Little Con Lili (2018)
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.
The 90 Day Plan (2019)
A high school student obsessed with heist movies must convince her best friend to help her rob a bank to save her abuela (grandma) from getting evicted.
MEDIO SUMMER POEM
A poem/teaser about the themes of Love, explored in the feature film
UN DREAM DE MEDIO SUMMER.
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.
A self-centered, paranoid woman, with low self-confidence, becomes a Zen karate master and saves the love of her life from being killed by the local mafia.
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.
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.
(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 love-scorned mother learns that her daughter is engaged, she will do whatever it takes to prove that love will always lead to disappointment.
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.
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).
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).
Gabriela Garcia Medina is a Cuban-American-British filmmaker. Her short film LITTLE CON LILI (2018) won Best of Fest at HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2019), Best Short Contest with NBC (2019), winner of LALIF/FOTOKEM post-production award (2019), nominated for Best Short Comedy at the Palm Springs ShortFest (2020), winner of Starz Telling Our Stories (2020), and currently available on HBO and HBOMax. Gabriela’s short film THE 90 DAY PLAN (2019), won Best of Fest at HBO Women in Comedy Festival 2020 (Powderkeg/Feigco award), official selection at LAAPFF (2020), official selection PBS LatinXperiene (2020), and will be available on HBO (Nov 2021).
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, Nuyorican Productions, and Netflix.
Gabriela is a Hedgebrook Screenwriting Lab fellow (2016), and a Film Independent Directing Lab fellow (2020). In 2021, she wrote for Gamechanger Film’s One Love mini-series (prod. Effie Brown), participated in a Director-shadowing/mentorship on Hulu’s THE GREAT, and was selected for the SONY Incubator Lab. Also in 2021, Gabriela and Joshua Sankar (husband, and creative partner), created Mira Mira Pictures, a production company that focuses on telling inclusive, funny, and magical, stories with heart.
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, has performed at the 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, among others. Gabriela's spoken word has appeared on KCET Television, KPFK, NPR, and on commercials for Dove, Toyota, and Coca Cola.
‘Little Con Lili’ Is Like a Cuban-American ‘Matilda’
Film Independent 2020 Directing Lab Fellows
Manager: Jairo Alvarado
Agent: Valarie Phillips
A3 Artist Agency