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‘Ex-Best’ Looks at What Happens After Friends Break Up

'Ex-Best' Looks at What Happens After Friends Break Up

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Logline: Two best friends are forced to figure out who they are when their friend “breakup” leaves them adrift in the adult world.

Elevator Pitch: What happens when your best friend isn’t your best friend anymore? “Ex-Best” is a comedy about two women having to forge their individual identities after their friend “breakup” leaves them adrift in the adult world. With thirteen 4-minute episodes, “Ex-Best” uses the short form to tell a series narrative that shines a different light on female friendship. It’s funny, awkward, and a little sad. “Ex-Best” is a show about the friend you thought you had.

Production Team: 

Barbara Stepansky (Director)
A 2013 Nicholl Fellow, her work was short listed for the Academy Awards, garnered the DGA Diversity Award and the Student Emmy and was featured on the Black List. She has received the Mary Pickford Foundation Scholarship and the Franklin J. Schaffner AFI Fellow Award. 
Monica Hewes (Lead, Co-Writer, Producer) 
TV credits include Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” TNT’s “Transporter,” and ABC Family’s “Make It or Break It.” She wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed web-series “Awkward Sunrise.” 
Diana Gettinger (Lead, Co-Writer, Producer) 
TV credits include FX’s “The Riches” and the CW’s “90210.” Film credits include “Live Free or Die Hard.”
George Ducker (Producer) 
Production credits include the feature comedy “Lighter.” Film credits include “Luke and Brie Are on a First Date,” and the Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-winning “This Is Martin Bonner.” 
Aymae Sulick (Director of Photography)
Her work has aired on networks such as PBS, CBS, TLC, A&E, Bravo, ESPN, and Animal Planet, as well as numerous festivals.
Janna Lopez-Raven (Sound)
Has been a location Sound Mixer, boom op and consultant since 2007. 

About the Film: Frustrated by a lack of meaningful female content that didn’t revolve around men and dating, we (longtime friends Monica Hewes and Diana Gettinger) created “Ex-Best” as a way to explore the nuances of female friendship. We were fascinated by the social phenomenon of the “friend breakup” and its aftermath, so we gathered a crew of women filmmakers and set out to make a series you could sneak in between work emails or binge during lunch. The result is a show about a topic that any gender can relate to: friendship.

Current Status: Fundraising for post-production.

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