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About We're Doing Good
An MPI Original Series starring Emily Pendergast and Jonathan Braylock as a young couple who set out to make the world a better place, whether the world wants it or not.
Inspired by a true and some-what embarrassing story from director Elvira Ibragimova.
A member of the Groundlings Main Company, Emily is best known for her breakout role playing Jonah’s new wife in the final season of VEEP. Other recent credits include MIRACLE WORKERS, THE CONNERS, INDEBTED, WE BROKE UP, and Comedy Central's OUT OF OFFICE.
Jonathan is an actor, comedian, writer, producer who paid a lot of money to attend NYU Tisch, so people can say, "oh that's nice," when he tells them. His recent credits include NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT, BROAD CITY, and the New Line Cinema feature HOW TO BE SINGLE. He is a head writer for the sketch group Astronomy Club, which premiered their self-titled sketch series on NETFLIX, with Kenya Barris and Dan Powell executive producing.
Jon also co-hosts the popular podcast BLACK MEN CAN'T JUMP IN HOLLYWOOD, celebrated by Splitsider, Rotten Tomatoes ("one of the best comedy podcasts") and the BBC. He can be seen performing regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in NYC.
- Emily Pendergast
- Jonathan Braylock
- Olivia Choate
- Michael Ruesga
- Tim de la Motte
- Carly J. Casey
- G. Smokey Campbell
- Miles Anderson
- Leiloni Arrie Pharms
- Matthew Horn
- Mikki Hernandez
- Andrew Knox
- Nanrisa Lee
- Elyse Ahmad
Elvira Ibragimova is an LA-based writer and director. Elvira is a half Jewish, half Muslim refugee hailing from sunny, Soviet-era Uzbekistan. At the age of ten she and her family landed in Brooklyn and Elvira settled into the business of being a *good* immigrant. But after two decades and an initial, mom-pleasing career in architecture, she turned to filmmaking.
She studied comedy and directing at Second City Film School. Her short DINGUS WISHES, placed in multiple film festivals and helped her secure the Viacom Viewfinder Directing Fellowship. Since completing the program, she's directed multiple episodes of JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!, DANGER FORCE and FAIRLY ODDPARENTS. But if this all goes bust, she'll always have that one building she designed for the Golden State Warriors.
Director of Photography
Sam is a self-taught filmmaker hailing from a small cattle farm in the heart of Missouri. He finds inspiration from places of solitude, loves to explore themes of isolation and longs for stories that feel nostalgic. His first narrative feature film as cinematographer, IN THE WAKE OF IRE, won Best Cinematography at the Chain NYC Film Festival in 2018. His documentary short, IT WAS GOOD TALKING TO YOU, won best documentary short at DOC LA in 2020 and his commercial work for Ralph Lauren was awarded a Vimeo Staff Pick. WE'RE DOING GOOD is written and directed by his creative and life partner, Elvira. The series is based on their relationship and was a fun but very meta shooting experience.
Rob Pfaltzgraff is a member of the Producers Guild of America and has served as the president of the Moving Picture Institute (MPI) since its founding in 2005. He has led the organization from its initial founding into a multimillion-dollar production company, MPI Original Films, and talent incubator. He has over 20 producer credits including lead producer on the MPI feature narrative films MISS VIRGINIA and PINBALL. His producer credits also include the award-winning short film A PIECE OF CAKE (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Nominated for Best Narrative Short) starring Rich Sommer (MAD MEN, GLOW). Rob is currently developing and producing several forthcoming short and feature length MPI Original Films. Feature length projects include PROJECT HOME, FREEDOM HAIR, and KEMBA.
Lana Link, the Moving Picture Institute's senior vice president, works with the executive staff to acquire, develop, and produce MPI Original Films. She also works with rising filmmakers in MPI's talent development programs and runs MPI masterclasses with industry experts. Her various producer credits include narrative shorts A PIECE OF CAKE (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Nominated for Best Narrative Short), MELONS, GRINGA, THE PERFECT ONE, MOVING VIOLATION, and REGULATION; feature documentaries INCARCERATING US, LOS ÚLTIMOS FRIKIS, and PROJECT HOME; short doc MAMA RWANDA; and feature narratives MISS VIRGINIA and PINBALL. Lana is currently producing MPI's forthcoming narrative features, FREEDOM HAIR and KEMBA.
Nick Reid is a film producer and the Moving Picture Institute's executive vice president. He is responsible for shaping and executing fundraising strategy, working on MPI Original Films productions, and serving as a member of the executive team. His executive producer credits include MISS VIRGINIA, A PIECE OF CAKE (Official Selection Tribeca Film Festival 2020, Nominated for Best Narrative Short), THE PERFECT ONE, and MPI's forthcoming Original feature documentary, PROJECT HOME. Nick is currently executive producing MPI's forthcoming narrative features, FREEDOM HAIR and KEMBA.