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'Chasing the Hill' follows campaign of mythical California congresswoman

Courtesy "Chasing the HIll"

A screenshot from an episode of "Chasing the Hill," a Web-only show tracking the fictional political campaign of California Congresswoman Kristine Ryan.

California Congresswoman Kristine Ryan is getting hammered with some rough stuff on the Internet. The opposition in her re-election campaign has targeted her with a barrage of negative ads. 

One ad accuses Ryan of having the worst attendance record of any member of Congress. "63 percent of the time this year, she didn’t bother to show up to work," the ad says. "If you or I did that, we’d be out of a job in a second. Well, that’s what we should do in June. Fire Kristy Ryan!"

Never heard of Ryan? That’s because she’s the candidate at the heart of a new, web-only drama series called “Chasing the Hill.” 

Brent Roske is the creator, writer, and director of the series. He says the series is about "the challenge of mixing personal life and professional life." Roske was a marketing guy with NBC for many years. He wrote and produced specials and indie films, but wanted a project over which he had almost complete control without network interference.
The series takes advantage of ever-changing technology that makes quality production possible with relatively inexpensive equipment. "We use audio sometimes on iPhones," Roske says. "I love that sort of grit."