Since last year's overwhelming response to our screening, we have officially released our dramatic short narrative, "Molly." (click the link in my bio) We hope this film serves as a vessel for continued discussion regarding tragedy and the unknown, in finding hope in the midst of the deepest pain. •
If this film touched your hearts, please share with someone who may need to see this. It is our mission to spread this message to as many people we can reach. And for those who would like to screen at their churches or other events, we would love to screen everywhere, shoot me a message.
Whether it's sharing a laugh, or holding one another as we cry, as storytellers our aim is to bring people together to share in the human experience; the good, the bad, the joyous and the heart-breaking moments. Through story, we aim to provide hope in the midst of pain - to bring community to what sometimes may feel like an isolated world
A special thank you to our director Chad Smathers, DP Joe Matthews, wonderful crew and cast of the talented Anjelika Washington, Noelle E. Parker and Riannah Pouncy
It is such an honor to be named a Semi-Finalist in LA's Cinefest Competition for our new original comedy series, We're NOT Friends! It has been a labor of love between myself and my co-creator, Don DiPetta, as well as the rest of our team, from our cast to our crew.
So what's the show all about? Well... first, I want you to answer this question.
True or False? Opposites Attract.
In almost every romantic comedy, this tends to be the case... but in real life, at what point do opposites attract or are just too opposite that they will forever be oil and water?
We explore this concept, as well as what it really means to be a friend in this day and age, in our comedic, single-cam series, We're NOT Friends. If you like heartfelt comedies like NEW GIRL or The Mindy Project, I think this series might resonate with you.
What would happen if Mark Wahlberg & Jenny Slate Became Roommates?
If you have a few minutes, I dare to give this series a try, share your thoughts with us on YouTube and if you think this will brighten someone's day, feel free to pass it along.
For all of you in LA, we will also be having a screening of the second half of the season mid-October, and will be sending an invite your way.
Latest Reviews From Industry & TV Critics (more below)
"Incredible, someone needs to cut them a check to get this show on a network!" - Ashley Eggleston, APA, Agency for the Performing Arts
"I must admit that Ashley Bornancin has the skills to turn any critic into a promoter. We’re NOT Friends is a breath of fresh air. It’s very well produced and the plots are simple, but witty. In all honesty, We’re NOT Friends is testimony that both Bornancin and DiPetta are taking their work seriously and going somewhere in life. A lot of comedy nowadays is based on stereotypes, a typical us versus them attitude, whether its gender, nationality, race, and etc. Bornancin and DiPetta, in looking beyond such issues, respond to the human need. There is a difference. This can get global. - Warlock Asylum International, 700,000 subscribers
"So relatable, in a hyper-specific way... definitely check it out." - Ty Matthews, AfterBuzz
Ashley and Don are now just trying to “co-exist.” However, when they both have friends over at the house, a night of fun and drinking quickly leads to the roommates pushing each other to a point where there might be no going back.
Ashley Bornancin - Broad City, Series Regular on Seth Green's CAMP WWE & New Franchise
Don DiPetta - MacGyver, Mike & Molly, Billy Gardel & Chase Crawford's Undrafted, etc.
The word thankful does not even begin to describe how I feel. Hard work, consistency, years of training, investing in not only my craft but the business, faith, constantly being told NO...all of which just keeps propelling me forward, and I thank all who have been with me on this crazy journey.
Jennifer Lawrence once said, "Failure is not an option." .... J-LAW... I couldn't agree with you more. Excited to share more details when we can.
I remember when I first got to LA and I was trying to set up meetings with reps, and told them about all the work we did in Seattle, training with Klem Daniels and amazing CD's, and someone straight up said, " We DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DID IN SEATTLE, THIS IS LA." Well, thank you to that person and to so many others who keep pushing me to believe in myself, and seek the "impossible," because as far as I'm concerned, the impossible is for those who choose to believe in it. I'm not one of those people. A big shout out to my team, my family, coaches, mentors, and those who have been a positive influence in my life.
As Gina Rodriguez would say, I CAN AND I WILL.
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Check out the pilot above, leave us a comment on our YouTube Channel, and Don't Forget to Subscribe! If you like what you see and want more episodes, be sure to share with your friends! We are so excited to hear from you.
About We're NOT Friends:
Two unlikely twenty-somethings from different sides of the track end up becoming roommates by chance and turn each other's worlds upside down. Don, a now ex-minor league baseball player, finds himself stuck in LA with no job, no fiance, no money, and no hope. In order to keep his house that he no longer can afford, he reluctantly starts interviewing roommates and between comic nerds and tattoo’ed sumo wrestlers, Don ends up getting stuck with his polar opposite... the relentlessly positive, upbeat, Ashley, an aspiring news reporter who doesn't understand the concept of "boundaries."
Though relentless, acting on her impulses to be the first and best at everything she does, Ashley, unknowingly takes an unpaid internship as a recent college graduate for Hollywood’s biggest bitch in town, working effortlessly to prove that if done ‘right’ she can have that perfect job, romantic life and more. She is confused by Don’s seemingly nonchalance take on life and his unwillingness to see the glass half full, but that doesn’t stop her from nosying her way into his life.
Don and Ashley try to navigate through life under one house, but as much as they would like to, neither of them can accept merely “co-existing,” and unintentionally push each other to the limit. Both, extremely passionate, but in may ways ignorant to the world around them, the two stubborn roommates unknowingly bring the yin and yang the other lacks, and through this insane love-hate dynamic, both might uncover that it isn't always about the home run that wins the world series.. but more the curve balls that make the game of life worth playing.
My dad had no experience whatsoever in video production and he spent hours putting this video together to encourage others to look beyond the "Hollywood" lifestyle to find the true hidden heroes. So I did just that. David Bornancin, this is for you.
To The True Hidden Hero.
A wise person once told me, “How You do One Thing is How You Do Everything,” and as I was reflecting on who I look up to the most, I realized the biggest hidden hero was right in my own home.
Colossians 3:23-24 tells us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
If you don’t know David Bornancin, his work alone shows his character, one we all can learn from.
He is a living and breathing example of someone who gives 100% effort at everything he does, not questioning, not complaining, but rather, always with a smile on his face. Even in the difficult times he is always ready to either make a snickering joke to relieve tension and stress others feel, or provide words of inspiration.
He has dedicated his life to 30+ years in the software industry working for some of the top companies in the world, but more impressively, those who work with him speak of him with words of affirmation, remarking on his consistent character, hard work, and leadership.
As a kid, I was always inspired by my “cool dad” who traveled the world and would bring my brother and I little tokens from the places he went to, but it wasn’t until I reached adulthood and that our family had to endure true hardship not only financially, but with my mom’s development of a long-term disease, that I got to be a true witness myself to his incredible character, complete selflessness, and utter servitude.
I have watched and worked alongside him for 10+ years now, and have seen him not only put in 150% into his work day by day, but his care of my mom has her Alzheimer’s hit with rapid progression.
Taking care of someone with a terminal illness is hard enough, but to see how far and beyond he goes not only grounds me, but shows me how we are called to live our lives, as a service to others, as a source of hope and light in a world that can sometimes feel so dark.
There are so many examples I have gotten to witness, but one that just sticks out to me is seeing him, after not sleeping at all, take the time to wake up early and prepare what looked like a gourmet breakfast for my mom, sitting next to her and patiently feeding her before he started work.
Most people think, “It doesn’t really matter what someone with Alzheimer’s eats, they don’t know the difference.”
That’s not the way this man works. As I see him bustle away in the kitchen he goes, “Your mom loves steak, she’s going to love this.”
After all these years, he still tries to give her the best he can. Seeing his complete servitude and love for her probably destroys modern-day love for me, which has become a casual laxidasical, self-serving affair based on convenience and self gratification.
In his free time you think he would need to hit the bars, or do something to take his mind of off things… but no. You find him teaching himself Adobe Premiere, Adobe Audition and writing inspirational videos to help spark a little inspiration into the lives of those around him.
You see him ask questions, and really listen to the answers. You see him really invest in the world, using his ‘free time’ to research and study other cultures.
Coming from a Bible college and a community where questioning what we have grown to know is unheard of and taking on any state of vulnerability can lead to criticism instead of acceptance, he openly discusses and questions the world around him, wanting to dive deeper into our purpose and living out our calling, staying up late having discussions on the Bible, going on 11 mile hikes that he is completely ill-equipped for, but pushes through.
They say how you do one thing is how you do everything, Dad, you are a shining example of someone who gives 150% to every aspect of your life, thank you for being My True Hidden Hero.