ALEX IS BLACK

His mom is black, his dad is white, and he is . . . confused. This comedy follows Alex's struggle to understand life in the world as a black man with white privilege.

Country:  United States
Writer:  Alex Haynes
Producer: Jordy Altman
Cast: Alex Haynes

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ALL HAIL BETH

A hapless millennial Iranian-American woman wakes up one day as an ancient Babylonian Goddess.  After a lifetime spent on the sidelines, ignored by everyone from her boss Duncan (Randall McNeal, Daredevil) to her self-obsessed friends Jasmine and Kiara (Ashley Monique Menard and Marguerite Genard), Beth gives up. The next day, however, she is inexplicably transformed into the Babylonian Goddess Ishtar— and all of New York is suddenly aware of her celebrity status. Former friends fawn at her feet, bullies beg for forgiveness, strangers offer her everything from the flowers in their hands to their total adoration— including what becomes a polyamorous overture from the show’s two love interests, Chad (Cronin Cullen, The Half of It) and Toto (Jonathan Iglesias, Situationships). Over the course of the series, Beth must learn how to manage her power, reclaim her confidence, and find happiness, with a few helpful tips from fellow Babylonian Goddess Aya (Christina Toth, Orange is the New Black).
 

Country:  United States
Director:  Misha Calvert
Writer:  Misha Calvert
Producer:  BRIC TV
Cast: Layla Khosh, Christina Toth, Randall McNeal, Cronin Cullen, Jonathan Iglesias, Carl Foreman Jr.

Director bio:  Misha is an award-winning show creator with projects spanning film, TV, theater, and digital. An official participant of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival Digital Creators Market, Misha recently launched a new digital comedy series for BRIC TV entitled All Hail Beth which debuted at #25 on the iTunes Soundtrack Charts. A semi-finalist for the Sundance/YouTube New Voices Lab from 2016-2018 and current semi-finalist for the 2021 Sundance Episodic Lab, Misha has screened at festivals around the world for her digital series Strut, Textual Intercourse, and Step Into My Office.

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AVOCADO TOAST 

Ever wondered about your parents' sex life? Neither did Molly and Elle until coming out and divorce forced them to learn about their parents' new sex-capades. After a lifetime of dating men, Molly (31, a grade eight teacher) surprises herself when she falls in love with a woman for the first time. When she finds the courage to come out as bisexual to her suburban parents, they empathetically reveal their own admission - they're swingers and throw sex parties. Meanwhile, Elle (33, a creative director) is reeling after learning her parents are divorcing and her mother, who also happens to be her boss, had an affair with a dude young enough to be Elle's brother. To avoid the wrenching pain of her exploded family unit, Elle wages revenge in an eye-for- an-eye corporate takeover against her mother. When Molly gets dumped, she reluctantly heeds dating advice from her sexually blossoming parents and clumsily embarks on the bisexual dating world while navigating her broken heart. As life as they knew it crumbles away and their love lives and careers become precarious, it's their codependent friendship that takes all the heat. Finally, when the pressure cooker blows, they are shocked to realize that the nuts haven't fallen so far from the tree.
 

Country:  Canada
Director:  Sam Coyle
Writer:  Heidi Lynch, Perrie Voss
Producer:  Charlie David
Cast:  Heidi Lynch , Perrie Voss, Mag Ruffman, Faye Marsay, Kristian Bruun , Nelu Handa , Scott Cavalheiro , Brenda Robins , Andrew Moodie, Jefferson Mappin

Director bio:  Sam Coyle is a boundary pushing director/writer/producer whose projects challenge norms while employing her unique, edgy style of storytelling. She relishes the opportunity to highlight strong female perspectives and the weird and amazing of the underrepresented. With various short films screened at festivals around the world, Coyle has taken the next step with her directorial debut feature, Hazy Little Thing, which is currently in post production. Sam just wrapped production on, Avocado Toast, a 10 episode web series funded by Bell Media and IPF. Sam’s co-produced and co-storied feature film The Definites screened at domestic and international festivals (Whistler, Bahamas, Cucalorus, Key West) and is now available on Crave-TV and Amazon. The young filmmaker’s second written feature, White River, is currently in development and was Top Ten at the Vancouver's International Women’s Film Festival screenplay competition, shortlisted for NSI’s Features First 2019 program. Sam also founded ‘With Wolves Media’, an independent media collective comprised of innovative, local artists, with her twin brother Nick Coyle.

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BONG ZOMBIES

Bong Zombies is a 5-part streaming series. Ringo and Stash are two freegan artisanal paraphernalia crafters. When they obtain a cursed evil relic, they unwittingly create a series of bongs that turn the smokers into flesh-eating zombies. Upon learning this, they are in a race against time to track down the zombies and turn them back to human before they wreak havoc on the city. They do all of this while catching up on their favorite 80’s action TV show “Johnny Patel: Private Eye”. Presented by Fox on a Hill Productions in association with The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago.
 

Country:  United States
Director:  Mick Napier
Writer:  Eddie Furman
Producers:  Patrick Schaller, Danielle Montana, Clay Ebert
Cast:  Terrence Carey, George Elrod, Eunji Kim, Jack Bensinger, Marcel Wilks, Siddhartha Rajan, Jennifer Estlin, Jeff Murdoch, Destini Huston

 

Director bio:  Mick Napier is an award-winning director and renowned teacher, corporate facilitator, author and improviser. In addition to being the founder of Chicago's acclaimed Annoyance Theatre and Annoyance Productions, Mick is also an Artistic Consultant for Second City, where he has directed more than 10 reviews including the 40th, 45th and 50th anniversary shows, and their Las Vegas premiere at the Flamingo Hotel.  For the 1996 production Paradigm Lost, he earned a prestigious Joseph Jefferson Award for his direction. Mick also directed David Sedaris’ award-winning Off-Broadway production of One Woman Shoe, and Martin Short’s Martin Short & Friends. Mick's experience in television, film, and theatre includes work as an actor, writer, and director. He appears in the Harold Ramis film Ice Harvest and appeared as himself in the PBS-aired documentary Second to None, and as a judge in the Canadian reality series Next Comedy Legend.  He served as Writer/Director for Cable Ace nominated Exit 57 for Comedy Central, was Creative Producer on the nationally-syndicated sketch TV show, Sports Bar, and directed the live pilot for HBO/Comedy Central's T.B.A. Mick is author of the books Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out and Behind the Scenes: Improvising Long Form. 

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GREY NOMADS

Grey Nomads is a six episode web series which takes a light hearted but truthful look at the life of retirees caravanning around Australia on the ‘Big Lap’ revealing the joys and pitfalls of life on the road.

Country:  Australia
Director: Felix Williamson
Writer: Felix Williamson
Producers: Hamish Roxburgh , Felix Williamson
Cast:  Marshall Napier, Denise Roberts, Steve Bisley, Kerrie Armstrong, Heather Mitchell, Nazeem Hussain, Jason Chong

Director bio:  Since graduating from Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in the three year acting course Felix has had a full and diverse career in film, theatre and television. As a writer and director, Felix has produced the award winning online series Avalon Now, Seasons I & II, The Circle and now Grey Nomads. These online programs have views well into the millions. Felix currently has three full length TV series in various stages of development. As an actor Felix’s numerous film credits include Peter Rabbit, The Great Gatsby, Truth, Little Monsters, Dirty Deeds, The Thin Red Line, Strange Planet, Ned, Me Myself & I, Backyard Ashes, Happy Feet and Babe ll. Felix appeared in the telemovie Hawke as Paul Keating, drawing wide spread critical acclaim and as Phil ‘The Jew’ Jeffs in Underbelly Razor.

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