Synopsis: So OCD is a silent film that follows a 20-something with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder through a typical night out…well, typical for her. She is social and enjoys going out with her friends, but instead of being able to go home at the end of the night and go to bed, she has to spend hours finding resolution for all the triggers she encountered along the way – people touching her at the bar, sitting on restaurant benches, handing off her credit card, etc. Ashamed to share how difficult seemingly inconsequential activities end up being for her, she quietly handles them at home. Alone.
As a director, I am interested in capturing the emotional complexities people have within themselves and in relating to others. When I first met Jamie, the writer and creator of So OCD, she graciously trusted me with her most intimate realities.
Only a minority of us have directly experienced the grip of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, however its indicative of the deep-seated fears that all of us confront at some point. The routines that are vividly depicted in this portrayal take on a more universal and widely tangible context in a world where Covid-19 has dominated our lives. The all-encompassing pain of her compulsion is inescapable, unlike society searching for a vaccination. In a world where fear and uncertainty are commonplace emotions, I hope you will find this portrayal poignant and relatable as I did.
ason Avezzano is a writer and director known for his various short films, music videos, and web series, which explore emotions and human connection from an off-center and reflective point of view. He began his career as an AD on off-Broadway plays in New York City before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue directing as a career. He further developed his unique perspective and enhanced his ability to coach actors from his experience as assistant to Casting Director, Cara Rosenbaum at McCarthy/ Abellera and Kerrie Mailey at KM casting. In 2019, he directed his first feature, Love Dump, a Hallmark romantic comedy-spoof created by a pair of Second City Chicago comedians. His short,
Open, which examines queer relationships, sex, and monogamy premiered at the Beverly Hills Laemmle in 2019. His latest short, So OCD, follows a young woman’s struggles with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and has just entered the festival circuit. Jason recently finished writing an original spec which tells the story of a young boy falling in “friend love” and coming to terms with his homosexuality. His various works are featured on his website, jasonavezzano.com