About the Production

G-SALE is written and directed by Randy Nargi and marked the first feature from Bogwood Films, a production company specializing in high-concept independent comedies.

The large ensemble cast includes Jessi Badami (“Houseband”), comic actors Tracey Conway (“Almost Live!” TV series), Mary White, Scott Burns, veteran TV and film character actors Wantland Sandel (“A League of Their Own,” “Hudsucker Proxy”), Henry Dardenne (“The Fugitive” TV series), Robin Douglas (“The X-Files”), Ted D’Arms (“Drugstore Cowboy”), and Jimmi Parker (“Father Knows Best,” “In Harm’s Way,” “Hawaii”), in addition to comedian and writer Terry “TJ” Johnson (“In Living Color”).

G-SALE was produced by husband and wife team Jessi Badami and Randy Nargi. The director of photography is Eric Browne (“Class of Nuke ‘Em High,” “Possession Point”), line producer is Mary Lively (“Other People’s Money,” “Passed Away”), and the production designer is Jean Landry (“The Good Egg,” “Inheritance”).

INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE EVENTS

The story of G-SALE was inspired by producer/actress Jessi Badami’s real-life misadventures in suburbia. “We moved out from the city into the suburbs of Seattle and immediately started seeing signs for ‘g-sales’ everywhere. Garage sales were so popular here that everyone was expected to know the abbreviation.”

Badami also started to notice the same group of garage sale fanatics at every sale.

“At one of my first estate sales, I managed to get the number one spot in line. When the doors opened, I politely wiped my feet on the door mat before entering. Big mistake. Two aggressive women in line behind me nearly knocked me down in their rush to get inside. There’s no room for niceties at a garage sale.”

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

Director Randy Nargi drew upon his experiences as an award-winning ad industry veteran to create the rich details of Bogwood including hilarious parodies of everything from retro-modern antiques to pharmaceutical commercials to classic TV sitcoms. “Audiences are very tuned into reality TV and documentaries these days, so the challenge was creating a fictional world that is every bit as real as everyday life. Just a lot funnier.”

To achieve the sense of reality, the filmmakers also created extensive “histories” for the collectibles that appear in the movie.

“People who are into garage sales, especially collectors, can often go into great detail about where a particular object came from. We wanted to capture that sense of history with the garage sale treasures we depict in G-SALE,” explains Nargi.

Among the ersatz collectibles are a glass moon globe which escaped a government recall, a special reading lamp which reputedly improves vision, an anatomically-correct wooden dog puppet, and a 1970s-era toilet seat that once belonged to a minor celebrity.

AN IMPOSSIBLE PRODUCTION

The film was shot entirely on location in Seattle and the surrounding suburb of Bellevue, Washington (which served as the fictional suburb of Bogwood). It was a whirlwind production: 125 scenes, 44 speaking parts, 39 locations: shot in just eight days.

“Our line producer actually threatened to quit at one point,” said co-producer Jessi Badami. “She said it was impossible to pull off that schedule. She was right, of course. But that didn’t prevent us from doing it anyway.”