Existential Therapy - by Chris Dietrich

Shy and awkward John is preparing for a first date with his secret crush, Sheila.

Existential Therapy

A short film by Chris Dietrich


"Shy and awkward John is preparing for a first date with his secret crush, Sheila. Determined to make a good impression, John is thwarted by an unexpected rival—his alter ego 'Other John.' Taking its cue from Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, this quirky dramedy is about finding—and taming—your inner voice." - Ojai Film Festival 2021, California.


Official Selection at Cannes, Short Film Corner 2021, France

Honorable Mention at Absurd Film Festival 2021, Italy

Official Selection at Ojai Film Festival 2021, California

Official Selection at London Lift-Off Film Festival 2021, England

Online Selection at Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival 2022, Germany

Directed by Chris Dietrich

Produced by Ronny Kurland

Written by Chris Dietrich & Malibu Taetz

Edited by Skylar Gruys

Music by Jaylin Wylie & Chris Dietrich


Eric Vincent as John & Other John

Olivia Ducayen as Sheila & Other Sheila

Ty DeLisle as John & Other John (photo double)


Director of Photography - Steve Nguyen & Ben Swan

Camera Operator - Ben Swan

1st Assistant Camera - Ethan Stoppi

2nd Assistant Camera - Shane Martin

DIT - Nathan Young Gaffer - Marc O'Reilly

Key Grip - Tristin Greyeyes

Grip - Erich Roester-Yue

Camera Production Assistant - Nathan Weiers

1st Assistant Director - Ronny Kurland

Location Manager - Noah Christensen

Story Editor/Script Supervisor - Skylar Gruys

2nd Assistant Director - Jessica Briggs

Production Designer - William Wu

Art Director - Chris Dietrich

Assistant Art Directors - Trevor Jones & Emma Kilham

Set Decorators - Jefferson Lu, Arseny Savchuk, Tim Whang

Sound Mixer - Dylan Monteith

Boom Operators - Mike Andrews, Michael Marr, Rio Miller

Casting Assistants - Shafee Azi, Noah Christensen

Makeup Artist - Crystal Macdonald

Driver/Crafty - Noah Christensen Swamper - Shane Martin

Production Assistant - Josh Messmer & Erich Roesler-Yue

Extras: Tristin Greyeyes, Jefferson Lu, Marc O'Reilly, Nathan Young, David Bolen, Shea Wilson, Arseny Savchuk, Nathan Weiers Waiter - Trevor Jones

Behind the Scenes Photographers - Mayumi Caunter & Rio Miller

Credit Animator - William Wu Sound Designer - Mike Andrews

Colorist - Ben Swan

Visual Effects Artists - Roozbeh Edjbari & Ethan Stoppi Foley 

Artists - Mike Andrews, Doryan Heijnen, Matt Purkiss, Ethan Stoppi, Rio Miller

On-set Supervisor - Mark Lawrence

Faculty Mentor - Dwayne Beaver

Special thanks to De Dutch Pannekoek House, Capilano University, City of North Vancouver, and District of North Vancouver.

Made through the Motion Picture Arts, Bachelor's Degree Program at Capilano University in North Vancouver, BC, Canada.