Appland (2018 TV Movie)
Young tech entrepreneur Olivia Grassi has hit rock bottom. She's been dumped by her boyfriend/business partner, ousted from the tech company she helped create, and she's spending all her money on a lawsuit against them, both. She moves back home to Pasadena, California, where her best friend Shane suggests she creates a new dating app to get her life back on track. Olivia goes on a series of meetings to pitch her new dating app, but fails miserably because everyone she meets is terrified of her. Frustrated, but not out of the game, Olivia gets help from Shane and her family to make another attempt at selling her app. This time she gets set up with one of the biggest venture capitalists in the world, Alan Stevenson. However, this opportunity doesn't go far when Alan sexually harasses Olivia, and asks her to sign an NDA before agreeing to work with her. Rushing out of Alan's office, Olivia runs into Luke, who comforts her until her best friend Shane comes to her aid.
- Our story follows Olivia Grassi (Lauren Francesca), a young tech executive and co-creator of the world's most successful dating app. But when a romantic relationship with her business partner sours, Olivia is fired without proper cause. In response to being told that "a female co-founder as young as you makes the company look bad", Olivia files a sexual harassment lawsuit against her former business partners, and before long finds herself jobless, broke, and forced to move back with her family: her deadbeat dad, played by Larry Hankin (Breaking Bad, Seinfeld, Billy Madison); her knit-picky mother, played by Heather McPhaul (Silicon Valley, Veep, Dexter); and her annoying twin brother, played by Louie Torrellas (Emmy-Award Winning actor seen in Law and Order, Miracle Boys). With support from her family and best friend, Shane (Dennis Feitosa), Olivia pursues her dreams in defiance of the all-too-common hurdles women face in the workplace. Taking on inappropriate comments, sexual advances and harassment, Olivia's journey is ultimately grounded in overcoming the odds and defying other's expectations. The episode reaches it's climax when Olivia finds herself fending off the advances of a creepy billionaire more intent on dating her than working with her. The finale ends with Olivia realizing that she must take matters into her own hands if she wants to own her business on her own terms. Appland humorously depicts the dark realities and difficulties experienced by women in male-dominated industries. Some of the obstacles encountered by Olivia include: gender discrimination, systematic patriarchal oppression, and sexual harassment. All of the scenarios portrayed in the series are based on actual events and situations actor/creator Lauren Francesca experienced as a female entrepreneur in the tech and entertainment industries. Darkly comedic and sometimes uncomfortably funny, Appland is directed by series co-creator and actor Dennis Feitosa.