The film

Hard Sell centers on Hardy Buchanan (Skyler Gisondo), a senior at an elite private school who struggles to support his unstable mom (Kristin Chenoweth). Desperate to make some quick cash, he enlists the help of Bo (Katrina Bowden), a beautiful runaway, and together they devise a plan of profiting off of the wayward teens at Hardy’s school. When the students learn that Bo has more to offer than what meets the eye, the unlikely duo’s new business takes a unique turn, tossing them headfirst into the lifestyles of the rich and dysfunctional.

Critical praise

"Consistently surprising, a solid new entry on the list of coming-of-age movies." - L.A. Times


"The rich, authentic, likeable characters in “Hard Sell” give the zingy comedic premise a surprising emotional impact. The film is grounded in a strong sense of place, with an undercurrent of class conflicts and the crushing weight of expectations on the young." - Douglas J. Eboch, Screenwriter of Sweet Home Alabama


"Think Hard Sell is another naughty coming of age yarn? Get ready for a pleasant surprise." - Christian Toto,


"I went to HARD SELL with very high expectations because the trailer was so charming, but the film met and exceeded those expectations.  It is an extraordinary assured first feature for writer/director Sean Nalaboff. Beautifully written, shot and performed, equally funny and moving, a wonderful filmgoing experience by any metric." - Ross LaManna, Screenwriter of Rush Hour


Sean nalaboff

writer, director, producer

Sean Nalaboff is a film director and screenwriter from Oyster Bay, New York. Sean has directed campaigns for a mix of clients in the editorial, advertising, and entertainment fields including Time Inc., A&E Networks, ESPN, and As a music video director, Sean wrote and directed a joint venture between Warner Bros Records and sbe Entertainment Group promoting both the artists The Rubens and the iconic Redbury Hotel in Hollywood. The video drew the attention of The New York Times who wrote a feature on the project and Sean’s youthful approach. Sean’s documentary Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits was exhibited at the JF Chen gallery in Hollywood hosted by Dianne Keaton.

Sean is a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. As one of ACCD's top students, Sean won an opportunity to be mentored by legendary photographer/director Matthew Rolston. He is currently in development on his next feature 'Kingfish' that is set to begin shooting spring 2017. 


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