Official Selections & Awards
Illegally Brown is a dark comedy, in which two undocumented sisters become the ultimate hope to catch a terrorist organization and save the country that expelled them. Vanessa and Luna Hernandez along with their all American, hijab-wearing best friend, Farrah, find themselves in uncharted territory when they are forced in exile to Mexico, a land they have not only never been to, but don't speak the language either. While they enjoy every moment of eating taquitos, they want to go home to Los Angeles, by any means necessary. They make a list, which includes swindling bad hombres out of money in order to pay a coyote to smuggle them across the border.
When they inadvertently connect with a few lovelorn terrorists, all bets are off as they become the FBI's only hope for taking the terrorists down and saving the world. These two undocumented women and their friends are the only hope for a country that fears them. They take up the challenge willingly because they love their country, and no piece of paper or lack thereof changes that.
Jessica Marie Garcia
Gabby Revilla Lugo
Writer and Director
A dramedy feature/TV writer/director/producer and formerly undocumented immigrant, Gabby Revilla Lugo started her career in physical production then ventured into the independent feature space where she worked with names like Damian Chazelle on his award-winning film, Whiplash. She had success with films including the award-winning Palm Springs, The Starling, and Fox Searchlight's Next Goal Wins, written and directed by Taika Waititi. Gabby was staffed on ABC's hit drama, A Million Little Things, and teaches screenwriting at the Script Anatomy school.
In 2021 Gabby sold multiple podcasts and landed a feature film writing job for Mattel. She also sold 15 Candles, a TV pilot based on John Hughes' 16 Candles, to Peacock, alongside UCP and OJALA, which is led by award-winning playwright, Tanya Saracho. She worked on the TV series Brujas and completed the WGA's showrunner training program. Most recently she has been tapped as the creator of a racing drama with MGM International. Gabby has several TV projects in development, including one with 3PAS and Gina Rodriguez that is in negotiations with a major studio, and another for broadcast with AGC studios.
Jessica Olthof is a Producer at Roann Films and is responsible for overseeing the company's slate of work from initial pitch through delivery. In 2018, Jessica produced the accelerating short film "American Muscle" which premiered at the Los Angeles Indie Film Festival. Her most recent production "Breakfast" (dir. Nick Martinez) is an adaptation of John Steinbeck's "Breakfast" from The Long Valley and was screened at the Beverly Hills Film Festival in 2021.
Jessica began her career as a camera assistant working on over 15 feature films, eventually moving over as a Producer and Production Coordinator for Revek Entertainment. Recently, she coordinated the notable feature Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg and JK Simmons, which was the highest sale of a film at Sundance. She also coordinated, The Starling, helmed by Director Ted Melfi and starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd and Kevin Kline set to release on Netflix in 2021 as well as LA Units for films such as, The Banker, Voyagers, Molly's Game, and Greenland.
Rachel started working in live event production where she worked on projects from MTV's Video Music Awards to Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year Awards. She went on to study video editing and videography where she would take those skills and produce social media and various content for Prince, Justin Timberlake and a number of international and independent artists and brands. Rachel is also currently involved in real estate and renewable resource/ eco-forward businesses.
Storyboards created by Neil D'Monte