Self Ctrl

Self Ctrl is a 7 episode Webseries made in Chicago about the chaotic 29th birthday of Nicky, a recently out queer artist with adhd who is trying to turn his scraggily little life around and live out his true Scorpio season fantasy!

  • Elias N Rios
  • Nathalie Galde
  • Jonah Saesan
    The Sweatshirt, Insecurity, How Does a Merman Do it?
  • Elias N Rios
  • Elias N Rios
  • Nathalie Galde
  • Nikki Kanjiani
    "8000" The Movie, Junoon Productions, LLC
  • Alex Palma
  • Elias N Rios
    Key Cast
    Chicago PD, Empire
  • Ashley Victoria
    Key Cast
  • Rich Williams
    Key Cast
  • Terry Guest
    Key Cast
  • Garrett Williams
    Key Cast
  • Kendra Jamaica
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Television, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Slight Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 5 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 29, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    8,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, Sonxy A7III, Go Pro
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Youtube
    Country: United States
    Rights: Internet, Free TV
Director Biography - Elias N Rios, Nathalie Galde, Jonah Saesan

Elias Rios (Nicky) is a queer latine actor and photographer living in Chicago. He’s been a comedian for eight years, a photographer for twelve, and a small human for thirty three. He started his film and acting career back in his church days making short films with his friends, where his greatest role at the time was that of a heterosexual man. Since then, he has created and starred in his own web series Self Ctrl, and can be seen performing comedy across the city. He was named best Filmmaker in The Chicago Reader Best of 2021 list. You can follow his photography work at, his shenanigans on ig @eliasrios, and stream his webseries Self Ctrl at · Repped by Shirley Hamilton

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Director Statement

This project grew me exponentially as an artist. I'm proud of what i've accomplished with Self Ctrl and I hope to explore this universe even further.