Little Con Lili (2019)
Perpetually scheming 10-year-old Lili would much rather eat junk food and jam out to Air Supply than do her homework. But when her mom comes home early from work, Lili must think fast to pull off her biggest con yet.
LITTLE CON LILI is available on HBO MAX.
The 90 Day Plan (2020)
A high school student obsessed with heist movies, must convince her best friend to help her rob a bank and save her Abuela (grandma) from getting evicted.
THE 90 DAY PLAN is available on HBOMax.
BERTIE THE BRILLIANT(2022)
A young boy takes on chores, and small jobs around his neighborhood, to raise money for a ticket to a magic show; but when his grandma loses her job, he is faced with a difficult decision.
MEDIO SUMMER POEM (2020)
A poem/teaser about the themes of Love, explored in Gabriela's latest feature film
UN DREAM DE MEDIO SUMMER (in development with MACRO and Marc Platt Productions.
Short Films in Development...
A lonely and insecure woman, becomes a Zen karate master and saves the love of her life from getting beat up by a pair of machista luchadores.
WHAT TO EXPECT (2024)
After giving birth, a mother deals with her new identity, as she navigates life with her new baby, her husband, and her loud and opinionated inter-racial family.
CUQUI is a hard-working, and over-zealous Uber driver, who goes out of her way to get 5-star reviews. But when an uptight, high-strung passenger with an attitude is late for work, will Cuqui be able to do enough to maintain her 5-star rating?
A 10 year-old girl, her working class mother, and estranged grifter grandmother must con their way across America, determined to find the girl’s long-lost father.
LITTLE CON LILI feature film is in development with Mandalay Pictures,
A story of youthful lovers fated, Complicated by family. A scornful drag queen, causing agony to a fairy king seeking revenge. An idiotic friend with a magic pill, that makes mortals love at will. Conflict ensues, and chaos impends; but all’s well in the end.
UN DREAM DE MEDIO SUMMER is in development with MACRO and Marc Platt Productions.
When a hardworking Cuban-Exile realises that no matter how hard he works, he can never attain the American Dream; he puts his strong work ethic toward orchestrating one of the biggest heists in American History.
In development with Paul Perez (FATHER OF THE BRIDE) and Hillman Grad Productions.
(CASIMIRO): A desperate man will do whatever it takes, to escape the grasp of his overbearing wife, in order to attend a local fantasy role-playing tournament
(JUANITA): A scorned wife, who will go to great lengths to save her loveless marriage.
In development with Rideback Rise
When a teen girl with muscular-dystrophy learns she’s been accepted into her dream IVY league college but can’t afford to go; she gathers an all-female crew of high school frenemies (none of whom have passed their driver's tests), to attempt an impossible super-car heist during Art Basel, Miami.
When a love-scorned mother learns that her daughter is engaged, she will do whatever it takes to prove that love will always lead to disappointment.
After being fired from her job, a middle-aged, widowed, empty-nester, decides it’s finally time to go back to college, and find new meaning in her life.
Fleeing an emotionally abusive husband, VIVIAN (40s) a single-mom, and her daughter LUZ (13) move to LA, and rent a room in a Koreatown house where they must coexist with an array of quirky roommates. While Vivian struggles to heal from her past, and figure out her future; Luz, discovers the power of poetry to understand, and cope with the world around her.
HUMANNESS is a satirical, fun, musical, dark-comedy that explores the meaning of life, through different human milestones. Raising profound life questions about morality, identity, ethics, through light-hearted humor, without ever taking itself too seriously. Think Glee meets Khalil Gibran's The Prophet, meets Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales (but funny).
18 Episode Scripts - Completed!
A twenty-something, social-media obsessed narcissist wakes up as a character inside her abuela's favorite 90s Telenovela. And she thought her real-life was drama?!? Now, in order to get back to the real world, she must solve a mystery and become a better person, or she'll be stuck inside this overly dramatic parallel dimension FOREVER!
In a dystopian near-future that worships the production of babies, an infertile woman goes to a government-sponsored “Baby Spa” in a desperate attempt to become fertile. An interactive, satirical dark comedy. Think Roy Andersson, meets Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, meets The Handmaid’s Tale (but funny).
Creative collaboration with filmmaker Gabriela Diaz Arp
Gabriela Garcia Medina is a Cuban-American filmmaker. Her short film LITTLE CON LILI (2019) won Best of Fest at HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2019), Best Short Contest NBC (2019), winner of LALIFF Best Short Film (2019), nominated for Best Short Comedy at Palm Springs ShortFest (2020), and was distributed by HBOMax. Gabriela’s short film THE 90 DAY PLAN (2019), won Best of Fest at HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2020), Best Short Film – Powderkeg/Feigco Entertainment (2020), official selection at LAAPFF (2020), official selection PBS LatinXperiene (2020), acquired by WarnerMedia OneFifty (2020), and was distributed by HBOMax. Gabriela's musical comedy BERTIE THE BRILLIANT (2022) was made in collaboration with WarnerMedia OneFifty and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB). BERTIE premiered at the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences as part of the NFMLA IN FOCUS: LatinX & Hispanic Cinema, it was an official selection to PBS Short Film Festival (2023), PRIDE LA, Outfest Family Fusion (2023), and the Oscar-qualifying Chicago International Children's Film Festival (2023) and Hollyshorts Film Festival (2023), and is available on PBS.
Gabriela’s feature film LITTLE CON LILI was TOP FIVE five on the LatinX List (The Black List, 2023), and is in development with Mandalay Pictures. Her romantic musical comedy MEDIO SUMMER is in development with MACRO. Gabriela’s television series AMORES Y MENTIRAS will be developed as part of the Rideback Rise (2023/2024) fellowship program. Gabriela is NFMLA Filmmaker of the Year (2023), She’s an Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences Film Accelerator fellow (2022), a Film Independent Directing Lab fellow (2020), and a Hedgebrook Screenwriting Lab fellow (2016). Gabriela received her BFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television, with a major in Theater, and a double minor in Chicano/a Studies and African American Studies. She holds two MFA degrees from California Institute of the Arts. Prior to being a filmmaker, Gabriela was a spoken word poet. She has performed at over 1000 colleges/universities and has opened the stage for artists including Pitbull, Mos Def, and the Black-Eyed Peas, as well as for political figures including Kamala Harris, Maxine Waters.
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