Directed by: Usher Morgan
Written by: Usher Morgan
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Agoraphobia is a fear of feeling pain, stressful situations, and anxiety. The root of the disorder can come from past physical abuse or an experienced trauma. Jamie( Katie Vincent )(Prego, Windblown) has no doubt experienced at least one of these symptoms. It probably doesn't help much that she lives in an apartment building in New York City. I Love New York! However, I've never had to live there, and the fast pace hustle and bustle of that town could easily cause fear of a panic attack or worse. Jamie shuts off the world like most of us do by wearing headphones and listening to things on her phone. She also likes to lie down on the floor, which makes her feel like she is drowning in a bath of milk - while wearing some heavy-duty goth makeup as well.
Leaving her apartment is no easy task, but she does manage to get to her therapist Dr. David Ackerman (Sebastian Arce)(House of Cards). He assures her that there is nothing physically wrong with her - it's all in her mind. I just read that some of the things you should never say to Agoraphobes are "get over it" or "toughen up." Perhaps suggesting to get a dog so you are forced to go outside is not the best advice either, especially for the poor dog. But there he/she is, a cute little small dog with long ears. Cute as a button. Full disclosure - I don't know my dog breeds very well. Soon we find her on the phone with 911 or the police. Her dog is gone! She says the dog got out when a delivery person came to the door or something. One thing that I don't get here - is that she lives in an apartment building on some floor that she has to take an elevator to. Did the dog press the elevator button to get out of the building? Hmmm...
On her next visit to her therapist, an unexpected advance sends her into a panic. Once back at home, she finds a pamphlet with her face on it. Missing! Ooooh! Major twist or a hallucination? One of her rooms is plastered with Missing posters, but they are all of her dog. Not much I can tell you past this point without spoiling it all. Technically this is a totally professional-looking little film. Usher Morgan is a wonderful director. Editing is perfect to create just the right amount of suspense needed. The music also works perfectly, and yes, the acting is fantastic! It's too bad that it's such a short film, but it carries a huge punch to it. Great work. I give this film four stars.