Nerris Nevarez-Nassiri is a 1st generation Indigenous Mexican & MENA writer/director, and proud UCLA Film & TV grad. Having previously worked as Head of Production for the L.A. Mayor’s Office, Nerris became campaign photographer for Kamala Harris in California, and in 2020 was offered a position at the White House, which he turned down to focus on his filmmaking career.
That investment paid dividends when his feature film script MO'ALLEM made the Finals at the Austin Film Festival, as well as at the Stowe Story Labs Diversity Fellowship. Nerris’ commercial directing has seen him work with clients such as Disney Imagineering, Aputure, The Mighty, Hype House, Cirque du Soleil, and others. His work has over 500 million views across platforms and all 3 of his scripts have scored 8s on The Black List.
Nerris’ proud immigrant upbringing compels him to write gripping coming-of-age and fish-out-of-water family stories.
See more of his work at nerrisnassiri.com
MO'ALLEM (THE TEACHER)
To escape her impending arranged marriage, a brilliant Muslim teenager assumes a false identity as a teacher to obtain an American visa.
While preparing for the biggest moment of his career, an overly ambitious and immature music manager is forced to choose between his dreams and his family, when the sudden death of his estranged father leads to the adoption of a sister he never knew he had.
NO TE OLVIDES: A NEW MUSICAL
When a timid closeted Chicana takes her rambunctious dying grandmother back to their ancestral Mexican village, they both get more than they bargained for when they each start unusual romances that will reveal long-held secrets.