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Synopsis: EVAN, a military veteran, meets with a therapist to undergo psychedelic therapy. During the session, Evan experiences an intense wartime flashback that unsettles him. The therapist attempts to get Evan to talk about it, but he’s reluctant and storms off.

The therapist later arrives at her home and unbeknownst to her, has been followed by Evan. He pulls out a gun and accuses the therapist of secretly investigating him for something he did back in the war. The therapist denies this and explains to Evan he’s having a paranoid episode caused by the psychedelic treatment. Evan’s flashbacks intensify, pulling him closer to the traumatic event he’s been unwilling to face until the moment reaches full catharsis and Evan is reborn.

Language

English

Run Time

8 minutes

Starring

Allen C. Gardner (Evan)
Annie Monroe (Therapist)
Gabe Arredondo (Carl)

Directed by

cheston kwan

Produced by

Gabe Arredondo

Edited by

Dusten Zimmerman

Composer

Duncan Blickenstaff

Cinematographer

Matthew Hoodhood

Director's Statement

This story is inspired by the renewed investigation of the use of psychedelic substances for the treatment of PTSD in the US military. It’s also inspired by my own experience using psychedelics as a therapeutic tool.

Director's Bio

Director, writer, Cheston Kwan, born in Los Angeles, began his career in advertising as an art director. Unable to afford film school, he learned how to direct by watching YouTube videos and asking commercial directors questions on-set.

Country of Origin

United States

Production Year

2020

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