Seek Help (Season 2)
Fans called Season 1: "Pleasantly Awkward & Addictive!" "Hysterical & Heartbreaking!" "Sweet & Unpredictable!" "Phenomenal!" Season 2 picks up a few months later. Richard's life is in a free-fall. Alexandria's struggling with a secret. Beth is in remission. And Lucy's on a war path.
Inclusion StatementRepresentation is very important to us. This is a story written/directed/edited and starring a full figure, bisexual woman featuring people of varying body shapes and sizes. Our DP is also gay, and we feel it is especially important to tell LGBTQ-inclusive stories here in the mid-west.
About The Project
This past year we shot Season 1 of Seek Help. It was a challenging journey full of unforseen hiccups (crowdfunding during a politically charged November, losing all the footage from our first weekend of shooting due to a technical malfunction, etc.) but nevertheless, we persisted!
We premiered the first season, binge-style, at The Moxie (Springfield's non-profit arthouse cinema) to a nearly sold-out house, just a few months after calling "That's a wrap!" What a thrill! We followed it up with a second screening at The Albatross (Springfield's coolest hookah lounge).
Before we knew it, we were trending on Stareable.com and were in the top 5 for most views on our show page all month. Reviews poured in including over 40 5-star reviews, plus 1 3-star review from some honest utensil named "Spork."
We learned a lot in Season 1, and we've stepped up to the challenge of knocking it out of the park for Season 2. We are emboldened and hungry.
Season 2 picks up a few months after Season 1 ends and life looks very different for Dr. Richard Pinkett. His life is in free-fall, his practice is closed, and his wife is hungry for revenge. Meanwhile, Alexandria is struggling to keep the secret of their affair from Beth who is busy "Seizing the day!" with a new lease on life in remission.
Season 2 is about REVENGE, REDEMPTION, and RE-BIRTH.
It's full of the same quirky humor you loved in Season 1, even bigger stakes, and a touch of suspense.
Season 2 expands to see more of our talented ensemble and features many of our favorite Springfield, Missouri locations--the places that really make this a unique, fun place to live. We think this is an important story to tell--you don't see enough LGBTQ-inclusive stories set in the mid-west--and it's told in the awkward, sweet, funny, heartfelt tone of entertainment we want to see more of in the world.
We couldn't be more excited for this adventure. We hope you'll join our team and help us bring this story to life. We have big goals for this season, and we're gonna need a little bit of help from our community to make it all happen. If you do, we promise we won't let you down. We are experienced, committed, and passionate filmmakers and we finish what we start come hell or high water.
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About This Team
Andie Bottrell, Creator (Writer, Director, Producer, Editor, and "Alexandria")
Andie Bottrell is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC). Andie's screenplay Do What You Do won 3rd in the Comedy Division of the 2011 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition and was an official finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Competition and a top finalist in the Script Showcase. Andie has written, produced, directed, edited and acted in several short films including the CAFF and AADA Alumni Film Festival selected short film Who is the Man in Black? Her short film Mind of Mercer was nominated for Best Screenplay and Best Experimental Short Film for the Perfect Spirit Film Awards at CAFF. Andie has been seen on stage and screen across the country, and will be seen in the upcoming film The Weight starring Clayne Crawford. Recent roles include Karen in Tent Theatre's UNNECESSARY FARCE, Ruth in SCT’s TRIBES, Gay Wellington & Olga Katrina in Tent Theatre's YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, several women in LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE at SCT, Gavi in The Vagrancy's world premiere of DOWN IN THE FACE OF GOD by Tim J. Lord, and Ms. Maron in a short film written & directed by Andie Bottrell MS. MARON'S COUPLES COUNSELING. Currently, Andie can be seen in GOOD PEOPLE at Springfield Contemporary Theatre. www.andiebottrell.com
Jonathan Stratman, Director of Photography, Producer
Jonathan Stratman is a filmmaker based in Springfield, Missouri. With a background in creative writing and philosophy - his favorite stories are the ones that can give us just a little bit of a better view of the human condition. In addition to being the Director of Photography of Seek Help Season 1, he has been involved in several local productions in the Springfield area, including Jonathan & Andie's first collaborative effort on the series finale of Landlocked. Jonathan has been on National Television for his great attitude, and his work has been shown on ABC world news. He is totally single, and is "seeking help," so you should send him prince charming's number, or at the very least donate to Seek Help Season 2!
Michael Watterson, "Dr. Richard Pinkett"
Michael Watterson is excited to be back as the world's worst therapist. Recent credits include Stevie in Springfield Contemporary Theatre's production of Good People (alongside the world's fakest therapist, Andie Bottrell), Joe Pitt in Missouri State University's production of Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches, and Roman in Daan Jansen's Missed Take. He will be graduating in May 2018 with a BFA in Acting from Missouri State University. He is looking forward to showing the next chapter in these complicated, loving, and kinda messed up characters.
Kate Pennington, "Lucy"
Kate Pennington (Lucy Pinkett) is ecstatic to be apart of the second season of Seek Help. Recent credits include Kristy in James Kerr’s The Town in the Middle of Nowhere, Olivia in Missouri State Universities production of Twelfth Night and Bev/Kathy in Missouri State Universities production of Clybourne Park. She is graduating in May 2018 with a BFA Acting degree. She is currently signed with Talent Plus. Seek Help has been just as much fun offscreen as it has been in front of the camera.
Lisa Marie Murphy, "Beth"Originally from Ireland, Lisa graduated from the Cork School of Music (CSM) with a BMus as a classical soprano. While there, she performed with the CSM Jazz Big Band, accompanying them on their tour to Chicago, Illinois.Film/TV credits include Choosing Signs (2008), Doorways (2012), The Walk (2016), Clara & Grace (2016), and Seek Help (2017).On stage Lisa has taken roles such as Lucy Brown (Threepenny Opera), Mrs. Sherman (FAME), Diana Morales (Chorus Line), Martha Jefferson (1776), Annie (Evil Dead: The Musical), R.C. (BUG), Annabella Schmidt, Pamela, and Margaret (The 39 Steps), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), and Tanya (Mamma Mia!).
Sarah J. Wiggin, "Dr. Rosalyn Pinkett"
Sarah is a professional actor and director who has worked in Chicago, New York, and Washington, DC. Sarah earned her MFA in Acting & Directing from the University of Arizona.
Sarah is a proud working member of the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) and the Screen Actor’s Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA). She has worked professionally with theatres such as The Shakespeare Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Ford’s Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Folger Theatre, and regional companies nationwide. Favorite roles include Becca in Rabbit Hole, Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler, Ophelia in Hamlet, and Rowena in Biloxi Blues. Her on-camera work includes Law & Order: SVU and God’s and Generals, as well as independent film, industrial, and print work.
Kolyn Marshall, "Dr. Robert Pinkett"
Kolyn is a native born Missourian and a Springfield transplant. He can be seen in various local films such as Crypt, Seek Help, Marley’s Ghost, Chased, and Counting to 1000. He is also the author of the novel Back to Justice and the screenplays Trust and Missouri Mine.
Kolyn brings his love for acting and character development to film as well as audio narration with such book as The Resistance is Dead.
NEW TEAM MEMBERS JOINING US IN SEASON TWO:
Dustin Males, Sound
Dustin Males is an audio wizard that has lent his ear to several short and feature length films in the area. A jack-of-all-trades, Dustin has worked on everything from mobile games to national Wal-Mart commercials . When he is not busy recording audible ear chocolate for TV and film, he entertains the Springfield Metropolitan area with his #1 radio night show, Late Nights with Mason on Power 96.5!
(*After suffering through Season One with NO SOUND crew, we are SO THRILLED to have Dustin on board!)
Julie Bloodworth, "Donica"
Julie Bloodworth is the former director of Missouri Fine Arts Academy, a state-wide summer residential academy for artistically gifted high school students, located on the Missouri State University campus. A lifelong educator, Julie has taught speech, theatre, and English in Texas and Missouri to students in middle-school, high school, and college. Julie has acted for some years in Springfield Contemporary Theatre productions. Favorites include Dancing at Lughnasa, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Lion in Winter, The Guys, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Agnes of God, Three Tall Women, Frozen, 33 Variations and Rabbit Hole (a co-production with RAE). In 2011, Julie won the Missouri Citizens for the Arts arts advocacy award and the Missouri Arts Council education award.Jonna Kae Volz, "Darby"Jonna Kae Volz started acting professionally in the 80's. Her on-camera acting experience began in music videos, including the well known Reba McEntire video, Fancy. She stayed busy in her teens co-starring with Carroll O'Conner on In The Heat of the Night, and working with Sam Waterston on I'll Fly Away, as well as booking day player roles on Nickelodeon shows. Over the years, she has enjoyed lead and supporting roles in Theatre, Indie Films and award winning Student Films. She still works consistently in local and national commercials. Jonna opened her own acting studio (Acting For Real) in 2015 after moving back to Springfield, MO from Los Angeles, CA to help actors develop on-camera acting skills. In addition to acting, Jonna works as a casting director for SW Missouri projects, and loves collaborating with her peers behind the camera as a writer, director and producer.