THIS ISN'T ME | Trailer
Directed by Adrian Rojas Elliot Written by Ben Kawaller Executive Produced by Lauren Finerman, Ben Kawaller, & Adrian Rojas Elliot Edited by Ian Levine Director of Photography Joe Picard ——— This Isn’t Me is a coming-of-age story for the developmentally deferred, a series about becoming the person you could be—if only you were someone else. ——— An entirely uncivilized mix of the absurd, the irreverent, and the heartfelt, This Isn’t Me follows a hapless gay man’s misguided search for happiness. Think of it as a gay Curb Your Enthusiasm for the Millennial generation, inflected with a Girls-esque pathos. The show is about Fred Knobler, an underemployed thirty-something who wants to live a meaningful life, but who keeps getting in his own way. Each episode follows Fred as he embarks on something he thinks will give him satisfaction, but which inevitably leads to humiliation. At the same time, there are hints of the man Fred could be, if he could only get ahold of himself. In the pilot episode, Fred gets hired at a tutoring company, providing a badly needed element of stability to Fred’s professional life. Until this point, Fred has spent his adult life chasing Hollywood glory, a nebulous goal he’s pursued with the discipline of a dry-erase marker. He’s had some minor successes—a part in a play here, a PA position there—but for the most part, he bounces from gig to gig, hoping for the best while being generally inept. Now, as a tutor, he’s like an emotionally reckless Mary Poppins, swooping into the lives of children, wreaking some unintentional havoc, then scrambling to fix the mess he’s made. ——— A full pitch deck outlining future episodes and the overall direction of the series is available upon request. Please send a Vimeo message or email adrian @ adrianelliot . com to request the deck.
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