film, "Another Happy Day", wherein he also acted opposite Ezra Miller, Kate Bosworth and Demi Moore. Additional films include "The Giant Mechanical Man" with Jenna Fisher and "Dennis Doesn’t Live Here Anymore".

Michael is a self proclaimed Sci Fi, Comic Book and gamer nerd. When he is not working, he loves to be involved with the PATH Organization, Autism Speaks, the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights and NCJW LA. Michael received his Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Theater from USC.

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