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Psychicologist A Project of Shorts

An introverted graduate student struggling to finish her psychology dissertation finds life disrupted by her mother’s psychic puppet who insists on teaching her the importance of intuition and the meaning of human connection.

WHY THIS PROJECT??


PSYCHICOLOGIST enters the world of visual narratives at a time when female driven stories are needed and neglected. According to industry giant Variety, 7% of movies that are released in the current marketplace (2016) are directed by women, 13% are written by women, and 29% feature a female lead character. The numbers are similarly abysmal when it comes to diversity of ethnicity. Meanwhile, female driven content soars at the box office.

People want to see stories told from a female point of view!

The team behind PSYCHICOLOGIST hopes to empower women storytellers and artists by creating a story with universal appeal that encourages laughter and tears, just like real life. We are supporting the careers of a diverse group of filmmakers who are heading toward successful, sustainable futures in Hollywood and beyond. Most of our cast and crew are women and are of different nationalities!

They will be telling untold stories that open up conversations to engage and reflect on who we are individually and as a community. They are entrepreneurs and artists ready to serve as role models for the diverse groups that will see their movies.

Dr. Penelope at your service!


DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT


As an academic and a creative, I have always been driven to explore the intersections between the known and unknown. I have always been fascinated by stories telling tales that give rise to our curiosity 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, something that I refer to as my faith.

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 faith, not by living separately from either. It is a struggle that I think many of us can relate to.

Annika Hylmo - Director

CREW


DIRECTOR/WRITER - 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.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - 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.

PRODUCER - Eric Whitmore began his entertainment career as an actor working on shows such as Caroline in the City, JAG, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Wilder Napalm. From acting Eric attended UCLA's Entertainment Studies Program and became an instructor assistant. Eric produced TRUST as well as writing, directing and producing the pilot for the online cooking show, AMANDA. Besides co-producing PSYCHICOLOGIST, Eric is owner of the virtual reality startup, Digitaur.

PRODUCER - Sabrina Cooper is an award winning producer/writer/director who's short documentary I AM SEMINOLE won Best Short Documentary at Palm Springs in 2010 and was selected to show at the Cannes Film Festival in their shorts corner. She has a plethora of experience in production and thrives in fast-paced and hectic environments. Her keen eye and attention to detail is uncanny and is only rivaled by her resourcefulness, making her a distinct asset to any production. Armed with a Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Full Sail University and a Producing alumni from the American Film Institute Conservatory she is ready to accept the challenge of producer one of the producers for PSYCHICOLOGIST!



OUR AMAZING CAST



JULIA - Katie Koster was born as Katharine Koster. She is an actress and director, known for Class Dismissed (2015) and Congratulations Mr. Gonzalez! (2010).

LYNDA - Carrie Madsen is an actress and writer, known for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), Ask J (2015) and Good Girls Revolt (2015).

ROSCOE - Jason Grasl is a Native actor and writer, known for The Seminarian (2010) and Demeter: Surrender (2007).

MRS. ELLIOT - Sandi McCree is known for her edgy, street-tough performance as "Delonda Brice" on HBO's The Wire. Her TV credits also include The Closer Cold Case and Criminal Minds. McCree was a Producer of "BeBop to Hip-Hop" an educational performance at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz were she holds the position of Special Projects Coordinator. She recently appeared in the award winning documentary "Keep On Keepin On" produced by the legendary Quincy Jones.

SARAH - Jacqui Lynn Phung is an actress and producer, known for Happy Birthday, Claire (2016) and The Worst Year of My Life (2015).


AWARDS and GIFTS


Gifts: For your generous donation we would like to THANK YOU! Please let us know if you would prefer not to get a social media shout-out.

For any level donation, you will get a good feeling inside and our sincerest thanks! Unfortunately, we can't whisk you to Los Angeles (travel not included), but with a little bit of magic, see what can happen:

For $10,000 you'll get

  • an Executive Producer "Fairy Godparent" credit!
  • to name a character*!
  • a set visit!
  • two invites to attend the premier party AND the wrap party.
  • a signed copy of script, a video shout out posted on Facebook/Twitter, and a private link to download the film once it is complete.

For $5000 you'll get

  • a Producer "Magician" credit
  • a walk on part in the film as a Hollywood extra!
  • two invites to attend the premier party AND the wrap party.
  • a signed copy of script, a video shout out posted on Facebook/Twitter, and a private link to download the film once it is complete.

For $2500 you'll get

  • an Associate Producer "Champion" credit
  • two invites to attend the premier or wrap party.
  • a set visit
  • a signed copy of script, a video shout out posted on Facebook/Twitter, and a private link to download the film once it is complete.

For $1000 you'll get

  • a "thank you Oracles" credit with total 4 donors.
  • an invite to attend the premier or wrap party.
  • a signed copy of script, a shout out posted on Facebook/Twitter, and a private link to download the film once it is complete.

For $500 you'll get

  • a "thank you Spellcasters" credit with total 4 donors.
  • a signed copy of script, a shout out posted on Facebook/Twitter, and a private link to download the film once it is complete.

For $250 you'll get

  • a "thank you Spellcasters" credit with total 10 donors.
  • a signed copy of script
  • a shout out on Facebook/Twitter and a private link to stream the film once it is complete.

For $100 you'll get

  • a "thank you Spellcasters" credit with total 20 donors.
  • you will get a combined "family credit" when four or more family members donate $25 each adding up to $100 or more!
  • a shout out on Facebook/Twitter and a private link to stream the film once it is complete.

$50 you'll get

  • a shout out on Facebook/Twitter.
  • a private link to stream the film once it is complete.

$25 you'll get

  • a shout out on Facebook/Twitter.

*With approval by Psychologist Productions

$4,165 Raised
27% towards $15,000 Goal

Supported by 35 Donations:

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    Anonymous
    I Gave $10
    Ready for Dr. P's tarot card reading....
  • Lynn C.
    I Gave $50
    Good Luck with the project. From the Coopers
  • Meloney H.
    I Gave $50
    What a great concept! Woman-focused, too! Can't wait to see it!!
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
  • Christine M.
    Glad you've made so much progress since the Film Powered workshop!
  • Paula P.
  • Logan M.
    I Gave $25
    You Rock Annika!
  • Shiv G.
    I Gave $50
  • Sophia P.
    I Gave $25
    I wish you the very very best !!!
  • Sandra K.
    I Gave $25
    The puppet is guiding us to our Intuition , I love that , reminds me on Vasilisa the wise / Baba Yaga tale !
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  • Mark N.
    I Gave $10
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $250
  • Sarah W.
    I Gave $25
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  • Gale S.
    I Gave $25
  • Katherine R.
    I Gave $50
    Onward, Annika! All the best with this interesting project
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $250
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    Good luck, Annika!
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  • Daniel R.
    I Gave $25
    Congrats and best of luck making the film...looking forward to seeing it!
  • Courtney H.
    I Gave $2,500
    Annika, Thank you for stepping forward with your project and creating something special to share with the world! Go Annika Go! We love & support you!
  • Susie W.
    Congrats and best wishes for the upcoming shoot Annika and company!
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    Anonymous
    I Gave $25
    From Silvia!
  • Vickie S.
    I Gave $25
    Sorry that's about all I can afford right now!
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  • Alison M.
    I Gave $25
    Help this magical movie come alive!
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  • Marc S.
    Good luck Annika. I look forward to seeing it!
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    Anonymous
    Go Annika and team. Cheering you on!