Check, Please ! First Shift, Directed by Elea Clair (New York) - Julie is a French immigrant who just moved to NY to pursue her American dream and starts working in a small chaotic restaurant. It's her first shift and nothing goes as expected. In addition to the customer’s weirdest requests, Julie also has to deal with a co-worker animosity. It sucks to be the newbie. PRODUCER'S STATEMENT Stories that take place in the US are too often told through the lens of the generic American citizen and not enough through the lens of the immigrant. We want to show how diverse, funny, rich and unpredictable the situations taking place in a New York restaurant actually are. Our writing and producing team is comprised of Marine Assaiante, a French Actress and Daniel Casteneda, a Colombian content creator; together we created Check, Please! the web series. We met while we were working in a popular restaurant in the East Village, famous for its melted Raclette cheese. We knew that we wanted to work on a comedic project together and we realized early in the process that we were both attached to having a restaurant as a backdrop. Since we wanted to keep the format light and energetic, the restaurant allows us to introduce a lot of different characters and themes without requiring a long setup and the quick nature of the back and forth that happens there just lends itself to great dialog. In order to portray the modern American workforce accurately and create characters that people could relate to we based all the main roles in the series on people we know and love. It’s the story of a young woman, who like many others, has moved to New York City to pursue her life’s dream and has to find a way to adapt and survive in this wonderful but crazy city. In addition to cultural differences, clichés, the language barrier, but also immigration status issues, Julie will share adventures and frustrations with those who will become her new family. New York has always attracted dreamers and passionate people from around the world like our selves. We want to show that diversity by creating a funny show based on characters with diverse backgrounds, and offer a unique and original take on the life of a young female immigrant. We came to New York because we wanted more, bigger and better. Producing our own web series today is part of our American dream. And like a wise man once said, “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

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