If you discovered your only chance at true happiness was to throw away your predictable life and start from zero ... would you do it?
Overachieving Underdogs is a fast-paced, whip-smart serial comedy that delves into the ever exhausting pursuit of happiness, the high expectations of the Millennial generation, and the complexities of female friendship. Our A-Type underdogs navigate it all, not always with success or grace, but with an element of schadenfreude-fueled delight that will have audiences coming back for more.
Meet Tess and Polly, urbanette best friends whose seemingly perfect lives keep them too busy to realize they aren't truly happy. That is until a drug-induced confession-session on their joint 29th birthday propels them into a series of irreversible events that force them to chase the dreams they never knew they wanted.
Armed with fierce ambition, a pact to "get 'er done" (and absolutely no experience) these girls give themselves one year to wrestle their dreams into reality. Will their persistence pay off? Or are these go-getters overhauling their lives a little too late?
The last moral girl left in the urban jungle... with a secret longing to break all her own rules.
Polly has spent her 20's checking things off her 'Life To-Do' list. Marriage-material man? IKEA showroom-esque condo? Stable insurance company job? Third World foster child? Check, check, check, check. Now, that she's a year away from turning the Big 3-0, Polly slams into a quarter life crisis that makes her question everything... She can't marry her high school sweetheart! She'll never have another first kiss! She'll never do that thing in bed she's always wanted to try! Oh, and there's also the tiny problem that she's not actually in love with her fianceé...
After being "off the market" since she was sixteen, can this people-pleaser trade in her pragmatism for romantic adventure so she can find, you know... earth-shattering love?
The 'Make Kale Not War', dance-until-dawn enigma ... who secretly desires a 9-to-5 with a pension plan.
Tess spent her 20's managing the trendiest vegan restaurant in town while waiting for her life's passion to reveal itself. Now on the verge of 30, her impressive Tinder game and ability to rock a crop top aren't exactly the employable skills necessary to land a grown-up job with a fulfilling future. Impulsive, confident, a downright shit disturber, Tess hides her insecurities behind hot clothes, hotter men, and the hottest vegan farts you'll ever smell.
Can this hipster hero fake her way into a real career with no professional resume?
Sophia is an actor, writer, and producer. The internationally-acclaimed Shaw Festival Theatre as well as the Ontario Arts Council have supported her work as a writer.
Her first play, The Philanderess, directed and dramaturged by Michelle Alexander, was met with a sold-out run and rave reviews including Outstanding New Play, Production, Ensemble, and Direction (NOW Magazine) and the inaugural Second City Award for Best New Comedy. Her second play, Liars at a Funeral, will premiere in Toronto in 2017.
Acting credits include: Incorporated (CBS/UCP/Syfy) and The Cocksure Lads, which screened across Canada as part of The 2015 Canadian Indie Film Series (named an Official Selection at the Whistler Film Festival, Canadian Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, and Worldfest International Film Festival).
Sophia and Michelle collaborate non-stop and see no end in sight! They were finalists in Shaftsbury/Smokebomb Entertainment's 2016 AMP Pitch Competition and are consequently in development with their series The Mystery of the Fatal Murder.
Michelle is a Canadian actor and writer. She is best know for the role of Alison on Darknet (Netflix CAN/US/UK) *rated one of the top six horror shows of all time by Movie Pilot and one of the scariest shows to watch on Netflix by Uproxx.
Other selected acting credits include roles on the television series Orphan Black (Space/BBC America); The Strain (FX); Shadowhunters (Freeform); The Good Witch (Hallmark) among others. In 2014 Michelle was one of 10 actors chosen by Telefilm to represent Canadian Talent on the red carpet at MIPCOM in Cannes, France.
Upcoming Michelle can be seen in the Ryan Phillippe feature Wish Upon (Broad Green Productions) as well as the critically-acclaimed Designated Survivor (ABC).
Patrick became obsessed with creating images after getting his first camera at age 12. He shot hundreds of rolls of film, made stop-motion animations and videos with a Hi8 video camera during his teen years, and excelled in photography in his high school years.
In 2003 Patrick attended the Trebas Institute's Film and Television production program where he shot is first short film on 16mm.
He then continued on his mission to make films and learn the craft. In 2011, he became a full-time freelance director, editor, photographer, and video producer. His first large scale short film, AIDON, was screened at 6 festivals internationally. His 2nd short film GETTING READY FOR A LUNCH DATE was screened at 16 festivals worldwide and garnered him 2 editing awards at LA film festivals.
In August 2015 he launched Kicking Tire Films, and has since directed and produced two more short films: DRIVING IAN and THE LAST DAY. He currently has in development TYPICAL LOVE STORY (short), and ZEP (feature film), while he continues to create an eclectic body of commercial and music video work.
A graduate of both film and business schools, Liz understands the numbers and managerial sides of the production industry with a keen eye for high quality production values, entertainment and marketability.
She has an Honours BA in Communications, Media, and Film with a minor in Drama from the University of Windsor. For her Masters of Business she took a 15-month intensive program, electing to take her specialization term at York's Schulich School of Business for their Arts and Media focus through the Ontario Visiting Graduate School Program.
After over 2 years working with Canada's largest national broadcaster – CTV in their market research department, Liz left to pursue her filmmaking passion full-time. She's both produced and AD'd on a number of award-winning projects such as Sunday Afternoon Productions' webseries Someone Not There (www.sntseries.com), one of Bravo Fact's newest shorts Mature Young Adults, directed by the late Kent Nolan, and an ACTRA AFBS promotional short starring Canada's Television "IT" man—Enrico Colantoni.
She's an incredible project manager with a superhuman ability to multitask. For more information go to www.lizmayproduction.com
Mafalda's love for story telling started from a young age acting in various plays, commericals and short films. In 2012 she had the opportunity to shadow a producer on a short film that launched her passion for producing. She became determined to create amazing work.
She is an experienced Producer and Production Manager and has worked on various commercials, music videos and higher budget pilot tv shows.
In 2013 she produced her first short film Aidon. It was screened at 6 festivals. Her second short film GETTING READY FOR A LUNCH DATE screened at 16 festivals and has recieved multiple awards.
In 2015 she co-founded Kicking Tire Films and has produced 2 more short films Driving Ian and The Last Day.
Dylan's credits include numerous film and television projects.
The feature film thriller CIVIC DUTY, starring Peter Krause and directed by Jeff Renfroe premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered him the CSC Award for Best Theatrical Feature Film Cinematography. The feature film LOVE COME DOWN, directed by Clement Virgo, was also honoured with a number of Genie Awards.
Dylan's collaboration with Director Moze Mossanen has resulted in many unique and interesting TV films, including RISE, ROMEOS & JULIETS and LOVE LIES BLEEDING (which earned him a Canadian Screen Award for Best Photography in a Performing Arts Program) and the docu-drama NUREYEV, about the famous ballet dancer, Rudolph Nureyev (which won a Gemini Award for Best Photography in a Variety or Performing Arts Program or Series).
His innovative documentary GROUND RULES for Science North with Director John Milne was nominated for a CSC Award for Best Documentary Cinematography.
Dylan's credits also include numerous short films, many of which have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, including EVELYN: THE CUTEST EVIL DEAD GIRL, TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL and THREE SISTERS ON MOON LAKE.
Dylan is an extremely sought after commercial cinematographer and his work encompasses a wide range of styles.