This Canadian web series is based on writer/director Denis Theriaut’s short film of the same name and continues the story of a former teen star-turned-faded adult actor as he deals with not only his failing celebrity — but the fact that his coming-out will destroy what little career he as left. Along the way he deals with his worsening alcoholism and how he’s going to break his new-found sexuality to his girlfriend and his agent. The catalyst comes from Syd meeting — and starting a torrid love affair with — a man he meets in a small town while making his latest film.
The series’ six episodes — themselves each clocking it at about 15 minutes (so, if this was on TV, with commercials, you’d have a 30-minute show) — feel like “short films,” which leaves the original, 2014 festival short on which this is based, feeling like a series pilot. Regardless of it being a web series, I Am Syd Stone carries a theatrical-level quality in its cinematography and the acting from all concerned is above the fray of the usually flat skill sets of network and cable dramas and sitcoms.