Who Am I ?

Who Am I, is a short musical film about when hip hop and mental health meet. Gold and Platinum certified, Grammy-nominated (for his hit song "Freek-A-Leek") rap artist, Petey Pablo, attends his first therapy session. Follow Petey as he steps into vulnerability, confronts his past, and begins his process of healing as he normalizes therapy and seeking mental help.

  • Christine Lakin
    Step By Step, Family Guy, The Goldbergs, Schooled
  • Alex Ellis
    Chance of Showers, Adulting, Commercial Mom
  • Alex Ellis
    Chance of Showers, Commercial Mom
  • Petey Pablo
    Key Cast
    Empire, Land of the Lost, Step Up, The Fog
  • Alex Ellis
    Key Cast
    "Dr. DJ"
    Hot In Cleveland, Man With A Plan, The Unicorn, Vampirina, Hollywood Darlings
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    Musical Comedy
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 17, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    30,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Christine Lakin

Atlanta native, Christine Lakin spent most of her formative years on a set, having been a professional actor and choreographer in over 200 episodes of television. In the three decades since, she has expanded her resume, transitioning her career titles to include director, writer and producer.

Christine had her Network directing debut on ABC’s “The Goldbergs” in the fall of 2018 and returned in Seasons 8, 9 and 10 as well as episodes of their spin-off show, “Schooled”. Additionally she has directed single camera comedy for AppleTV and "High School Musical, The Musical, The Series" for Disney+.

She recently served as Co-Executive Producer on the partially scripted comedy “Hollywood Darlings” for the Pop Network, (2 seasons). Before that, she sold her own digital short form show “Lovin’ Lakin” to Hulu, after winning best web series pilot at NYTVF, which she also wrote, starred and directed several episodes of.

She recently won the short musical category at Dances With Films for the short "Interracial Couple in a Cheerios Ad". She was given Honorable Mention at the 2017 LA Film awards for her work on the short Dancer By Trade. She has shot for Funny or Die, as well as the music video M-O-T-H-E-R for Jersey Boys star Joseph Leo Bwarie, whose song was featured in Garry Marshall’s Mother’s Day.

Christine is a nominated choreographer, having served as the resident choreographer for all 10 seasons of The Goldbergs as well as the first 2 seasons of Schooled. Additional choreography credits include Westworld (HBO), We Are Men (CBS), Liv and Maddie (Disney),True Blood (HBO), Breaking In (FOX), 90210 (FOX), Parental Guidance (Disney) andYou Again (Disney), among others.

Christine is the creator of the hit storytelling show, Worst Ever, which ran to sold-out crowds around Los Angeles and New York before being developed and sold as a series with Thank You Brain Productions. It is now a successful podcast found on Acast and iTunes. Additionally, she has sold scripted content to MTV, Hulu, and has developed with Whoopi, Inc., Campanario and Warner Horizon.

Lakin is represented by Haven Entertainment and Verve Talent.

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Director Statement

“Who Am I” is a short film that aims to demystify the practice of mental health. The stigma still remains that seeking therapy is a form of weakness or brokenness, when in reality it's the first place to start rebuilding, breaking through our narratives and becoming more aligned with who we truly are. Through the eyes of our main character, Petey, the skeptic in turmoil, we begin to watch him trust the process, open up and reflect on a past he hasn’t reconciled with ever before. The musical portion of this short is a metaphorical dive into the inner psyche of how our minds rewire trauma, thought, memory and experience. It's humorous, thought provoking and a love letter to anyone grappling with discomfort and leaning in.