Brielle Brilliant

Brielle Brilliant (they/them) makes films, books, and prank calls about (mis)communication, liberation, and the multiplicity of identity. They are the writer-director of the feature film Firstness, which can be streamed at the Portland International Film Festival, from March 5 to March 14, 2021. Brielle is also the author of The Spud re-run novel, the writer of The Curtsy Family, the director of Streakers, the voice behind prank-calling project Calls/Deliveries, and the artist of Illocutionary Hay. They have a degree in philosophy and they dance. Brielle has also worked as a youth counselor, writer, teacher, and bookseller, and has a couple other names, like Pavli. Their work can be found at


What You (Can’t) Say

By Brielle Brilliant | March 11, 2021

What You (Can’t) Say

Director Brielle Brilliant on the very particular backstory of their new film Firstness, and what that word means to them.