Phil gives advice for a living but he’s never taken his own...it’s way easier for him to take advantage of people underestimating him for having Klippel Feil Syndrome.

  • Brett Maline
    2016 CBS Diversity Showcase, Groundlings Sunday Company Alum, 3-year UCB Maude Team Alum
  • Brett Maline
  • Jake Isaacs
    2017 CBS Diversity Showcase Head Writer, Showrunner's Assistant (Dynasty, I'm Dying Up Here)
  • Brett Maline
  • Brett Maline
    Key Cast
    Everyone I Love Is Dead (VICE), Two Broke Girls (CBS), Gone Doggy Gone, DIBS!, Johnno and Michael Try (Amazon)
  • Karen Maruyama
    Key Cast
    Whose Line Is It Anyway, Pulp Fiction, Life of the Party, Baskets (FX), Shameless (Showtime)
  • Sara Watson
    Key Cast
    This Is Us (NBC), Inheritance, Criminal Minds (CBS)
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 5 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 19, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    6,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C200
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Director Biography - Brett Maline

Brett is a Los Angeles based filmmaker. But don't worry, he's from a small farming town in central Nebraska and was born with severe scoliosis so he's definitely niche. In 2014, Brett got the opportunity to shoot a short film written by the Farrelly brothers for HBO’s Project Greenlight. After being selected to perform in the 2016 CBS Diversity Showcase and a three year run on the UCB house sketch team The New Deal, Brett was selected to perform on the Groundlings Sunday Company. With a YouTube channel featured on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the homepages of Reddit and Funny or Die, Brett’s most recent project he co-wrote, starred in, and produced, Work Buds was an official selection for the 2018 NYTV Festival. When he’s not writing, acting, or performing, Brett enjoys playing guitar and being a die hard Nebraska Cornhuskers football fan which entails lots of unnecessary screaming at the TV.

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Director Statement

A lot of times in TV and film, people with disabilities or physical conditions are portrayed as weak, lonely, really nice and just "needing a win." This pilot ain't that. Being born and living with Klippel Feil syndrome, a rare form of scoliosis, I wanted to tell a story of someone with my same physical condition who was thriving just like everyone else and also a piece of shit in some parts of his life just like everyone else.