Headphones is a short film with a revised take on a familiar method many people use to cope with having anxiety -- by getting lost in their headphones.

This film was made to raise awareness for mental health. Mental illness remains a social stigma, especially within communities of color. Sharing narratives like this offers visibility enough to get conversations started on the subject, so we can grow to understand it better.

  • Rob Sherrell
  • Rob Sherrell
  • Rob Sherrell
    Key Cast
  • Chare'A Smith
    Key Cast
  • Keenan Lacy-Rhodes
    Director of Photography
  • Elijah Pouges
    Director of Photography
  • Bobby Davis Jr.
    Music & Film Score
  • Chris Redding Jr.
    Audio Engineering
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, Narrative, Fiction, Short Film, Cause
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 23, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Rob Sherrell

Rob Sherrell is a comedian and writer from Indianapolis, IN. He's known for creating the first major program in Stand-Up Comedy at Indiana University. After being deemed a trailblazer by Kevin Hart, Rob began making a name for himself in the world of comedy with his "Anti-Funny" take on life's humor through various performances and writing projects.

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Director Statement

As someone that suffers from anxiety, I wrote Headphones after being encountered in a grocery store and asked about my inability to sometimes speak to people that I run into while in public. My response was that I have social anxiety. She found it odd that a comedian would have social anxiety. I wanted to create a short film that would personify a familiar object in a way that people could relate to in an attempt to help people understand how it can feel to be afflicted with anxiety.