The Therapist!

Do you really know who your therapist is? Grab a seat and share your deepest, darkest secrets. Be careful though, he might enjoy your stories a little bit too much.

  • John Patrick Shulak
  • Joe Brennan
  • John Patrick Shulak
  • John Patrick Shulak
    Key Cast
  • Rosie Lundie
    Key Cast
  • Joe Brennan
    Key Cast
  • Justin Skinner
    Key Cast
  • Jasper Pendergrass Jr
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Comedy, Dark Comedy
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 1 second
  • Completion Date:
    April 13, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    4,200 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Independent Shorts Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Bronze Award, Best Actor
  • Indie Short Fest
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Honorable Mention, Best Dark Comedy
  • IndieX Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA
    Official Selection
  • JellyFest 2019
    Los Angeles, CA
Director Biography - John Patrick Shulak

John Patrick Shulak grew up in Racine, WI, the youngest of seven children. He was inspired to be an actor after seeing the film E.T. Since then, he's always had a dream of being an actor and a filmmaker. He has been acting since age sixteen, and in 2012 he moved to Los Angeles to finally pursue his film career. He is enjoying every minute of the experience. This is John's first time as a Director, Producer, Editor, and Cinematographer. He is grateful for his supportive friends, his fiance Anthony, and his two amazing dogs, Trevor and Deebo. John is a proud member of the LGBTQ community.

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Director Statement

The Therapist is a Dark Comedy that tells the story of a sadomasochistic man who derives pleasure from the pain of others (and himself), and attempts to answer the question "Do we really know who our therapist is?". In the day where more and more people are seeking therapy, sometimes it's best to get a second opinion. We wanted to tell this story in an entertaining, yet shocking and humorous way in order to and make the viewer think twice about with whom they could be sharing their most precious, darkest secrets. I've personally sought out therapy for anxiety and depression, and there's always that question of trust lingering in the back of my mind. Do they really care and want to help, is this just a job for them, or does it really matter since inevitably we are all responsible for our own mental health? We all have our demons to deal with, even Therapists!