French Film Fests!

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French Film Fests!

Mes amis,

It's no secret that I've always been quite the francophile, and as of late, my artistic and cultural passions have been coinciding. Last month, I played a French teacher on American Housewife, and now, two of my writing/acting projects are being featured in film festivals in France: The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club is heading to Paris as part of the Paris Play Film Festival this summer (check out our page HERE), and Dog Park is at the Nice International Film Festival in Southern France this week, where it's nominated for Best Short and Best Director! I think this is a a good excuse to eat a croissant.

 

 

 

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Look Mom, I'm on a Podcast!

Between working as an actress, an academic tutor, and just living in Los Angeles, I spend a lot of time in the car. Needless to say, podcasts have become as essential to my driving routine as Waze or gas (okay, maybe not that essential). From The Moth to This American Life to Serial, a good story gets me through the traffic (and even prompts me to sit in my car until I finish a story, if it's that good). Up until now, the only time my voice has ever "appeared" on a podcast was in an episode of the Nerdist Writers Panel Live Show, in which I asked a question, so, yeah...though I'm a huge fan of podcasts, I've never been on one: that is, until today!  Shortly after publishing my first piece on McSweeney's on Valentine's Day, a fellow humor writer contacted me on Twitter and invited me to be a guest on her writing podcast, Behind the Prose. I think that is the most 2017 thing I've ever said, but it's the truth! Check out the episode I'm featured on as well as other episodes hosted by the amazing Keysha Whitaker by clicking on the image below:

If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe via iTunes or blogtalkradio!

 

 

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London International Film Festival

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London International Film Festival

Calling all dog lovers and anglophiles: Dog Park, the short film that I wrote and acted in, has just been accepted to the 2017 London International Film Festival! I'm proud to announce that the film is also nominated for Best Comedy Short and Best Actor. Here are the official laurels as proof so you know I'm not making this up:

This is exciting news for many reasons, obviously, but especially because this project marked the directorial debut of my dear friend and partner in crime, Katie Enright. Congrats, Katie!

Check out some fun stills from the film below. And yes, that's a pig actress.

The festival runs from February 11th to the 18th, so if you happen to be in London, come watch and support us!

Cheerio,

Gilli

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ABC Discovers Talent Showcase...Year 2!

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ABC Discovers Talent Showcase...Year 2!

Earlier this week was the 15th Annual ABC Discovers Talent Showcase, which I was lucky enough to participate in as a writer for my second consecutive year! A scene that I wrote was featured in the New York showcase at New World Stages in 2015, and this year I got to experience the same showcase on my home turf here in LA at the El Portal Theatre. Don't believe me? See the selfie evidence below (featuring the lovely and talented Jessica Caesar):

Still aren't sure what to think? Check out the official press release HERE!

Thanks for the support!

xoxo,

Gilli

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GoodGame's Back!

GoodGame, the hilarious web series I work on, is back from hiatus with new episodes! Check out the latest below, and be sure subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch episodes 1 - 3 if you haven't yet. It's like Friday Night Lights - okay, it's nothing like FNL - but it IS like FNL in that you can watch this whether or not you play video games and still enjoy it (the way I love me some Tim Riggins even though I know nothing about football). 

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SPOONFUL

If you're like me, and you love a romantic utensil story, then this short film's for you! Watch, like, share...eat it up with a spoon! 

Please, please... like and share if you are tickled by this film. We thank ye kindly! Cast - Greg Tamura Emily Killian Gilli Messer Cinematography - Bobby Hewitt Score - Tristan Schuler Sound design/sound mixing - Alejandro Jaramillo Special thanks - Annette Villarreal and Fab Fernandez Writer/Director - Jason O. Silva

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The DLWBC LIVE @Web Series Unplugged!

Are you in LA?! Are you free on Wednesday, June 15th? Do you want to support The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club, other upcoming filmmakers, and have a drink with me? If you answered "yes" to some or all of these questions, then I cordially invite you to come celebrate as we screen episode 3 of The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club LIVE at Web Series Unplugged! 

***1960s vintage attire strongly suggested/encouraged!***

FAQ:

WHO: The DLWBC!
WHAT: Web Series Unplugged
WHERE: El Cid (Silverlake)
4212 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles 90029
WHEN: Wednesday June 15th:
8pm Pre-Show Cocktail mixer/Dinner party
9pm Screening
$10 cover at the door – 21+

Click on the image to RSVP on Facebook!

Click on the image to RSVP on Facebook!


See you there?

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Book Club's Almost In Session!

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Book Club's Almost In Session!

I'm thrilled to announce that The Drunk Lonely Wives Book Club, a web series that I created, wrote, produced, and acted in, is having its official release next Friday, May 13th. By my side were three amazing actress-producers and partners in this endeavor, Katie Enright, Malerie Grady, and Ali Bayless. Directed by Emmy-winner Mary Lou Belli, I'm particularly proud that we had so many women both in front of and behind the camera on this project! Of course, we also had a fantastic group of men who made this project happen too! I'm talking about Jimmy Gadd, Charlie Dougherty, Paul Cristo...I could go on and on! The point is, click on the photo below to watch our trailer, and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you don't miss a beat once we release our episodes next week! And while you're at it, fan us on Facebook too. Please?

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Emojiland the Musical at Rockwell!

A wise millennial once said, "An emoji is worth a thousand words." That millennial was me! I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be performing in an in-concert version of Emojiland, a new musical about your favorite smartphone icons, at Rockwell on May 9th. I'll be playing one half of the "Woman with Bunny Ears" emoji, aka this:

Meet the rest of the amazing cast below, and read about us on Playbill and Broadway World!

Tickets are going fast, so make sure you book them asap: TICKETS

See you there!

 

 

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New Article on PYPO!

Happy New Year! I'm excited to share The Actrish Phrasebook, a lil' article I wrote for PYPO, an amazing new platform for all things female-driven-comedy related. If you don't believe me, just read what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about it! Trust me...it's the next big thing, and you heard it here, on my website, first. Remember that!

Click to read the article!

Click to read the article!

If you like what you see/read, be sure to PYPEin!

xoxo,

Gilli

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ABC Discovers Showcase

 I'm so proud to announce that last week, I participated in the ABC Discovers Talent Showcase in New York as a writer. My scene, Dog Park, was chosen from a blind submission I made at the beginning of the summer. Once I got the news that my scene had been chosen by the network, I collaborated with the executives, director, and actors through the rehearsal and revision process. Everything culminated in an amazing performance on Tuesday, October 6th, at New World Stages in Manhattan. My scene was chosen to open the showcase as the very first scene! 

It was amazing experience, to say the least. I was thrilled with how everything turned out, and it was very cool to see the actors onstage performing words I had written, and hearing the audience laugh and respond! Here's a link to the press release! Check out some photos below as well.

Dog Park Logline: Sick of looking for love in all of the wrong places, two romantic hopefuls share a connection at a less-typical location; the dog park.

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