Private Project

7AM Wednesday

A normally prompt teen shows up late at his therapist's office totally freaked-out. Can she gain his trust to find out what happened, or is her life in jeopardy?

  • Julie Herlocker
  • Kris Kaiser. Julie Herlocker
  • Julie Herlocker, Pietro Cecchini, Michele McGraw
  • Austin Levenson
    Key Cast
    The Middle
  • Carie Kawa
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Kathy Tanaka"
    Little Fires Everywhere
  • Michael Traynor
    Key Cast
    The Walking Dead
  • Joey Bothwell
    Key Cast
    Frankie & Alice
  • Ry Chase
    Key Cast
    The Other Side
  • Alison Kelly
    Dietland, Grand Hotel, Diary of a Female President
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  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Oxford Film Festival
    Oxford, MS
    United States
    March 20, 2020
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Julie Herlocker

Julie Herlocker learned the art of crafting a story as a Post Producer on one-hour dramas. Prior to her work in post, Julie worked her way up in indie films, starting as a set PA, then grip/electric, 2nd AD and line producer before moving into episodic television. Having directed ADR for more than 300 episodes of television, Julie loves working with actors. She also knows VFX, as seen in her network directing debut, the creature heavy episode of NBC’s GRIMM “Breakfast in Bed.”
Her award-winning first short, “Peter’s Ashes” set her directing career in motion. 7AM WEDNESDAY is Julie’s 2nd short. Drawn to character pieces with an edge, currently she's developing a high-tension dramedy feature, a horror short, and she’s attached to direct both the feature “Strings” and the pilot for the series "Solanna" - the story of a girl’s race against time to save her beloved horse from slaughter.
Julie was selected as an emerging director for the DGA's 2019-2020 DDI Mentorship Program.

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Director Statement

How do you stand up for yourself when someone makes you feel small? What happens when you reach a breaking point? When it’s time to make a choice, what happens when you make the wrong one?

I’m a mom to two teens, and a stepmom to two more. I know what challenges kids can face in middle school and high school. Having an adult - other than a parent - to talk to can make it a lot easier to get through difficult times. That’s especially true for kids who have problems at home. Without guidance, a kid can make a bad choice that will impact them for the rest of their lives. Kris gave me a compelling story that could open a discussion for kids and teens to acknowledge that it can be a good thing to have a safe place to go to where there’s an adult worth trusting. It doesn’t make you “uncool” but offers a way to build confidence. I hope this short film can start that conversation.