IN MIND (2021) 

What if mental illnesses were really psychic parasites?

 

The World

 

 

When exposed to trauma, the mind is susceptible to contamination no differently than an untreated cut. Without proper treatment, whether therapy or anti-septic, unwanted things will enter. Things unknown to science until recently. 

A now declassified research paper hypothesizes that each mental pathology is actually caused by the infection of a trans-dimensional parasite. A “mind melder” that provokes the symptoms classically diagnosed as a mental health problem.

 

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The Theme

Anorexia Nervosa

       

 

By putting a face (an ugly face) on mental illnesses, they become more real. Understanding the importance of treating them while unwrapping the taboo of their existence is crucial for a healthy society.

The Story

 

An epidemic of child deaths plague the small city of Sheerbrook. Police investigators are beginning to doubt a serial killer is on the loose, and rather believe something more sinister lurks in the night. Something unexplainable by traditional methods of investigation.

Sierra Hexton is elated when she finds out her hero, Maya Malison Ph.D, has been recruited by those same authorities to help on the case. As a precocious “paranormal psychologist”, she passes a very unconventional test, and becomes Dr. Malison’s assistant.

Together, with the help of a local policeman, they untangle clues and discover the common source of trauma that affected all the children who’ve perished…..and the thing that’s behind it all.

The Screenplay

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104 pages. Inspired by Stephen King, Darin Morgan (X-Files), and Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad). All rights reserved by Josh Havelka. 

The People

 

Josh Havelka – Creator 

 

A commercial producer by day and artistic craftsman by night (e.g. writing & scoring). My shorts films have been positively recognized everywhere from Shorts.tv; to the Leo Awards; to the Sapporo Int’l Shorts Festival, to my parents’ living room. 

London, 2019

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