Inclusion StatementOur story touches on universal themes that include reflections on cultural diversity and spirituality. PSYCHICOLOGIST is a story by and about women (although men love it, too!). We are signatories of Women in Media's 50/50 pledge to aim for 50% gender balance behind and in front of the camera.
About The Project
"Psychicologist" is a play on "psychic" and "psychologist". Our story follows Julia who is an intellectual psychologist that also needs to learn to tap into her intuition. When Dr. Penelope appears, she instinctively tries to turn Julia into both a psychic and a psychologist - a psychicologist.
PSYCHICOLOGIST tells a story about a world that more and more people express curiosity about. Seers and fortunetellers have been around since the beginning of time, sometimes reviled, sometimes respected, and sometimes a bit of both.
Currently, more people than ever consult a psychic or intuitive about life questions, while the sale of spiritual candles, scents, and tools proliferate. People want personal growth, and often accept psychological therapy, psychic counseling, and various forms of religious/spiritual nurturing. It is not uncommon for the same person to have their angel cards and go to church. They are curious and growing more curious by the minute. They want to learn more, explore the world of psychics, and to be allowed to question and reach their own conclusions, thereby enhancing their spiritual awareness.
This is the world of PSYCHICOLOGIST - unwaveringly questioning, challenging expectations, and asking intelligent questions about the logic and intuition that drives all of us in our quest to become better human beings. These are the stories that people want to see, laugh at, cry at, and identify with. We get to experience the realities of coming of age and stepping into postgraduate adult life as we follow Julia's attempts to reconcile her familiar past and her uknown future at the same time as we are reminded of the importance of staying connected to our inner child and the joys of discovery that our puppet, Dr. Penelope, represents.
PSYCHICOLOGIST is a stand-alone short film ready to tell the stories that grown people yearn to see, talk about, and grow from... but as the story goes, who knows where it will grow!
As an academic and a creative, I have always been driven to explore the intersections between the known and the unknown. I have always been fascinated by stories telling tales that give rise to ourcuriosity about the mystery of faith and our need for logical explanations. Since childhood, I have had an awareness of the existence of something inexplicable in my existence.
Much as Julia in PSYCHICOLOGIST experiences a struggle reconciling these different parts of ourselves, I too am looking for ways to reconcile my beliefs into an integrated whole. Not easy in the chaotic world that we live in! PSYCHICOLOGIST explores these themes and their impact on family and community.
Like many, Julia resolves to detach herself emotionally by immersing herself in books and certainty, only to discover that the world is full of contradictions that can only be resolved by developing relationships and connections with other people, no matter how similar or different from herself they may seem. She finds that the only way to live is by accepting the existence of both science and mystery, not by living separately from either. It is a struggle that I think many of us can relate to.
We are ready to go into production in Los Angeles! We will be filming in an old Victorian residence close to downtown Los Angeles where we will have all of our locations and storage needs met. Having everything in one place will save us money and time. All we need is your support and a month or so of preproduction, then the camera will roll.
Our PSYCHICOLOGIST team is already fortunate – with the help of early supporters, we have covered some of our pre-production costs, like paying for a custom-built puppet, our crystal ball, a casting director, and shooting a trailer. WE LOVE YOU ALL!!! We have our locations, most of our camera and lighting needs, and (very important!) our legal services covered. WOOHOO!! Those are huge costs that are taking care of about 35% of our production costs. But we still need help.
Here is the breakdown for where your donations will go:
Because we are so grateful to you for your donation, we wanted to be able to give you a little part of the movie to take with you. Here is a breakdown of the cool perks we want to give to you!
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About This Team
We are a group of working filmmakers who are coming together to make PSYCHICOLOGIST happen! Each one of us brings her or his own special talents to collaborate and create the story.
Behind the Camera!
Annika Hylmö, Writer/Director/Producer
CREATOR - Annika Hylmö loves fantasy, spirituality and pragmatic reality. She has a background in film and entertainment that includes academic research, consulting, and extensive work at the American Film Institute's Conservatory. She tells stories about active, smart women and girls who challenge themselves to create their own futures. In addition to PSYCHICOLOGIST, Annika is currently co-producing IMAGE MAKERS: THE ADVENTURES OF AMERICA's PIONEER CINEMATOGRAPHERS, a documentary about early filmmaking in Hollywood. Since that's not out yet, she's sharing some of the movies that inspired her while writing PSYCHICOLOGIST!
Geoff Schaaf, Director of Photography
CINEMATOGRAPHER -After Director/Cinematographer Geoff Schaaf completed his MA at the State University of California, he worked in documentary films, earning a total of 4 Emmys and 13 Emmy nominations. A mong Schaaf's documentary credits was the early reality show, LIFESTYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS. Schaaf's first Hollywood DP credit was the 1990 CHINA LAKE MURDERS, starring Tom Skerritt and MichaelParks. Schaaf served as Director of Photography on hundreds of hours of episodic series including SEAQUEST DSV, FORTUNE HUNTER, EARLY EDITION, SWAMP THING, THE BURNING ZONE, FIRE COMPANY 132, CHARMED, and others.
Sydney K., Supervising Producer
Sydney K. is an independent writer/director, producer, editor, and sound designer from Los Angeles, and CEO of Rickety Wheels Productions. She went to UC Santa Cruz where she graduated as a double major in Literature and Film, with honors and awards in both her fields. Sydney never stopped working, even over the summers between college, taking summer courses and programs at schools such as the New York Film Academy and UCLA. In her senior year at UCSC, Sydney won the Eli Hollander Aspiring Filmmaker award for her work and used the resources awarded to her to create her senior thesis film "Thank You, Janet," which then became an Official Selection as a Semi-Finalist in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival in 2017/2018.
Katie Koster as JULIA McLUHAN
JULIA McLUHAN - Katie Koster. Our story follows JULIA, a graduate student trying to finish her dissertation in psychology so that she can follow in the footsteps of her MD/Ph.D. father. Katie Koster is our perfect Julia. Katie is not only an accomplished actress with training from both Boston College and the William Esper Studio in New York, but she graduated from Boston College with a dual degree in Theater and Mathematics. She is known for Class Dismissed (2015) and Congratulations Mr. Gonzalez! (2010). Katie also brings her love of all things puppets and corgis to the project!
Jason Grasl as THOMAS
THOMAS - Jason Grasl. THOMAS is a Native American delivery guy with a talent for writing graphic novels who brings Julia surprisingly profound messages through his stories. He probably finished graduate school in philosophy or Native American studies.
Tom will be captured by Jason Grasl, who is a Native actor and writer, whose long list of credits includes CASSIDY RED (2017), and TV-series Hot in Cleveland and 9-1-1. Jason writes and performs on the stage as well as on the screen, and frequently performs at the Autry Museum of the American West. In addition to being an actor, Jason brings a passion for exploring the planet and anything related to Detroit pro-sports.
Carrie Madsen as LYNDA McLUHAN
You may know Carrie Madsen from shows like Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin, and Good Girls Revolt, but now she is ready to play Julia's mom, LYNDA McLUHAN who is a little more psychic than Julia wants her to be! Writer, actor, producer Carrie Madsen is fabulous as Julia's mom, bringing with her a sparkling energy stemming from her love of dance and traveling around the world. We can't wait to share her in PSYCHICOLOGIST with you and the rest of the world!
Sandi McCree as MRS. ELLIOTT
You have never seen her like this, but multifaceted Sandi McCree is showing her softer side as grieving mother Mrs. Elliott who lost her daughter a year ago and wants nothing more than to speak with her again. She brings warmth and community to Julia, much needed in her vacuum days of finishing that last piece of her graduate studies. Of course, Sandi McCree is otherwise known for her edgy, street-tough performance as "Delonda Brice" on HBO's The Wire, while her numerous credits also include recent critically acclaimed performances on The Bobby Brown Story and The New Edition Story as Bobby Brown's mother and she is a member of the prestigious Sunday Company of The Groundlings. when she is not mentoring young people in the arts and community building.
Jacqui Lynn Phung as SARAH
Perky and quirky Sarah is convinced that her romance and family problems can only be solved with the help of Dr. Penelope’s advice. Her dad is dead and of course when Sarah's boyfriend proposes to her in a dream, not being able to talk to her dad becomes an enormous dilemma. Who, to Julia's dismay, can she trust but Dr. Penelope? Sarah is played by amazing up-and-coming actress and producer Jacqui Lynn Phung, known for Happy Birthday, Claire, The Worst Year of My Life, and Hawaii-Five-O not to mention comedy sketches on Conan. Jacqui brings tremendous energy to her parts and often her rescue dog in a wheelchair in tow.
Dr. Penelope as HERSELF
Introducing - DR. PENELOPE - herself. DR. PENELOPE is Julia’s opinionated feisty childhood puppet friend who insists on challenging Julia’s assumptions about the world.
Born in Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Penelope plays herself as Julia’s opinionated feisty childhood puppet friend who insists on challenging Julia’s assumptions about the world. A long-time fan of puppets like Miss Piggy, Lambchops, and an occasional scare from Annabelle, Dr. Penelope has waited an equally long time for her own starring role. PSYCHICOLOGIST marks her debut on the big screen.
Tom Rickman, Executive Producer in Memoriam
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER (in Memoriam) - Tom Rickman has not only been nominated for an Oscar as writer of the film Coal Miner's Daughter in 1981 but he has also been nominated for 2 Emmy's for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries for The Reagans (2004) & Truman (1996). In 2000 he also won the Humanitas Prize in the 90 minute category for Tuesdays With Morrie. Without Tom, there would be no PSYCHICOLOGIST. Dr. Penelopetalks to him all the time.
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