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.
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.
A working-class mom, and her 10-year-old daughter, must con their way across America, to visit the girl’s estranged and dying 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 Exile Content.
(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.
When a teen girl with muscular-dystrophy, from a working-class LatinX family, 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, where they must steal five exotic super cars for an Austrian collector.
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.
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!
18-Episode original podcast series in production with Sonoro Media to be released on iHeart radio in 2023.
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).
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 with NBC (2019), winner of LALIFF Best Short Film post-production award (2019), nominated for Best Short Comedy at the Palm Springs ShortFest (2020), and currently available on HBOMax. Gabriela’s short film THE 90 DAY PLAN (2020), won Best of Fest at HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2020), Powderkeg/Feigco Best Short Film award (2020), official selection at LAAPFF (2020), official selection PBS LatinXperiene (2020), and is available on HBOMax. Gabriela's short film BERTIE THE BRILLIANT (2022) was made in collaboration with WarnerMedia's OneFifty, and Latino Public Broadcasting. It also received fiscal sponsorship from Film Independent (2021), and will screen at the NFMLA LatinX & Hispanic Cinema in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences (2022).
Gabriela's feature film UN DREAM DE MEDIO SUMMER is in development with Marc Platt Productions, and MACRO, and her feature film LITTLE CON LILI is in development with Mandalay Pictures. Her feature MIAMI HUSTLE is being produced by Exile Content and Paul Perez (Father of the Bride). Gabriela's 18-episode original podcast series AMORES Y MENTIRAS is being produced by Sonoro Media and will air on iHeart radio in 2023.
Gabriela is a Hedgebrook Screenwriting Lab fellow (2016), a Film Independent Directing Lab fellow (2020), a Change the Lens TV Directing Lab fellow (2021), and an Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences Film Accelerator Lab fellow (2022).
Gabriela received her BFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television (2001-2005) 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, in Acting, and Writing (2012-2015).
Aside from being a filmmaker, Gabriela is also a Spoken Word poet, and has been performing nationally and internationally since 2007. She’s shared her one-woman show at over 1000 universities in the US. Internationally she has performed at Havana International Jazz Festival (Cuba), and the World Social Forum (Brazil). She’s opened for artists including Pitbull, the Black-Eyed Peas, Taj Mahal, Harry Belafonte, and social/political figures including Maxine Waters, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Kamala Harris. Gabriela's spoken word has appeared on KCET Television, KPFK, NPR, and on commercials for Dove, Toyota, and Coca Cola.