When one missing girl is found, another Disappears.
The Girl Deep Down Below (T.G.D.D.B) is a black comedy horror series that follows a group of Muslim girls searching for the missing members of their Chicago community, while facing off against a supernatural threat with an almost human prejudice.
The horrors of being brown in America are made corporeal in this seven-episode series.
T.G.D.D.B is produced by the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, a project of the Voqal Fund administered by Chicago Filmmakers.
ANNOUNCeMENTS & PRESS
BIG THANK YOU to the Tenement Museum for hosting our series creator Ali Abbas, and to CBS executive producer Liz Kineke for moderating our panel!
Photos taken by the always talented Syed Yaqeen.
Below: Our series creator and Point Scholar Alumn Ali Abbas looking starstruck as a guest at the Points awards dinner honoring Alia Shawkat.
Shawkat gave a rousing speech about the intersections of Muslim, Arab, and queer identities.
MAY 16th: Join our series creator Ali Abbas at the NYC Tenement Museum for a discussion on trauma, memory, and the healing power of science fiction.
7pm - 8:30pm
CONGRATS! TGDDB series creator Ali Abbas is developing and hosting a new show through Univision, Gimzodo, and i09.
April 16th: Join our series creator Ali Abbas at Rutgers University for a lecture on identity politics in science fiction and a workshop on filmmaking. (Cosponsored by Rutger’s Muslims feminists for the Arts and Rutger’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department)
7pm-9pm Kathleen Ludwig Center.
Cocktail and food reception begins at 7pm.
Catch our series creator Ali Abbas at the New York Public library on Sat, April 13th for a talk on horror, identity, and filmmaking.
THANK YOU RUTGERS UNIVERSITY FOR THE SPOOKY THE GIRL DEEP DOWN BELOW HALLOWEEN SCREENINGS AND TALKBACKS.
Huge thank you to daily show producer Katie M. for hooking up some of our TGDDB staff with front row seats. We’re not worthy!
WE’RE OFF TO HOLLYWOOD!
THE GIRL DEEP DOWN BELOW
SERIES CREATOR ALI ABBAS IS TAKING HIS NEW SERIES IUDEX TO LOS ANGELES FOR A WEEK OF INDUSTRY MEETINGS & PITCHES!
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH DISNEY/ABC, WISE ENTERTAINMENT, MPAC, & THE HOLLYWOOD BUREAU.
Thank you everyone who attended our New York Premier, Flame Con panel, and Movies on the Roof Screening. We love you NYC!
THE FIRST HALF OF OUR AUGUST SCHEDULE IS HERE!
ISPU listed OUR SERIES creator alongside many other amazing New York Muslims changing the entertainment industry. We're proud of all these wonderful people. (CLICK TO EXPAND)
Join Us In Times Square
For Our Official NYC Premiere
AUG 17 & !8
Thank you to The Arab American Museum, Chicago Filmmakers, and CDMPF for starting our summer with a celebration of our work through screenings and Panels.
To the wonderful audience at our Comicpalooza panel and the Islamic Arts Society for making this year so special.
We met some idols and made a bunch of new friends.
Series Creator Ali Abbas (right) and legendary bad ass Krysten Ritter (left.)
Check out hooligan mag's "Conversation with Ali Abbas, Creator of the New Supernatural Web-Series The Girl Deep Down Below"
CHECK US OUT AT POP SUGAR
"YOU MUST SEE THIS SHOW..."
"There is so much to unpack in this gem of a web series created by Ali Abbas. The Girl Deep Down Below uses sci-fi and fantasy tropes like time travel and witchcraft to delve into societal issues facing Muslim women, and women of color in general." - Black NERD PROBLEMs
Our Cultural Center Screening is sold out, but stay tuned for more TGDDB screenings in Chicago.
Check out our review and coverage in The Chicago Reader
(in print May 2)
"The series has plenty of light and funny moments, but the overall tone is unnerving. It's meant to give viewers a sense of what Muslims in America feel every day."
CHICAGO CULUTRAL CENTER & MUSEUM SCREENING
Join the cast and crew of The Girl Deep Down Below at the Chicago Cultural Center for a screening of select episodes, followed by a Q&A with series writer and director Ali Abbas.
Food and drink reception begins at 5:30 pm.
Doors close and screening begins in the Claudia Cassidy Theater (2nd floor north) at 6:30 pm.
JOIN US AT THE ARAB AMERICAN NATIONAL Museum for a screening and Q&A
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126
We're Making Change.
JOIN THE GIRL DEEP DOWN BELOW and the cast of NBC's CHICAGO FIRE at the CHICAGO FILMMAKERS new firehouse for the ribbon cutting on their brand new theater
saturday, April 28th
Check out the wonderful write-up about our show and casting practices written by the radical folks at ColorLines
Join us at CFM's new Firehouse theater
MARCH 31st tickets available on Eventbrite March, 1.
Join T.G.D.D.B series creator Ali Abbas as he leads a workshop for "unconventional directing," followed by a viewing of T.G.D.D.B and a Q&A.
Brown and Fancy af release party
FEBRUARY 28th, tickets available through Eventbrite.
Celebrate the first season release of The Girl Deep Down Below with pizza, cupcakes, and fancy cars.
DNA INFO CHICAGO
Check out our grant announcement in DNA INFO Chicago (R.I.P)
T.G.D.D.B series creator Ali Abbas discusses the importance of Muslim representation in television, and the complete lack of informed Muslim characters.
CAST & CREW
The cast & crew of The Girl Deep Down Below is comprised entirely of women, LGBTQ people, and people of color. All costuming, sets, and talent were provided by the business owners and members of the Chicago Muslim community.
Ali Abbas is a writer living and working between New York City and Chicago. He is currently the diversity fellow for the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City and a grantee for the Chicago Filmmakers Film fund. Abbas is the series creator and director of The Girl Deep Down Below.