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The Truth About Lies

Directed by Phil Allocco

Narrative Feature
USA | 1 hour 34 minutes | 2014

Gilby Smalls is having a meltdown. He’s just been fired from his job, lost his apartment in a fire and his girlfriend gave him the boot. And it’s only Wednesday. Now, at the ripe old age of thirty-something, he is forced to move in with May, his booze-swindling man-obsessed mother. This is the last straw.

Gilby’s life is bleak until best friend Kevin drags him to a family get-together, where he meets Rachel, Kevin’s very beautiful but very married sister. Rachel is the very thing Gilby needs to get his life back on track. Desperate to impress her, Gilby starts to weave a web of lies; one bigger than the next. Now in a sticky mess, Gilby is forced to face the uncomfortable truth about himself before he can find a way out of his very own Lies.

The Truth About Lies explores the potent role lying plays in relationships and life with some surprising results!

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Truth About Lies - Phil Alloco

Phil Allocco
Director, Writer, and Producer

Over the last several years Allocco has garnered over 30 awards for his films and screen- plays in categories such as Best Director, Best Short Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Audience Choice.

He was also one of the short-listed directors picked by Steven Spielberg from a world-wide search of over 12,000 directors for his US TV series On the Lot for FOX TV, produced by Spielberg and Mark Burnett.

In early 2005, Allocco produced and edited The Best of the GLAAD Awards for Logo. From 2003 to 2004 Allocco was the associate producer, segment director and editor of the TV series Repo Men – Stealing for a Living on TLC starring Vincent Pastore. He was also the associate producer of The Talent Collector for AMC and directed and edited numerous TV pilots and commercials.

With an extensive background in the visual arts, new media, and music, Allocco began his career as a musician and singer/songwriter. He was the driving force behind two bands that were under contract with MCA and Def Jam/Mercury records.

Law and Order released two international records with MCA, Guilty of Innocence, 1988, and Rites of Passage, 1992, and toured with acts such as Pearl Jam and Blind Melon. In 1995 Dogma was signed to Def Jam/Mercury and released Feeding the Future in 1997.

In 1989, after the band hosted thirty writers at a national press conference in Memphis, TN, Allocco was awarded honorary citizen and given the key to the city.



Best Williamsburg Feature
2015 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival

Best Ensemble Cast
2015 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival

Best Actor in a Comedy: Fran Kranz
2015 Williamsburg Independent Film Festival

Best Male Actor: Fran Kranz
2015 Jefferson State Flixx Fest

Best Production Design: Deana Sidney
2015 Jefferson State Flixx Fest

Selected – “Best of the Best” 3rd Weekend Screening
2015 Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Award of Excellence: Film Feature
Accolade Global Film Competition

Award of Excellence: Leading Actress: Odette Annable
Accolade Global Film Competition

Award of Merit Special Mention: Leading Actor: Fran Kranz
Accolade Global Film Competition

Nominated “Best Feature Narrative”
2016 Irvine International Film Festival

Before THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES became a film – the screenplay was:

BEST ROMANCE at the American International Film Festival- Screenplay Competition (2010)
FINALIST at the Beverly Hills Film Festival – Screenplay Competition (2011)

Film Information

Directors: Phil Allocco
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 1 hr 34 min
Genre: Romantic Comedy


Studio / Production Company: Rumpus Entertainment, Intrinsic Value Films, Make Things Work
Phil Allocco
Producers: Steve Carr, Jason Taragan, Isen Robbins, Aimee Schoof, Phil Allocco, Collen Camp, and Kim Jackson

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