Another two brand-new films for you in this week’s NSI Online Short Film Festival.
In Therapy, directed by Lisa Newell and written by Meeshelle Neal, a disparaged Theresa enters into a new kind of intensive therapy. Left alone in a room with a seemingly perfect version of herself she realizes this form of therapy isn’t conventional; it’s kill or be killed and she must discover her inner strength before this personified hatred wins and all is lost forever.
It’s a pretty intense short film and not for the faint of heart.
Meeshelle and Lisa say, “People have often asked me where I found my inspiration for writing Therapy and my response is that I was haunted by the story, enduring restless sleep for two weeks until finally I sat down and it wrote itself.
After we completed filming this piece I felt like a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. It was an extremely powerful and humbling experience to not only write the story but be in it as well. Playing Theresa/Theresa2 was difficult in ways I had never imagined. I was pushed to places I normally run away from/keep hidden but all throughout the process Lisa was there for me.’
In the hilarious OK TV, directed by Chris Deacon, a city councillor proposes a ‘friendlier’ stop sign. Michael McMurtry plays all the characters.
Chris says, “OK TV was conceived as a showcase for Michael McMurtry and several of the characters he’s created over the years.
In an impressive display of chameleon-like gymnastics, Michael underwent six full hair, makeup and costume changes throughout the day; unabashedly stripping down behind trees, parked cars and in university corridors while we raced from location to location. Next time we’ll budget for an A.D.!”