HOT 'N' NERDY
A nostalgic comedy about growing up nerdy before nerdy was cool.
Created by Steven Tsapelas
Produced by Steven Tsapelas & Becca Valente
Directed by Robert Vornkahl
Our story takes place on Long Island in the year 2000. Best friends ALAN and PHIL like to frequent low-rent comic book conventions which are exclusively populated by socially awkward men. That is, until, they meet BECKY, a rebel, a trendsetter and the first female they've ever seen at a comic con. Becky takes pity on these two dateless nerds and gives them a She's All That-style make-over in order to prepare them for what's coming --- a world in which "nerds" go mainstream.
HOT 'N' NERDY stars Galya Loeb, Justin Chesney, Keland Alaka'i Sarno and Chander Lovelle. It was directed by Robert Vornkahl (Nowhere, Michigan), produced by Becca Valente and created by Steven Tsapelas (We Need Gilfriends). This semi-autobiographical pilot was filmed in New York and Connecticut and was funded thanks to the generous contributions of over a hundred people who supported its IndieGoGo campaign.
HOT 'N' NERDY was made by a core group of talented and hard-working people, backed by over a hundred supporters on IndieGoGo. From the cast to the crew to the friends who showed up to be extras on an especially hot July day, their dedication to this project brought it to life. Learn more about some of our team below.
Steven Tsapelas co-created We Need Girlfriends, which in 2007 became the first webseries developed into a major network sitcom for CBS. He has written for numerous IPs, including Archie Comics and Pound Puppies and also wrote the award-winning feature script The Land That Time Like Totally Forgot. Steven currently resides in Norwalk, CT with his wife Ana and their two children.
Robert Vornkahl has worked for over a decade as a freelance Director, Director of Photography, Lighting Director, Writer and Editor. In 2015 Robert completed his first feature film Completely Normal, available on Amazon Prime and in 2017, Robert’s second film Nowhere, Michigan premiered at the New York City Independent Film Festival and has been picked up by Gravitas Ventures and is available on multiple platforms. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Danielle.
Becca Valente graduated from Wagner College in 2014 with a B.S. in Arts Administration. She began her television career as a production assistant on Beat Bobby Flay. Since then, she has worked on over fifteen productions and has worked for NBCUniversal as a production coordinator for the past three years. Originally from a small log cabin in the woods of New Hampshire, she now resides in Connecticut.
Galya Loeb is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Theatre Program and The Second City Conservatory. Some of her Chicago theatre credits include: Jane Eyre (u/s Jane, Lifeline Theatre); Orange is the New Comeback (Public House Theatre); Echo, a Reading (Chicago Dramatists), Girl Found, a Reading (Greenhouse Theatre Center); and Failmix with Raisins, The Powers that Be-Little, DeBased on a True Story, and Swing for the Picket Fences (The Second City Training Center).
Justin Chesney is a NYC-based Actor and graduate of Hofstra University's BFA performance program. Past New York credits include King John (Fools and Kings Project) and Scum: A New Play. He currently performs off-broadway at New World Stages in "The Imbible"
KELAND ALAKA'I SARNO
Keland Alaka'i Sarno is an actor based out of NYC. He graduated from Wagner College in 2014 with a BA in Theatre and Speech. He has performed at a number of regional theatres over the past few years, notably Allenberry Playhouse, Geva Theatre and Cape Playhouse.
Chandler Lovelle is an actor/singer/model based in NYC. She grew up in sunny South Florida doing musical theatre and went on to major in musical theatre at Texas State University. She has costarred in Netflix’s Bloodline, CBS’s Blue Bloods, Netflix’s upcoming show Brainchild, and the upcoming movie Belleville Cop. Instagram: @ChandlerLovelle
HOT 'N' NERDY IN THE NEWS
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January 16, 2018
We are proud to announce that HOT 'N' NERDY is an official selection for GeekFest, the World's First and Largest Traveling Comic Con Film Festival Tour and ranked one of the TOP 100 Film Festivals on FilmFreeway. In it's first five years, GeekFest has reached over four million convention goers.
HOT 'N' NERDY - NEW YORK CITY CAST & CREW SCREENING
November 18, 2018
On November 18th, 2018, the cast & crew of HOT 'N' NERDY gathered at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City for a screening of the pilot. Thank you to Joshua David for the photo.
MYSTICON - OFFICIAL SELECTION
January 18, 2019
We are pleased to announce that HOT 'N' NERDY is an official selection at MystiCon. Mysticon is a sci-fi, horror, fantasy convention held in Roanoke, Virginia. Its guest of honor this year is none other than "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" star Robert Picardo! It will be held in February 2019.