"A dark concept brought to life in a short film through magical visuals," ~ Nick Wangersky, Hollywood North Magazine
MENTAL tells the story of Alicia, who sees reality through a dreamlike lens of externalized psychotic episodes. Caught in a loop of depression and anxiety she uses prescription drugs to numb herself. Unable to discern what is real and what is imaginary, she finally gives into her inner voice’s advice and embraces her biggest fear. Sometimes the only way out is through.
“It’s a pretty intense short film and not for the faint of heart,” - NSI
All the film's interiors were shot at Beatty Street Studios in Vancouver, after the filmmakers lost their original location just two weeks before filming.
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6723160/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_1
M&J write full-time on their own projects, and have shadowed showrunner Simon Barry (CONTINUUM, VAN HELSING) in the writing room as well as on set. They are also mentored by Gillian Horvath (BEAUTY & THE BEAST, PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD) and have been hired to write features, shorts, and treatments. They have a TV series, HEARTMATTER, in development with Liz Levine at Random Bench Productions.
M&J consult with various writers, run Creative Services for Jeb Beach & Associates, and have had an active blog since 2016: http://www.jaxandmeesh.com
About Jax Smith
Jax Smith is half of Vancouver writing duo, M&J.
She is the creator of the TV series, DEFECT.
In 2016, Jax directed two short films, MENTAL (*BravoFACT recipient) and THE STAKEOUT (Official Selection of Whistler Film Festival 2017 & nominated for ‘Best Female Directed Short’). Previously she directed projects for First Star, World Wildlife Fund and The Projecting Change Film Festival. Her work has been showcased on CBS, The Knowledge Network, Urban Rush and featured in The Vancouver Sun and The Province.
About Meeshelle Neal
Meeshelle Neal is half of the writing duo, M&J.
She is the creator the genre sci-fi TV series, CONTROLLED MINDS.
Leo nominated, Meeshelle has enjoyed being a highly proactive member of the Vancouver Film and TV Community.
She wrote, produced, and starred in MENTAL (*BravoFACT recipient) as well as the award-winning, internationally recognized, short-film THERAPY. Therapy tackled mental health so well that it is now being taught in a curriculum in France and took home the 'Audience Choice Award' at the Festival Regards sur le Cinéma du Monde.
Directed by: Jax Smith
Executive Produced by: Liz Levine & Jax Smith
Produced by: Victoria Angell & Meeshelle Neal
Story by: Meeshelle Neal
Written by: Meeshelle Neal and Jax Smith