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Balancing OCD and a Date in ‘1, 2, 3 You Please’

Balancing OCD and a Date in '1, 2, 3 You Please'

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1, 2, 3 You Please

Logline: “1, 2, 3 You Please” is a short film about a young woman, Jesse, struggling to maintain her daily life while navigating her severe OCD.

Elevator Pitch: 
“1, 2, 3 You Please” is a short film about a young woman, Jesse, struggling to maintain her daily life while navigating severe OCD. The number three is her safety count, embedded in all aspects of her life. One morning at her daily coffee shop, a young man catches her counting to three under her breath. She flees the cafe, but he runs after her with her coffee in hand. Jesse fights to hide her greatest fears of being exposed and rejected. The film focuses on the internal life of Jesse, her struggle to find self-acceptance with all of her ticks.

Production Team:
Producers – Lizzie Shapiro, Taylor Shung
Director – Joshua Close
Cinematographer – Minka Farthing-Kohl 
Jesse – Alex McKenna

About the Film:
I was what I would call moderate to severe OCD in my teens, and the number 3 was my safety count. I would quietly and shamefully count it out in my head as I turned door knobs, walked, ran, ate and so on.

It was about creating the illusion of control so that I could feel safe within my world. It wasn’t until a friend caught me counting under my breath that I shared the truth and began to feel less shame. It was through this that I believe sparked the change in the story I told myself about myself.

Current Status: We are fundraising and in pre-production. Our shoot is planned for end of January/early February.

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