Local Web Series, ‘Unplanned Motherhood’ Already a Success

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - A Madison actress/director is celebrating the success of her new web series featuring local child actors.

Lena Sledge is the creator and director for Unplanned Motherhood.

It's a comical series published on YouTube about a mother raising five children.

Sledge says the first three episodes have garnered more than 400,000 views on YouTube.

She financed them out of her own pocket.

Sledge says nowadays, people can make entertainment content such as short films using an iPhone.  She added it's not necessary for someone to purchase expensive camera equipment in order to create a film that could be competitive at Sundance Film Festival.

Staffers at the Alabama Film Office in Montgomery were very supportive of Sledge.

Kathy Faulk, a spokeswoman for the film office, says incentives to bring large budget film projects to Alabama are getting better.

Next year, the state of Alabama will allow for $20 million in incentive rebates to lure in film crews compared to $15 million this year.

Faulk says increasing the incentives cap is a good move, but other states, like Georgia, offer incentives with no cap.

Sledge is just happy to be able to offer local actors an opportunity to start their acting careers.

She says each of her cast members have secured talent agents and are getting called back for auditions for other roles.

Sledge is planning to premiere the next three episodes of her web series on May 3 at Chan Auditorium on the campus of UAH.

You can see the episodes of Unplanned Motherhood on YouTube.