New Comedy Web Series Takes Us Behind the Veil of Parent/Conferences, Parental Competition and Expectation

Other People’s Children (OPC) aims squarely for misdirected rage, lowered expectations, Munchausen by Proxy and Sweden. OPC finds its target in this hilarious new web series from Lion and Mouse Productions.

Chicago, IL, October 07, 2017 --( The new comedy web series, Other People's Children, looks at current social issues: bullying, feminism, Creationism, Common Core, social castes and bribery – and those are the just the parents.

Set in the fictional world of Hopkins Elementary second grade, the young and idealistic Margot Antler settles into the classroom to fill in for the previous teacher who has gone on maternity leave… permanently. Antler wonders why until she begins to meet with the various parents of the children she longs to inspire (or survive).

Starring up-and-coming comedic powerhouse Atra Asdou as the beleaguered Ms. Antler, Other People’s Children features talent from the pantheon of the Chicago comedy scene: Brooke Breit, Michael Tepeli, Scott Morehead, Sara Sevigny, Jeff Garretson, Ryan Kitley, Victor Holstein, Karisa Bruin, Ronald L. Conner, Mary Cross, Lorena Diaz, Meg Elliot and Minita Gandhi.

This tongue-placed-firmly-in-cheek mockumentary is the brainchild of DuPaul Screenwriting professors Anna Maria Hozian and Brad Riddell. Hozian and Riddell are also parents of children who attend school in the same district and it quickly became clear to them that while often motivated from a place of parental concern or a desire for their children to succeed, some parents manifested traits that were ripe for comedic exploration. And Other People’s Children does just that. Says Hozian, “We wanted to create something that captured those qualities and frames them in a funny, satirical way that allows parents to say, ‘I know someone like her!’ or ‘I've done that!’ We also really, really love teachers, and we wanted to give them a good laugh at our expense!”

Riddell is the creative mind behind American Pie: Band Camp – one of the highest-grossing live-action DVD releases in history, and now syndicated on TBS. Additionally, Riddell has written four produced feature films for Hollywood studios including Paramount, MTV, and Universal. His most recent film, Crooked Arrows, was released nationally in theaters in 2012. His directorial debut, Ten More,(2016), is playing on the festival circuit. Brad earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California.

Hozian was one of twelve women chosen for the inaugural New York Women in Film & Television’s Writers Lab, funded by Meryl Streep. Her film scripts have placed in the Semifinals and Quarterfinals of the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship and won the Gold Award for Drama in the Page International Screenwriting Awards. She was a semifinalist in 2015 for the Samuel Goldwyn Award from the University of California system and holds her MFA from the University of California. Her short film, The Guitar Lesson, was a selection for the Illinois International Film Festival in 2012. Currently, her feature-length screenplay, Anchor Baby, is with Lynmar Entertainment; and she is also developing a feature for Kickstart Entertainment.

Other People’s Children features nine conveniently bingeable episodes, in entertaining 3-4 minute segments. As this will undoubtedly leave viewers wanting more, Hozian and Riddell are keen to take the series to prime time and let the world laugh at Hopkins’ Elementary and themselves.

About Other People’s Children:
Synopsis: Margot Antler dreams of becoming a renowned novelist with a three-book deal and a summerhouse in Ghent. Reality check: she's a rookie second-grade teacher about to experience the insanity of parent/teacher conferences for the first time! In each episode, Ms. Antler finds herself across the table from adults behaving like children, and slowly comes to realize it's not her students who have problems, it's their parents.

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