Allison Norris-Austin, Giovanni Mocibob and Ellen Burr met in a sitcom class at Scott Sedita Studio. An immediate chemistry, and love of gin martinis, was discovered. Ellen started writing short character studies to learn more about the different characters of comedy. The studies turned into scenes and short films. She asked Allison to read some to get feedback on her writing. Allison fell in love with the female lead, Rachel of “Loves Me Loves Me Not” and thought of Giovanni for her date. Before they gathered their colleagues and site permission of The Garden Café, the writer and two actors “work-shopped” the script. They were a great three-some Ellen had a flair for timing, Allison and Gio both had a flair for physical comedy. They tightened up the writing, embraced their characters’ quirks and worked on lines over zoom. When it was time to shoot, they all got their Covid tests and filmed in November 2020. It is with pride and joy that they present their first film “Loves Me, Loves Me Not.”
Two middle-aged quirky singles meet for drinks after they connected on OK-cupid. His compliments and her lack of conversation leads them to “laying all the cards on the table.” They go back and forth with his wants, her needs, their compatibilities until an outrageous revelations is a deal breaker.
A career "ad guy," Bret started out as a copywriter on brands like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Gardetto's Snack Mix, Breathe Right, Toro, Betty Crocker and Domino's Pizza. After producing dozens of spots on the agency side, he switched to production full time as a commercial director and producer. Along with his commercial clients, Bret produced New Music Director, a long-running interview series for the major music labels and directed the first two seasons of Celebrity Taste Makers, a two-time Emmy nominee show.
Ellen has been writing all of her life. She’s been published in school creative writing magazines, and music journals as well as self publishing her own booklet of collected writings called “It’s Already Been Taken.” Inspired by the short scenes in her sitcom acting class and bored by the endless hours of quarantine, Ellen started writing her own short two person scenes. Loves Me, Loves Me Not is her first completed screenplay. “Adventures of Sue,” a six series short episodic will be released in 2022. imdb.me/ellenburr
Marcos Durian is a Filipino-American Cinematographer, a visual storyteller consumed with telling creative, compelling and worldly stories. He has worked as a freelance cinematographer for the past 11 years on narrative, commercial and music video projects in the US and internationally. Always in pursuit of self-discovery, he is driven by the journey and has a strong desire to tell stories which reflect and represent the diverse world we live in. He is inspired by the power of image and story and wants people to feel something from the images he creates, feel the struggle, the pain, the happiness, and the human emotion that binds us. His work has won awards from numerous festivals world-wide and is a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Cinematographers Award presented by the International Cinematographers Guild (Local 600).
Born in Venezuela and based in Los Angeles, Elias is a multi-instrumentalist graduated from UCLAX's Music Production and Film Scoring programs with honors. Obsessed with sound and generating emotions through music, he's main instruments are guitar and piano. He's also a psychologist, beagle owner, and beer aficionado. http://eliasserpa.com
Allison was born & raised in Georgia. She caught the acting in bug in college then moved to NYC to continue her training where she studied with Suzanne & Bill Esper. She enjoyed studying Shakespeare at the American Globe Theatre while working on her craft. After her move to LA she embarked on her own first short film before the days of digital was so easily mastered. She joined USB and got to perform with a couple of woman’s groups. While most of her time in acting has been in the commercial world. She is excited to expand her talents in the theatrical world and carve a lane in film making. She and Ellen sparked a relationship during class and when Covid hit, so did the writing bug and away we went on creating our vision (Double)L Productions. In 2022, she won Best Actress in a short film in London.
Gio is an actor based in Los Angeles, CA. Selected theatre credits: Mary’s Wedding at Gateway Theatre, Almost Maine, The Whipping Man, Doubt, and My Name Is Asher Lev at Pacific Theatre, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Amadeus, at Chemainus Theatre, Fiddler on the Roof, and Confessions of a Paperboy at Rosebud Theatre. Selected Film/TV credits: Life XP, My True Story, Supernatural, All of My Heart 3, Intruders, Aftermath, The Romeo Section, When Calls The Heart, and the lead in the feature She Has A Name. He’s thrilled to have been a part of this playful project with great new friends and hopes to create more fun films with them in the future.
Greg Fitzsimmons Emmy Winner, writer, comedian, tv producer
Juli Juteau Adjunct Professor USC School of Cinema Arts
Brooke Harris Wolff, Umpy Films Producer/Director/Writer