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THE SO-SO YOU DON'T KNOW A Project of TV & Web Series

A dark comedy about urban loneliness.

"I've never met a therapist who easily interchanges words such as 'Shithead, Proust, and love yourself' with such flair." -John, Teacher

"This is hilarious, but also sadly, my life." -Dianne, Yoga student

"I would binge-watch this shit." -Phil, Podiatrist

"This is better than Prozac." -Unknown bar patron

I walk down the street and see every single person looking at their phone. One of them even bumps into me. Then quickly returns to Instagram. I'm sitting on the subway, daring to look up and around at my fellow humans. But no one looks back. Their faces are in their phones. Last year I met a great guy. What an incredible connection! Finally, I thought. But before I could get too excited, he politely mentioned that he wasn't looking for anything more than casual. Because who has time? I realized that in today's day, the now of disposable culture, the age of ME, a real relationship is as outdated as a Disney movie. I looked around and noticed that the endemic of loneliness wasn't only affecting me or even only affecting the single… There seemed to be a widespread disconnection between all human beings. And a sub-par level of happiness. So, I created this show. And a therapist who will tell you that the answer to all of this is….Self-love.

My name is Marlene, and I've previously written and directed award-winning shorts and a theatrically released indie feature, THE BIG SHOT-CALLER, along with a long list of music videos for some of the world's biggest icons, including 2Pac Shakur and Amy Winehouse. I was chosen as one of the "Top 25 New Faces of Independent Film" by Filmmaker Magazine and critically reviewed by the NY Times. THE SO-SO YOU DON'T KNOW is my biggest passion project to date.

Meet therapist Rhonda Vasalo, a 70 year old widow who's been through the ringer and back. Her cat, Mohammed Ali, has Leukemia, so she's running a Groupon special for new clients. Would you like to make an appointment?

Welcome to THE SO-SO YOU DON'T KNOW, a scripted web series that'll have you laughing and crying within each ten minute episode. The aim of this show is to entertain and simultaneously inspire compassion for self and others.

Episode one is in the can thanks to your support. I need your help to keep filming. If we raise $15,000 we can shoot the next three episodes. And now - ALL OF YOUR DONATIONS ARE 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

There are great perks for donating! For $25 or more you get a Twitter shout-out. For $50 or more, you get a personal affirmation written just for you. For $100 or more, you get a small part in the next episode. For $250 or more you get your own therapy session with the star of the show. For $1000 or more, you get producer credit plus all of the above.

I invite you to come on board and be part of the family of supporters. I can not wait to share these stories with the world! Thank you for helping to make this happen.

-Marlene Rhein, Creator

For more about the show, see the website: http://thesosoyoudontknow.com

THE CAST AND CREW:

MARLENE RHEIN, WRITER/DIRECTOR/ "AMANDA"

Being born one spring in NYC, Marlene Rhein grew up and decided the world needed more laughs and compassion. After growing up as a gothic teenager in suburban Long Island, she attended Ithaca College's Film Program on a Rod Serling Screenwriting Scholarship. Since then she has directed over sixty music videos for some of the world's most iconic artists as well as commercials, short films, a feature and several comedy web series. She attended the Joanne Baron/DW Brown school of acting in Los Angeles and has since gone on to pursue creating and performing in her own material, winning several awards for both and being written up in The New York Times. She currently resides in NYC with her rescued Pit Bull, Luigi.

LANA ACKAWAY "RHONDA THE THERAPIST"

Lana is an actual Certified Psychoanalyst, NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor and Forensic Specialist in Manhattan practice for over 25 years. Ms. Ackaway evaluates and treats young adults and adults experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction disorders with special emphasis on career and relationship difficulties. When her office was being scouted for a location for THE SO-SO YOU DON'T KNOW, she politely insisted on an audition and wound up becoming the star of the show.

PHILLIP NGUYEN, PRODUCER

Born in Miami to Vietnamese immigrants, and a resident of New York City since 2008, Phillip Nguyen was raised by his parents to be kind to everyone and to always ask questions. Phillip just completed "Last Fair Deal," a short centered around Blues great Robert Johnson shot in Mississippi in 2016. He started off in production as a one-man band following journalists as they covered SXSW, Bonnaroo and CMJ, and he has gone on to produce videos for CBS, TIME Inc., Maxim, and VH1.

ANDRETTE LO CONTE, PRODUCER

Andrette Lo Conte is an Italian-born, NYC-based film producer. She graduated from Turin University, Italy with a Psychology major and got her Masters degree from the Royal Holloway University of London in TV and Cinema Production. In 2013, she opened her own production company, Freak Factory, in Rome which was twice awarded grants by the Italian Ministry of Culture due to the relevant subject matter of its projects. The most successful short movies from Freak Factory are: Fulgenzio, a festival award-winning comedy and Penalty, a drama about migration, which has recently been selected by several Academy Awards qualifying festivals around the world. After working as a production manager on features and shorts across Europe she relocated to New York. She is now in development for her first feature film, 'In Utero', a psychological horror.

BRENDAN SWIFT, DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Brendan has been a member of the New York production community since 2011. Following his childhood passions, he switched from a fledgling career in civil engineering and jumped right into the camera department. He's since had the honor of directing the photography on countless projects including web series "Tough Love" and "Marco Solo," short film "Can't/Won't" and "Irish Goodbye," as well as dozens of music videos. With two independent features in preproduction for winter and spring 2017, Brendan is beyond excited for what the future holds. See more of his work at brendan-swift.com

JOEL FEITZINGER, COMPOSER

Originally from the heart of central New York, Joel Feitzinger has been making noise with sound computers for a decade. He has released many independent albums, performed as "EPT," and is expanding sonic territory with Newfolder Music Website, a meta-hypothetical music collective. He enjoys running, coffee, metafilter, hot packs and thunderstorms.

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    Keep up the hard work. You are an inspiration! Xx Alison
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    Good luck Marlene!
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    I'm Cynthia's mom. You are enormously creative!
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    You're awesome!! I love your work!! xo, Cindy