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Joan's Day Out

Joan's Day Out
Short Film/TV Pilot

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TV Pilot/Short Film

Oscar-nominated actress Sally Kellerman (Robert Altman's M*A*S*HBack to School, IFC's Maron) stars alongside Tara Lynne Barr (series regular on Golden Globe-nominated Hulu series Casual) and Betsy Franco (YA author, mother to Dave and James Franco, as seen on FunnyorDie) in a multi-generational family comedy about a grandmother who feels overlooked and underappreciated by her workaholic daughter and rebellious teenage granddaughter while confined to her assisted living community.

The women learn to see eye-to-eye after a series of trouble-making escapades land them in their small-town jail where they're forced to hash out their differences and discover they're a lot more alike than they first realized.

Also featuring the talents of Halston Sage (Before I FallNeighbors), Drew Droege (Chloe on YouTube and the upcoming Heathers CW reboot), George Basil (HBO's Crashing) and the musician Henry Gummer. Full film available upon request.




Joan’s Day Out is a wonderful, funny short film. Not only was I impressed by her craftsmanship, but also her deft handling of actors, particularly Academy Award-nominated Sally Kellerman. I see my fair share of short films in my position, and in my experience, comedies can be the most difficult to pull off. Between the performances, her stylistic choices, and the production value, I’d say Ellen knocked it out of the park.
— Mark O'Connor, Producer, The Hangover franchise and Executive at Todd Phillips's Green Hat Films