Based on the novel of the same title by Evan Roskos, the dramatic comedy follows the challenging, wild and humorous life of sixteen-year-old James Whitman as we see him struggle to overcome anxiety and depression while seeking advice from Dr. Bird, an imaginary pigeon therapist. The film shines a much-needed light on mental illness, which many people are facing in today’s world – especially teenagers.
The film’s director Yaniv Raz said, “I wanted to make a film which both contained and addressed the issue of mental health disorders, so that an audience could see through that lens, but was not explicitly the subject of the story.” Composer and singer Moby graciously allowed producers the use of his music to help tell the hero’s story, as he himself has a shared awareness with anxiety. Executive produced by Ketchup Entertainment and produced by Kreate Films.
SYNOPSIS: Sixteen-year-old James Whitman played by Lucas Jade Zumann (20th Century Women, Anne With An ‘E’), struggles to overcome anxiety and depression by seeking advice from Dr. Bird voiced by Tom Wilkinson (The Grand Budapest Hotel). In his magical realism inspired world, James goes on a whimsical, but emotionally charged search to solve the mystery of the disappearance of his sister, after an altercation with their parents depicted by Lisa Edelstein (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce, The Kominsky Method), and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, Star Trek: Discovery). While James (Zumann) struggles to connect with his parents, he deals with the intense social anxiety of high school life while navigating first love with Sophie, portrayed by Taylor Russell (Lost in Space, Waves) – a precocious girl from school who has her own agenda and a boyfriend Martin that hasn’t quite learned to let go of her, brought to life by Chase Stokes (Outer Banks).
Our two lovestruck teens set out on a quest to find Jorie, finding themselves in what appears to be a cult of sorts, led by David Arquette (Scream series) as Xavier, and into the underbelly of NYC nightlife that makes James question every relationship in his life.
I celebrate myself and sing myself, and what I assume you shall assume, For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.