East of La Brea

East of La Brea tracks the untold stories of LA through the lives of two very different Muslim women from working class backgrounds: Aisha, a Black Muslim, and her Bangladeshi-American roommate, Farha. As the two struggle to navigate the changing landscape of their native Los Angeles home and their own ethnic communities, adulthood and making their dreams come true proves to be more difficult than they could ever imagine.

Written by

Sameer Gardezi

Directed by

Sam Bailey

Created by

Sameer Gardezi

Executive Producer

Paul Feig

Executive Producer

Laura Allen Fischer

Executive Producer

Kesila Childers

Written by

Sameer Gardezi

Directed by

Sam Bailey

Created by

Sameer Gardezi

Executive Producer

Paul Feig

Executive Producer

Laura Allen Fischer

Executive Producer

Kesila Childers

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East of LA Brea

Taking place in Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, and South LA in the dead heat of summer, East of La Brea highlights the vibrant stories of different communities where folks are broke, rent is high, and it’s less of a melting pot than people just melting.

When Aisha’s childhood friend Moises moves back to LA to open up his dream cafe, it sets Aisha on the path of evaluating her own life’s journey. Though writing is her passion, she hasn’t typed a word in ages and now is stuck working a nine-to-five at a commercial realty company. Meanwhile, her roommate Farha is all over the place, whether it be Lyft driving, flipping her parents’ old antiques for a few bucks, or maintaining her social media persona. However, all this gets pushed back out of focus, when her estranged sister comes back into her life and forces her to reconcile with the past.

Written by – Sameer Gardezi

Directed by – Sam Bailey

Created by – Sameer Gardezi

Executive Producers
Paul Feig, Laura Allen Fischer, Kesila Childers, Sameer Gardezi, Ari Avishay, Austin Schumacher

Produced by – Erica Fishman

Writers
Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Tanha Dil, Nia Malika Dixon, Halima Lucas

Starring
Aisha – Geffri Maya
Farha – Kausar Mohammed
Moises – Rufino Romero
Mauricio – Herbert Siguenza
Khalilah – Jeryl Prescott

Guest Starring
Timoteo – Art Bonilla
Renee – Zainab Johnson
Zoya – Sharmita Bhattacharya
Adrian – Jorge Tercero
Gabe – Dan Ramos
Allison – Shelby Fero
Eli – Allen Strickland Williams

Hala – Rula Gardenier
Eliza – Mariel de la Mora
Neighbor – Chester A. Sims
Realty Office Coworker – Jerome St. Jerome
William – Robert M. Lee
James – Jason Boegh
Passenger – Novi Brown

Zayd – Kelcey Watson
Rifat – Kevin Mukherji
Uncle LD – Gregory Thompson
Aunt Darlene – Alretha Thomas
Aunt Haleemah – Lee Sherman
Uncle Salim – Charlz Williams
Qasim – Tristen J. Winger

Officer Flanagan – Rob Roggé
Officer Echevaria – Joe Lorenzo
Fatimah – Iyana Halley
Laura Kelps – Jessica Porter
White Guy in Lyft – Ryan Goldsher
Timoteo’s Son – Luis Cordova
Young Aisha – Thanayi Chase

Directory of Photography – Ante Cheng

Edited by – RubEn Navarro

Casting Director – Natasha Ward

Production Designer – Sara Millán
Costume Designer – Ciara Whaley

Unit Production Manager – 
Erica Fishman
Associate Producer – Erin Yarborough
First Assistant Director – Todd Reynolds

First Assistant Camera – Samuel Kim
Second Assistant Camera / DIT – Kayla Tong

Gaffer – Yair Halper
Best Boy Electric – Minh-Nhut Nguyen, James Wilson

Key Grip – Sebastian Schrils
Best Boy Grip – Gabriel Lee, Brandon Le

Swings – Joseph Abasta, Jiyoung Park

Sound Mixer – Scott Kaser
Boom Operator – Crow Duemig, Monson Douglas

Location Manager– Valeria Lopez
Assistant Location Manager – Alex Coffey
Location Assistance – Osiris Larkin, Lewis Espinoza

Prop Master– Cynthia Wu
Set Dresser – Luisa Mora
Set Costumer – Aura Madrigal
Shopper – Sandra Monty

Leadman – Roman Howard
Painter – Victor Antonio Labarthe

Hair Dept Head – Myesha Dickson
Makeup Dept Head – Myishia Jackson-Barnett
Hair and Makeup Assistants – Jazmine Hale, Brittni Jenkins

Script Supervisor – RubEn Navarro
Consultant – Margari Hill

Writer’s Assistant – Christina Sanchez
Assistant Editor – Katherine Cattani
Assistant Editor – Katherine Cattani
Assistant to L. Allen Fischer & S. Gardezi – Zoë Dennis

Production Assistants – Chuke Williams, Du’ana Speights, Caleb Herring, Ruby, Fludinski, Mateo Arturo

Still Photographer – Shanley McDonald
Studio Teachers – Joyce Sprout & Daphne Boelsma

Post Production Sound Services by The Translation House
Sound Designer – Diego De Pietri
Music Supervisor – Byron Sampson

Post Production Services by Incendio
Colorist – Enrico Targetti

Special Thanks to:
Muslim Arc, Pop Culture Collaborative, Pillars Fund, Tafarai Bayne, Traci Kato-Kiriyama, Alex Villalpando, Eko Canillas, Muneera Gardezi

The characters and events depicted in this program are ficticious. No depiction of actual persons, entities or events is intended. Copyright© Hello My Name is Digital, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This Motion picture is protected under the laws of the United States and other countries. Unauthorized duplication, distribution or exhibition may result in civil liability and criminal prosecution. Country of first publication: United States of America. Hello My Name is Digital, Inc. is the author of this motion picture for purposes of the Berne Convention and all national laws giving effect thereto.

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