When a visit to a psychic takes an unexpected turn, Benji is forced into difficult decisions about her life and future. Directed by and starring Dana Sorman, “Psychic,” is a probing personal drama (not without moments of biting comedy) about career and family hangups. An aspiring actress and stand-up comedian, currently working as a receptionist, Benji is broke, and deep in debt. Battling her demons is always on the table — her stand-up act devolves into confronting an ex from stage; she inquires to a work friend, “does anything we do matter?”And so Benji decides to see a psychic, and as the session evolves into past traumas, the question becomes how far she’s willing to go to move on. Sorman plays Benji with bluntness and vulnerability, and Sadieh Rifai, as the psychic, commands every frame she’s in. It's an inquiry into self, full of feisty wit and unsparing characterizations, rounded out by a striking visual landscape splattered in neon.
Written and directed by Dana Sorman. Starring Dana Sorman, Sadieh Rifai, Leah Caplan, and Michael Canavan. D.P. Chris Westlund. Produced by Katie White and Lije Sarki. Production Designer: Caity Birmingham. Editor: Amanda Griffin. Executive Producer: Ian Keiser.