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Synopsis: “Mary” is a kickass, laser-focused spy with one mission: assassinate infamous baddie Theodore Shaw. When she fails her only chance to take him out, she must find a new point of infiltration: a family dinner party. More suited for combat than small talk, “Mary” is a true fish-out-of-water as she gets to know Theodore (surprisingly shy, goofy “Ted”), his kooky sister, and senile mother-in-law. As the night progresses, she’s faced with her conscience and, possibly, a love connection? The silly, action-packed I’m Not Nice challenges the classic trope of women giving up their goals upon falling in love.



Run Time

17 minutes


Janelle Tedesco ("Mary")
Dan Jessup (Ted)
Lori Hammel (Loretta)
Laurel Lockhart (Meemaw)
Tony Tedesco (Chip)

Directed by

Shannon Morrall

Written by

Shannon Morrall

Produced by

Tom A. Capps
Janelle Tedesco
Kevin Etherson

Edited by

Glen Covell


Sara López Marín


Phillip Russell

Director's Statement

I’m Not Nice is the second short film from when Tom Capps and Phillip Russell met Janelle Tedesco and Shannon Morrall at a film festival in 2018. The two pairs each had their own films screening and decided to join forces for their first project – I’m Not Lost, where Janelle’s character Carol first appeared in a supporting role. After Janelle’s fabulous performance as the mysterious stranger in that film, Shannon was inspired to write a short that put that character in the limelight. The team had a blast filming I’m Not Nice and continue to work together to this day.

Director's Bio

Shannon Morrall is an actor and filmmaker currently attending USC’s School of Cinematic Arts for an MFA in Film Production. Prior to enrolling she served as the Multi-media Producer for the Cinema Life Film Festival Collective’s inaugural season. Her stories tend to explore human connection, joy, and play, often through the escapism of grand adventure genres.

Tom A. Capps is an award-winning writer/producer currently based in New York. He has also worked as an editor, director, actor, sound mixer, art director, camera operator, gaffer, cook, driver, animal wrangler, basketball referee, journalist and really just too many things. He co-founded Thursday Shoots and has created content for Funny or Die, Collegehumor, truTV, UCB Comedy, Above Average, FiOS1, Child Care Works and NASA. He has an ever growing collection of cacti, two cats, drinks way too much coffee and hates writing in third person.

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