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Pilot Episode LEGIT MARRIED to Screen At Big Apple Film Festival

Pilot Episode LEGIT MARRIED to Screen At Big Apple Film Festival

Legit Married, an award-winning comedy pilot co-written by Ahsan Ali, Lisa Jill Anderson, and Stephen Brown and directed by Chelsea Gonzalez, is an official selection of Big Apple Film Festival and will screen as part of the Episodic & Animation Program at SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St, NYC) on May 25, 2022 at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

Legit Married is a will-they-won’t-they love story about a Pakistani immigrant with dreams of making it as an actor, who enters into a green card marriage with his privileged American friend. In the pilot episode, the two friends get in over their heads as they scramble to move in together and prepare for their upcoming green card marriage interview with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Their fake marriage challenges them to confront their assumptions, emotional baggage, and feelings for one another.

The cast features Ahsan Ali as Ali, Lisa Jill Anderson as Natalie, and Talaura Harms as Diane. The key creative team includes Andy Rolfe (director of photography), Keara Burton (editor), Alex Wroten (composer), Michael Spencer (sound design), Jazmin Patiño (hair and makeup design), and Jack Lawrence Mayer (colorist), with additional music from Grant Swift.

In addition to Big Apple Film Festival, Legit Married is slated to premiere at Dances With Films (Los Angeles) and deadCenter Film Festival (Oklahoma). Awards & Nominations: Best Web Series Winner at the LA Independent Film Awards, Best Performance Winner & Best Comedy Episode Nominee at the Women’s Comedy Festival in Atlanta. For more information, visit


Big Apple Film Festival, named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s top “25 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee”, “25 Coolest Film Festivals”, and Film Freeway’s “Top 100 Best Reviewed Festivals”, is dedicated to showcasing and promoting the highest quality films from the New York City independent film community, as well as additional specially selected films from across the country and around the world. Additionally, the festival is proud to honor a variety of New York City based filmmakers, writers, actors and artists who have played an influential role in the growth of independent filmmaking in the Big Apple. Each year BAFF presents awards in a variety of categories including Best Feature Film, Short Film, Short Documentary, Feature Documentary, Animation, NYC Cityscape Award, Student Film Award, Golden Apple Award, and NY Emerging Talent Award.