Just as one missing girl is found, another Disappears.

The Girl Deep Down Below (T.G.D.D.B) is a dark 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

 
 
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Join us in Times Square

AUG 17 & !8


Thank you to The Arab American Museum, Chicago Filmmakers, and CDMPF for starting our summer with a celebration of screenings, Panels, and Workshops. 


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THANK YOU

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 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 


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SOLD OUT

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

June, 9th.

6:00pm  

13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126


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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 


 
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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)


MVSLIM

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. 

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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. 

  MAYA    Sabeen Sadiq is a comedian, writer, and actress based in Chicago. Sadiq has performed at the Muslim Funny Fest in NYC and at the San Francisco Desi Comedy Fest. She has opened for nationally touring comedians Mo Amer and Azhar Usman. She co-produces the comedy show  Don’t Kid Yourself  and performs stand-up all over Chicago. Sidiq plays the earnest but underachieving Maya in The Girl Deep Down Below.

MAYA

Sabeen Sadiq is a comedian, writer, and actress based in Chicago. Sadiq has performed at the Muslim Funny Fest in NYC and at the San Francisco Desi Comedy Fest. She has opened for nationally touring comedians Mo Amer and Azhar Usman. She co-produces the comedy show Don’t Kid Yourself and performs stand-up all over Chicago. Sidiq plays the earnest but underachieving Maya in The Girl Deep Down Below.

  REM (RUMZIA)     Born and raised in the metropolitan Chicago area, Nada R. Abdelrahim is a poet, model, and aspiring photographer. Abdlerahim has been published in Brainchild and The Red Shoes Review and is currently an editorial intern at  Off Kilter . Abdelrahim handles all style and costuming on the The Girl Deep Down Below, while also performing as the sardonic Rem.

REM (RUMZIA) 

Born and raised in the metropolitan Chicago area, Nada R. Abdelrahim is a poet, model, and aspiring photographer. Abdlerahim has been published in Brainchild and The Red Shoes Review and is currently an editorial intern at Off Kilter. Abdelrahim handles all style and costuming on the The Girl Deep Down Below, while also performing as the sardonic Rem.

  AMEL    Samira Baraki is an actress based out of Chicago. Having had the unforgettable opportunity to perform on Fox's Empire, Baraki was bit by the acting bug. She plays Amel, a mysterious and seemingly emotionless young woman. 

AMEL

Samira Baraki is an actress based out of Chicago. Having had the unforgettable opportunity to perform on Fox's Empire, Baraki was bit by the acting bug. She plays Amel, a mysterious and seemingly emotionless young woman. 

  AMIRA    Ragda Izar is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is pursuing a career in medicine with a focus on underserved communities. Izar is currently producing her podcast,  3ayb , a series that explores taboo issues in MENA culture. She plays the outlandish Amira in  The Girl Deep Down Below.

AMIRA

Ragda Izar is a recent graduate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is pursuing a career in medicine with a focus on underserved communities. Izar is currently producing her podcast, 3ayb, a series that explores taboo issues in MENA culture. She plays the outlandish Amira in The Girl Deep Down Below.

  MONA    Iman   Sahraoui is a Chicago based student.   Sahraoui is the set makeup artist and plays the intuitive and calculating Mona in  The Girl Deep Down Below.  

MONA

Iman Sahraoui is a Chicago based student. Sahraoui is the set makeup artist and plays the intuitive and calculating Mona in The Girl Deep Down Below. 

  ZEE (ZAINAB)     Arij Mikati is a nonprofit educator and activist based out of Chicago, where she also performs improv, acts, and hosts her comedy podcast  Wake Up Sheeple.  Mikati plays Zee, an egocentric vlogger with an unusual past, in  The Girl Deep Down Below.

ZEE (ZAINAB) 

Arij Mikati is a nonprofit educator and activist based out of Chicago, where she also performs improv, acts, and hosts her comedy podcast Wake Up Sheeple. Mikati plays Zee, an egocentric vlogger with an unusual past, in The Girl Deep Down Below.

  MEGAN    Anasazi Bhakti is a Chicago based comedian and actress. Bhakti recently returned from the west coast where she is a company member of the Island Shakespeare Festival, and currently performs sketch comedy throughout Chicago. Bhakti plays the suspiciously sincere Megan in  The Girl Deep Down Below.

MEGAN

Anasazi Bhakti is a Chicago based comedian and actress. Bhakti recently returned from the west coast where she is a company member of the Island Shakespeare Festival, and currently performs sketch comedy throughout Chicago. Bhakti plays the suspiciously sincere Megan in The Girl Deep Down Below.

  LAILA    Lydia K. Young is a hair model with Essence, and a personal trainer certified through ACE.  Young is making her acting debut as Laila, the missing girl, in  The Girl Deep Down Below.

LAILA

Lydia K. Young is a hair model with Essence, and a personal trainer certified through ACE.  Young is making her acting debut as Laila, the missing girl, in The Girl Deep Down Below.

  KAREEM    Sohib Boundaoui is a Chicago based documenter and performer. Boundaoui is currently in post-production of his poetic documentary  Bridges , a recepient of the 2018 Tribeca Fund. Boundaoui plays the gawky Kareem in  The Girl Deep Down Below.   

KAREEM

Sohib Boundaoui is a Chicago based documenter and performer. Boundaoui is currently in post-production of his poetic documentary Bridges, a recepient of the 2018 Tribeca Fund. Boundaoui plays the gawky Kareem in The Girl Deep Down Below.   

  HATHEM    Based out of Chicago, Ismail Taher is an actor and model. Taher's past works include working on the set of  Empire  as Andres Assistant, as well as print advertising for Groupon. Taher was nominated by the Children’s Miracle network as a local person of 2017. Taher is playing the "wallahi-bro" Hathem in  The Girl Deep Down Below.

HATHEM

Based out of Chicago, Ismail Taher is an actor and model. Taher's past works include working on the set of Empire as Andres Assistant, as well as print advertising for Groupon. Taher was nominated by the Children’s Miracle network as a local person of 2017. Taher is playing the "wallahi-bro" Hathem in The Girl Deep Down Below.

  NATHAN    Kareem Bazaraa is a marketing student at Loyola University, and  lives in Chicago. He's currently the head of business development at Youth in Motion, a Chicago non-profit, and an intern at Maestro Corporate Group. Bazaraa plays Nathan, a white guy with a camera, on  The Girl Deep Down Below. 

NATHAN

Kareem Bazaraa is a marketing student at Loyola University, and  lives in Chicago. He's currently the head of business development at Youth in Motion, a Chicago non-profit, and an intern at Maestro Corporate Group. Bazaraa plays Nathan, a white guy with a camera, on The Girl Deep Down Below. 

  KEVIN    Hamid Bazaraa is an interdisciplinary honors student at Loyola University Chicago, studying international studies. Bazaraa is currently interning for a state-level political campaign as well sitting on the board of multiple campus clubs- including the Pre-Law Association and Balkan American Club. Bazaraa plays the hipster racist Kevin on  The Girl Deep Down Below.  

KEVIN

Hamid Bazaraa is an interdisciplinary honors student at Loyola University Chicago, studying international studies. Bazaraa is currently interning for a state-level political campaign as well sitting on the board of multiple campus clubs- including the Pre-Law Association and Balkan American Club. Bazaraa plays the hipster racist Kevin on The Girl Deep Down Below. 

  WHITE MAN IN THE SUIT    Akbar Khan is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago completing a double major in mechanical engineering and industrial design. He currently works between two jobs; Auntie Vee’s Cupcakes, and LG as a communications analyst. He recently picked up modeling and acting: having been with the agency MARA models he continues to grow his portfolio solo whilst doing promotional modeling for local brands. Akbar plays the monster The Girl Deep Down Below.

WHITE MAN IN THE SUIT

Akbar Khan is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago completing a double major in mechanical engineering and industrial design. He currently works between two jobs; Auntie Vee’s Cupcakes, and LG as a communications analyst. He recently picked up modeling and acting: having been with the agency MARA models he continues to grow his portfolio solo whilst doing promotional modeling for local brands. Akbar plays the monster The Girl Deep Down Below.

  ISSA    Mohamad Sultan is currently a full-time graduate student at Roosevelt University, where he studies Business Administration and Industrial Organizational Psychology. Sultan is also making his acting debut in The Girl Deep Down Below as Issa.

ISSA

Mohamad Sultan is currently a full-time graduate student at Roosevelt University, where he studies Business Administration and Industrial Organizational Psychology. Sultan is also making his acting debut in The Girl Deep Down Below as Issa.

  FATIMA    Summer Zehra is an educator based out of Chicago and Dallas. She's also co-hosts a podcast discussing the issues of the Muslim diaspora. She plays Fatima in The Girl Deep Down Below

FATIMA

Summer Zehra is an educator based out of Chicago and Dallas. She's also co-hosts a podcast discussing the issues of the Muslim diaspora. She plays Fatima in The Girl Deep Down Below

 
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