2018 Finalists Announced For Beyond The Box: Playing It Short

June 28, 2018


The finalists have been announced for the 2018 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short form pitch program presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with Tubefilter. Our five projects and their teams are:

* Brittany Tomkin and Jorja Hudson, Myrtle & Willoughby
Louie Torrellas and Ernie Bustamante, New Lou
* Luke Jarvis and Rob Pooley, Justice for Alma
* Ryan George, Owen From The Woods
* Thomas Conway and Dominic Kardasiewicz, Illegal Alien

About the Teams and Their Projects:

Myrtle & Willoughby: Brittany Tomkin (Co-Creator) and Jorja Hudson (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Myrtle & Willoughby is a narrative, scripted, comedy mini-series about two, young, female detectives on Brooklyn’s Millennial Crimes Unit. When Detectives Myrtle and Willoughby stumble onto a murder case, it’s up to them to prove to their Captain and precinct that they can solve the crime. To get the recognition they deserve, they are willing to risk their jobs, reputations — and brunch plans.

Bios: Brittany Tomkin is a New York-based comedy writer and video producer. Her independent comedy duo Brit & Brit has created numerous online sketches, and she also has written and staged live shows at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and The People’s Improve Theatre. Brittany is both a contributing writer to Reductress, the satirical, online women’s magazine, and a produced playwright. Jorja Hudson is a Brooklyn-based writer, comedian and producer originally from London, England. Jorja’s work has been featured on Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Reductress, Elite Daily, Bustle, Refinery29, and more. Jorja is the creator and head writer of indie web series Low Budget Sketch Show, which screened at The Hollyweb Festival, New York Independent Film Festival, and was featured in the AV Club, New York Times and The Observer.


New Lou: Louie Torrellas (Creator) and Ernie Bustamante (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Based on the life of actor and comedian Louie Torrellas, New Lou, is a half-hour comedy about a former child actor who moves back to LA after graduating from college and must learn how to act like an adult. Except this time around, there’s no script.

Bios: A Queens, New York native actor/comic/producer Louie Torrellas attended the famed Professional Performing Arts School and won his first Emmy at twenty-one. Louie’s film and TV credits include: Jumper; Blood and Bone; One Life To Live; Law & Order; Miracle’s Boys; Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and Laffapalooza!. The founder of Ambitious Media, Louie has produced a library of content, such as Llama Cop (STARZ). Louie has been performing stand-up since the age of 10 and has parlayed his two decades of “entertainment experiences” (humiliations) into co-creating the show New Lou with Ernie Bustamante. Ernie is a writer and comedian. He has written pilot scripts for broadcast, cable, and digital networks. His sketch show, Banned in Tucson, was selected for the 2016 Montreal Just for Laughs Stand Up & Pitch Showcase. Ernie is an alumni of the ABC/Disney Writing Program and former Vice Chair of the WGA Latino Writer’s Committee. He is currently developing a half-hour comedy, Border Patrol, for television and hosts The Latino Vote (a stand-up, late night talk show) at UCB Sunset.


Justice for Alma: Luke Jarvis (Co-Creator) and Rob Pooley (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Justice For Alma follows Alma Romero, a pure-hearted, tireless lawyer and defender of the downtrodden… who is also one of the clumsiest, most forgetful people alive. Her causes are honourable: women and minority rights, as well as the belief that every person deserves a fair trial. Her methods are unconventional, bordering on insane, and often just barely snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Bios: Luke Jarvis is a co-founder of Tres Gatos TV, a Boston and NYC-based production company specializing in comedy video. An alum of NYU’s film school, Luke helped develop the Future of StoryTelling film series, which was named an Official Honouree of the 2017 Webby Awards. Rob Pooley is a co-founder of Tres Gatos TV. He is a writer, super-producer, and comedian who has performed at Nick’s Comedy Stop, the Boston Comedy Festival, and the world-famous Comedy Studio. He also co-hosts a weekly show at Bill’s Bar in downtown Boston, featuring the best stand-up talent in New England. His twin brother James will be appearing in his place at select events throughout the week in Montreal.


Owen From The Woods: Ryan George (Creator)
Synopsis: Owen from the Woods ​is a scripted comedy series following 28-year old Owen Wilkerson who, after miraculously surviving in the wilderness alone since age seven, has now emerged into the modern world. As part of his social rehabilitation, he’ll be required to move in with roommates to help him experience a “normal” living situation for someone his age. Unfortunately, this living situation is going to be anything but normal.

Bio: Ryan George is a writer and comedian based in Montreal, Canada. 

He writes and stars in Screen Rant’s bi-weekly Pitch Meetings — a YouTube comedy series in which he pokes fun at popular films. The series has accumulated tens of millions of views and its fan base grows with each new episode. 

At the 2016 Just for Laughs Festival, Ryan and his comedy group Moving Mind Studio successfully pitched their series Campus Law to superstar comedian Kevin Hart. Ryan and his partners starred in the series, which was produced by Hart and is available to stream on the LOL Network and Bell Media’s SnackableTV. 
In addition, Just for Laughs selected them to create, write and star in the first-ever scripted Just For Laughs series, Explaining to an Alien. The series premiered at the Vancouver Web Fest and screened at multiple festivals around the world.


Illegal Alien: Thomas Conway (Creator) and Dominic Kardasiewicz (Concept Art)
Synopsis: In the distant future, a brave woman with a mysterious and checkered past escapes earth moments before it explodes. Desperate and alone, she sneaks onto a strange and foreign alien planet where she must make a new life under constant threat of deportation and death. An animated series…

Bio: Thomas Conway started his comedy career doing stand-up while still in high school. After graduation from Ryerson University, he worked as a punch-up writer for The Latest Buzz (Family Channel) and as a story co-ordinator for the award-winning showrunner, Frank van Keeken (The Next Step). Thomas recently took part in the WGC’s Writing Room Intensive during the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference. He is currently a contributing writer for The Beaverton and a Junior Story Editor for CBC and Hulu’s new ambitious Sci-Fi series, Endlings.



Don’t miss this awesome pitch event!
Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place, Wednesday, July 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of our new and expanded Wednesday programming slate.  Beyond The Box is presented by Some Spider Studios, a media & entertainment company and publisher of Scary Mommy and Cafe and presented in conjunction with Tubefilter. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.

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