Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair don’t remember how the idea for "High Maintenance" — a Web series about a weed courier and his customers — came to them. Considering the show’s subject matter, that’s to be expected.
Those actors are given more time to explore their parts in "High Maintenance," which is essentially a series of character studies about users young and old dealing with life, love and loneliness in New York City.
Here's "Stevie," an episode of "High Maintenance" (NSFW):
As the show’s sole recurring character, Sinclair is the face of "High Maintenance," and to celebrate the latest batch of episodes, Vimeo has plastered his likeness all over Brooklyn, Manhattan — and the Internet. Thankfully, being a literal poster boy for the normalization of marijuana culture isn’t intimidating to the actor, who first inhaled at the age of 12.
But making a show about weed isn't what's most important to Sinclair. “The most wonderful thing is that I get to do this with Katja,” he says. “I imagine the pride that we feel in this project is tantamount to the pride that one feels for their children. And I don’t know a lot of people whose babies are painted on a 24-foot wall.”
New episodes of "High Maintenance" are now available.
This segment was contributed to "The Frame" by Sean Rameswaram, host-producer of the podcast "Sideshow." Sean Rameswaram is also a "Studio 360" producer. You can find both Sean and "Sideshow" on Twitter.