An American in Moldova: a Peace Corps volunteer is the subject of a new comedy series
Hi, my name is John E. Lewis, and I’m an RPCV from the Moldova III group (1995-97). I am also the creator, writer, and executive producer of the web series “Lost in Moldova”. I wrote the first few episodes while I was getting my MFA in TV and Screenwriting in LA.
It’s loosely based on my own Peace Corps experience—as well as the experiences of my fellow volunteers and other RPCVs I’ve spoken to over the years. The story is about a guy named Diego, who joins the Peace Corps in a last-ditch effort to win back his ex-girlfriend. He goes expecting an exotic tropical paradise and ends up…”Lost in Moldova”.
Strangely enough, while I was writing it, I ended up getting a job in Moldova. Being back gave me the added energy to finish writing the first season. One day, walking in the park, I met some young Moldovan filmmakers who were shooting a video. I told them the story, and they liked it and agreed to help me make it.
We shot the pilot episode last year and entered it into a bunch of festivals. We were selected for four so far. The show is continuing to gain momentum. This is truly a passion project for me and my Moldovan partners! I’ve invested a lot and so have my Moldovan team. We’d really like to make the series a reality.
We’re currently in post-production on the first three episodes. Given the current situation, the release will probably be pushed back to late summer/fall or whenever the situation improves globally.
I’m sharing a link to the trailer below so you can see what it’s all about. Hope you like it!