See You Next Week
See You Next Week is about Frank, whose life and marriage are in utter disarray. The only support he gets comes from his weekly therapy sessions with his psychiatrist, Janet. Unfortunately, Janet is Frank's sister, and they don't get along... at all. Genre: Comedy.
Inclusion StatementBeing tone deaf when it comes to the underrepresentation of minorities and women in the entertainment industry is antithetical to our mission. We pride ourselves in not only hiring cast and crew of different ethnicities and sexual orientations, but for also telling stories with strong female leads.
About The Project
Frank is a 40-something who is almost at the point where he has nothing left to lose. His professional life is a mess, as is his marriage, and it seems that the only person he can rely on his himself.
Every Thursday for the past few years, Frank has had a standing appointment with his psychiatrist sister, Janet. Ever since their parents died, this is how the two communicate. No family dinners, no late night phone calls. Just an hour each week.
Normally, Frank complains about his life, his career, his marriage. But during this session, Frank talks about the last week of his life, and comes to some startling revelations about the relationships he has with the women in his life. His ex-fiance Helen, her best friend Megan (who he may or may not have an affair with), his wife Allie... and, of course, his sister Janet.
By the end of the session, Frank comes to terms with how he’s been living his life, and understands why getting everything we want might not be the best thing for us.
See You Next Week started out as a thought while walking down the streets of New York City during one of the warmest days of 2016. Some time in December, I think. I wondered; what would it be like to get psychiatric advice from a family member? Weird, right? Not to mention unethical... which meant it was a perfect premise for a comedy! A mother or father, that would be... creepy, and had more of a drama feel.
I figured a sibling would have more comparable experiences, and more empathy than a parent, dealing with the intricacies of relationships in the modern era, drugs, and the sweet enticement of infidelity.
The script stayed untitled for an unusually long period of time until, seriously, I was walking out of my own therapy appointment and my therapist said “Bye.” And I said “See you next week!” So, it was all me.
I know. You thought the therapist was gonna say it. Nope. Not how it happened.
Ok, yeah, that’s how it happened.
I started my filmmaking career working on a bunch of web series... web series’s... web series’? and some short films and pilots. All great learning experiences, not only in how to write, direct, produce, and edit, but also how to craft stories that capture real moments that connect with audiences. My first feature, Stuck, was nominated for a number of awards, including Best Picture, Best Script, and Best Supporting Actress. My second, Four Bottles, recently won the Audience Award at the Art of Brooklyn Film Festival and is now streaming on Brooklyn On Demand. You can find it on Roku or here:
See You Next Week will be my third feature film. We have a fantastic support network of actors, producers, and crew to help bring this story to life. Now all we need is money.
In the end, I think See You Next week is going to convince a lot of people to seek therapy.
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About This Team
We have a wonderful group of people helping us.
Julie Sisson and I have been working together since the beginning, a web series called 8 for Vegas. From there, we did a pilot (The Difference Between), a music video (Apophis by Northern Introvert), our short film 5AM, another pilot (Untitled Zombie Project), and our two feature films, Stuck and Four Bottles. We are currently shopping around our first play, Two Viewings.
Brian Sachson, co-owner of the production company Eclectic Productions, was instrumental in helping us produce Four Bottles, and we're very happy to have his help on our next film!
Heidi Pakdel-Payan, who was our make-up artist on Four Bottles, loved the new script so much, she came on as a producer of See You Next Week.
We have a truly talented cast helping us with this film.
Melanie Ryan (Allie), Britt Genelin (Megan), Kisha Milling (Helen), Adam Dulin-Tavares (Ben), Satomi Hofmann (Franchesca), Christian Jacobs (Mike) and Andrew Southern (Jesse), all of whom were in our second feature film Four Bottles, are joining us in this film. We've also got Caleb Sekeres, who's done extensive theater work, and some... guy...
New to our team are Andrea Goldman and Thirsa Van Til.
Andrea (Janet) and Thirsa (Lisa) went through a very extensive casting process. There were a number of incredibly talented women who applied for these roles. We received over 1200 submissions for Janet and Lisa. We're very happy to have found them both.