MEGHAN BENTON in a scene from “Ragged Isle,” a web-based soap opera produced in Maine.

MEGHAN BENTON in a scene from “Ragged Isle,” a web-based soap opera produced in Maine.

The Maine-made dramatic web series “Ragged Isle” has been nominated for seven Indie Soap Awards. The fourth annual Indie Soap Awards have announced the 2012 nominees to be awarded in February 2013 at a gala event in New York City. The awards are prestigious recognition in the independent online entertainment community, a news release said.

“Ragged Isle” is nominated in the following categories: Best Web Series (Drama); Ian Carlsen — Best Supporting Actor (Drama); Greg Tulonen, Rick Dalton, Karen L. Dodd, Barry Dodd and Jacob Lear — Best Writing (Drama); Barry Dodd — Best Directing; Best Soundtrack; Barry Dodd — Best Editing (all shows); and Eric Anderson, Derek Kimball — Best Visual/ Special Effects (all shows) .

In 2012, “Ragged Isle” won five major international awards including three Indie Soap Awards: “Best Director” (Barry Dodd), “Best Cinematography” and “Best Web Series (Drama),” in addition to “Best Thriller” and “Best Supporting Actor” (Rick Dalton) from the well-established online Indie Intertube awards.

“Ragged Isle” is a culmination of Maine artists from all over the state, including writers, actors, filmmakers and musicians. “Ragged Isle” can be seen at raggedisle.com and recently joined the new Entertainment Experiment online network, an Internet platform to showcase Maine’s digital talent, where it will launch it’s final season in 2013 (entertainmentexperiment.com).

Drawing inspiration from such cult classics as “The X-Files,” “Twin Peaks” and the gothic soap opera “Dark Shadows,” “Ragged Isle” has been crafted with genre fans in mind. Maine-native husband and wife duo, Barry and Karen Dodd are proud to showcase their home on an international platform and are thrilled and humbled by their recent recognition, a news release said.

“We were one of the new shows on the scene at last years ISA’s and it was such a wonderful time. I look forward to bringing along as many of the hardworking “Ragged Isle” cast and crew members as we can to celebrate this moment together,” director Barry Dodd said in a news release. “I’m so excited that they can experience firsthand the supportive global community of web series artists. Chances like this don’t come very often. I feel tremendously happy we are getting the opportunity to represent our show and our state once again at the Indie Soap Awards. It’s a wonderful honor.”


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