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Welcome to GaryTown

Happy summer days; lake life in a small midwestern town, bustling with thirsty vacationers, and zany tavern-hopping townies. However, there is an underlying notion that something is wrong. An elusive something is out of place. Something you cannot immediately describe with a word picture. 

Follow MATT ZELINSKI, an overly anxious forty-something podcaster, desperate to keep his contract with iheartradio, for an extended vacation in a quirky Wisconsin lake town. He quickly reunites with a job-hopping childhood friend CHARLIE NELSON, and learns Charlie has a legendary deadhead half-brother GARY he discovered over twenty years ago. Matt, curious to know more, begins asking the townsfolk about Gary, and they share bizarre and heroic stories about him, but when Matt witnesses Gary save a boy’s life at his kid's baseball game, he suspects it’s Charlie. As Matt’s suspicions grow, Gary pushes the prank as far as he can.

This is a story of deception. A meticulous stunt organized by Charlie Nelson and others, designed to trick the townsfolk and a popular podcaster into thinking Charlie has a half-brother Gary; all in an effort to expose Matt's real father and surprise a television and podcast audience. While it’s blatantly obvious to Matt and the viewing audience that Gary is Charlie; that’s not the case in these small towns. Could the exposure have damaging consequences, and who is in on the prank? The feature film is just the beginning.

  • Seth Nelson
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    mockumentary, comedy, mystery
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    United States
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  • Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards Season 6

    September 15, 2021
  • Pitch Now Screenplay Competition Season 4

    January 15, 2022
  • Die Laughing Film Festival 2022
    Hollywood, CA
    May 6, 2022
    Best of the Fest
  • 4theater Selection 2022

    May 10, 2022
    Best Comedy Screenplay
  • Italian Comedy Festival 2022
    Hollywood, CA
    April 1, 2023
  • MidWest WeirdFest
    Eau Claire, WI
    March 3, 2023
  • Outstanding Screenplays 2022

    August 10, 2022
  • Lit Laughs International Comedy Film Festival 2022
    Harrogate, Yorkshire
    July 30, 2022
  • Krimson Horyzon International Film Festival 2022
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    August 10, 2022
    Best Screenplay
  • Dreamz Catcher International Film Festival 2022
    Kolkata, West Bengal
    July 27, 2022
    Best Screenplay
  • New Age Cinemas & Scripts 2022
    September 17, 2022
    Best Comedy Screenplay
  • Kalakari Film Fest 2023
    March 18, 2023
    Official Selection
  • International Comedy Film Festival 2023

    March 2, 2023
  • Mad Wife Productions Fellowship
    Reno, NV
    July 21, 2022
  • Hollywood Comedy Shorts
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    April 21, 2023
    Official Selection
Writer - Seth Nelson