A therapist meets her limits.

  • Emily Karlsson
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Shannon Ivory, LMFT"
    I Am America, I Do Till Death Do Us Part, Fishbowl
  • Drew Petriello
    Key Cast
    12 Days Of Christmas, The Forgotten Project, Tapp
  • Soren James
    Melrose, 3AM, Playground
  • Nicholas Falabrino
    Director of Photography
    The Demon, Black Lumberjack, Long Ride Home
  • Miranda Riddle
    Practical Effects Supervisor
    Night Watchman, Blackmark, Last Days Of Capitalism
  • Bryan Barbosa
    Production Designer
    Do You See What I See?, The Springfield Three, Miniature
  • Ian Thompsett
    Location Sound Mixer
    Duke Scorpion: The Sting of Justice
  • Project Type:
    Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 20, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography

Born in Montrose, California, on October 25, 1995 to Eric & Lorey Persing. He has two siblings, Jaz Persing, a television writer known for Amazon's Good Girls Revolt & Sneaky Pete, & Sage Clemmons, a cartoonist and satirist. He directed dozens of short films stemming from an early love for cinema on any screen, and directed his first feature, Melrose, the year he turned 21. It played at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, the Culver City International Film Festival, and was later acquired by Gravitas Ventures for worldwide distribution. The film was released on April 20, 2020, and was widely embraced by young audiences in Los Angeles - despite flying fairly under the radar among wide audiences. All of its lead actors were nominated for awards, including Jinny Ryann and Drew Koles, who took home Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Performance of the Festival at the Actors Awards Los Angeles. Ryann also notably took home Best Actress at the Culver City International Film Festival, and Merlin Froyd won Supporting Actor at New York Film Awards. The film can be seen on Amazon + iTunes. He has published numerous screenplays, and is currently working on a television miniseries and continuing directing short films and features.

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Director Statement

Self-care is always shown as being "comfortable" in most films. But the reality is that everybody knows it's the furthest thing from comfortable. If anything, it's one of the most un-comfortable and difficult things to do in life. Especially when your emotional limits are being tested, in the most extreme ways imaginable. I wrote this script during a period of grieving a friend's tragic loss, and wanted to express some of those ideas about the importance of self-care - but in the form of a psychological horror movie, set in one room. I also wanted to explore what the meaning of therapy really was, through the mind of this young woman, literally and emotionally. What lengths do you have to go to in order to accept yourself, and how do you know when do draw boundaries?