Holly is Writer/Director/Producer and Second City grad best known for her feature film The Guardians and her award winning web series Feathers and Toast, The Sex Trade and GG's Java Joint.
She is currently in development on a slate of exciting new projects, 2 features and 2 single cam comedies.
Her comedic influences include Harold Ramis, John Hughes, Cameron Crowe, Christopher Guest, Monty Python, The Coen Bros., James L. Brooks, Albert Brooks, Nora Ephron, Judd Apatow and Nancy Meyers, 2 of which she has had the treasured opportunity to work with.
Name: Holly Payberg
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Turtle in a Party Dress
Occupation: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Content Creator and Transmedia Producer
Unique traits: Ninja-like optimism
Film (Short, Comedy, Fantasy and Mystery) Producer Mistaking an open window for an invitation, two mischievous girls, (Bailey Noble "True Blood", Emily Mest "The Malibu Tapes") break into Jeweler Tarina Tarantino's downtown showroom. Together, they embark on a fashion-mocking adventure, poking fun at style-obsessed Millenials, bloggers and, of course, at pretentious fashion films. In the end however, their antics come to halt when they attempt to steal a statement necklace. Karma has never been this fun. Written by Campos, Alfonso
The Sex Trade
TV Movie (Comedy) Writer Hoping that a baby will help their shaky marriage, Seth and Karen Morgan seek the help of a unorthodox fertility doctor but instead end up with a chance to get to know each other from the inside when they wake up to discover their souls have been swapped. With no idea of how to find this doctor, they are forced to take the reins of each others lives and the battle of the sexes begins. Written by Holly Payberg
Film (Comedy and Family) Writer The con man gets conned in this family friendly action-comedy about finding your inner superhero. Written by Holly Payberg-Torroija
Film (Comedy and Sci-Fi) Visual effects Plagued by uninsured patients, greedy insurance companies, heartless health care conglomerates, and stressed out doctors, the health care delivery system is on the verge of a total breakdown - and Jake Gorman couldn't be happier. The egomaniacal medical malpractice attorney has it all. His face adorns billboards, his ads run constantly on TV and radio, while his army of informants tip him off to profitable new cases. Suing doctors has made Jake a famous and very wealthy man. Jake never met a doctor he couldn't sue, until now. As a cost cutting measure at its hospitals, R.I.P Healthcare has developed the perfect doctor. MD 63 (a.k.a. Robo-Doc) is a robotic doctor whose data bank contains all the medical knowledge in the world, and therefore Robo-Doc CAN'T make a mistake. Robo-Doc was designed to save both money and lives. Success would bring flawless, affordable health care to all and spell ruin for Jake Gorman. Written by Anonymous
Film (Action, Adventure and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew A film crew travels to the Austrian Alps near the (former) Yugoslav border to film three extreme sports enthusiasts being chased down by an avalanche for a commercial. What they don't know, however, is that they're filming near the secret hideout of Slobodan Pavle, a Serbian war criminal. Accidentally catching him on film, they become locked in a life-or-death chase for their lives through the mountains that includes skiing, snowboarding, sky diving, white water rafting, helicopters, motorcycles and base jumping. Written by Schleppy
Film (Crime, Horror and Thriller) Miscellaneous Crew Four bodies are found in New York City. Why, why, why? The coincidence? They all died 48 hours after logging on to a site named feardotcom.com. Tough detective Mike Reilly collaborates with Department of Health associate Terry Huston to research these mysterious deaths. The only way to find out though what really happened is to enter the site itself... Written by SomethingSage
Film (Action, Adventure, History and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew In 17th century Paris, a dashing swordsman named D'Artagnan finds himself at odds with the powerful forces taking over France. He sets out to avenge the murder of his parents and finds his country cleaved by chaos and civil unrest. His heart softens only for Francesca, a fiery peasant girl who claims D'Artagnan's heart on sight. Written by Sujit R. Varma
Film (Comedy and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew Georgia Mozell, Eve Marks and Maddy Mozell are adult sisters. Georgia is the editor of her own wildly successful self-titled women's magazine. She strives for publicity at any cost. Party planner Eve is the mother hen of the group, not only of her own family, but also of her siblings and father as their mother, Pat, not only emotionally left their father when they divorced, but her daughters as well. And Maddy is a vacuous soap opera actress who has always struggled for her own identity. Despite being as busy with her own life as the others, Eve is the only one of the three who deals with the long term hospitalization of their cantankerous seventy-nine year old father, Lou Mozell, when he enters the early stages of dementia, and the associated outcomes of that hospitalization. Eve's caring for Lou is despite an especially hurtful incident with him seven years earlier. As the emotional aspect of looking after Lou becomes more and more stressful, Eve has to figure out how to maintain ... Written by Huggo
Film (Biography, Crime and Drama) Art director A solo performance by Ernest Borgnine in the character of J. Edgar Hoover, the controversial figure who founded and headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Film (Comedy and Crime) Miscellaneous Crew Winter, 1988: Harrisburg PA's celebrity weatherman, Russ Richards, is broke: he's borrowed heavily to open a snowmobile dealership, and it's still unseasonably warm. Gig, his seedy pal, advises him to run an insurance scam; when it goes awry, Russ is out another $10,000 and in trouble with Dale, a bat-wielding thug. Gig convinces Russ to rig the state lottery with the help of Crystal, a gold-digging ditz with a heart of tin. They have to find a beard to buy the ticket, and then they have to cash it. Soon, murder and various double-crosses add to Russ's nightmare. A lazy cop zeroes in. Jail is closer than riches. Will Russ have to choose between his money and his life? Written by <email@example.com>
Television (Comedy and Romance) Miscellaneous Crew Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are all friends, living off of one another in the heart of New York City. Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend.
Film (Comedy and Crime) Miscellaneous Crew Ben Sobol, Psychiatrist, has a few problems: His son spies on his patients when they open up their heart, his parents don't want to attend his upcoming wedding and his patients' problems don't challenge him at all. Paul Vitti, Godfather, has a few problems as well: Sudden anxiety attacks in public, a certain disability to kill people and his best part ceasing service when needed. One day, Ben unfortunately crashes into one of Vitti's cars. The exchange of Ben's business card is followed by a business visit of Don Paul Vitti himself, who wants to be free of inner conflict within two weeks, before all the Mafia Dons meet. Now, Ben Sobol feels somewhat challenged, as his wedding is soon, his only patient keeps him busy by regarding Ben's duty as a 24 hour standby and the feds keep forcing him to spy on Paul Vitti. And how do you treat a patient who usually solves problems with a gun? Written by Julian Reischl <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Best Picture Nomination - Velvet Karma - IFFFA
Outstanding Series - The Sex Trade - LA Webfest
Outstanding Writing - The Sex Trade - LA Webfest
Outstanding Concept - The Sex Trade - LA Webfest
Official Selection - Feathers and Toast - Hollyweb Festival
Official Selection -Feathers and Toast - ISA
Official Selection - Feathers and Toast - Sunscreen Film Festival
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