Georgia Filmmaker Releases Mental Health Short | Georgia News

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By WAYNE FORD, Athens Banner-Herald

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Pamela Perrine has been making short films since moving to Watkinsville about six years ago, and now her latest effort is available for public viewing on YouTube.

“The Journeyman”, which Perrine directed and wrote, has already screened at four film festivals.

One of the reasons she wants the short to be available now is because May is National Mental Health Awareness Month.

The film “deals with childhood trauma and not being believed, which is one of the mental health issues – how patients are not believed and how they are misdiagnosed,” he said. she stated.

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“The Journeyman” stars Jay Mohr, who has been an actor since 1992 and has had roles in films such as “Jerry Maguire” and the TV series “The Cleaning Lady.”

“I knew Jay Mohr and wanted to use his amazing acting skills,” Perrine said.

The 11.5-minute film was reviewed in Indie Shorts Magazine:

“Pamela Perrine’s The Journeyman is a multi-layered social drama that advances discussions of mental health, societal rehabilitation and childhood trauma in a tight, dual narrative. But, if you thought the film could be compartmentalized into one of many stories dealing with mental health, you couldn’t be more wrong. At its heart, The Journeyman is about love, compassion, and perhaps even a silent message to all whose voices are never heard,” the reviewer said.

“All my films generally deal with moral dilemmas and family dramas. I brought mental health into this one because I feel like it’s important — because it’s so overlooked,” Perrine said.

The film premiered in Hollywood at the Chinese Film Festival, then was accepted at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, the Vail Film Festival in Colorado, and the Portland Film Festival, the latter of which screens films from around the world.

Also available on YouTube is a short film Perrine shot in Watkinsville in 2018 titled “Angels in Rocket Field.” Many scenes were filmed on Rocket Field downtown.

Perrine, a native of the Macon area, began an acting career in 1991 and lived in California and New York before moving to Watkinsville. She plans to make a feature film.

Another short film she directed and acted in was released in 2020.

“Lunchtime with the President,” she said, is her favorite short. It was accepted into an Oscar-qualifying film festival and was well received.

“It’s really powerful,” she said.

“Ultimately, it alludes to Abraham Zapruder, who filmed the JFK assassination,” the director said.

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