About UNSTUCK: an OCD kids movie
Kids, teens and adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) are trapped in a vicious cycle of worries, intrusive thoughts and rituals. While loved ones are desperate to help them, defeating OCD takes time and specialized therapy. To uncover what OCD is, and what it isn’t, filmmakers Kelly Anderson and Chris Baier focus on an unlikely group of experts: kids!
UNSTUCK is an award-winning short film that explains OCD through the eyes of young people. It avoids sensationalizing compulsions and obsessions, and instead reveals the complexity of a disorder that affects the brain and behavior. As the group of resilient kids and teens roadmap their process of recovery, the film will inspire you to believe it is possible to fight your worst fears and defeat OCD.
About the filmmakers
Kelly and Chris met at a support group for Parents of Children with OCD in Brooklyn, NY. As parents of kids and teens with OCD, they've experienced the devastating impact this psychiatric disability has on kids and families. They understand how alone a child feels when he or she doesn’t know anyone with OCD. And they've witnessed the positive effects of having kids and teens with OCD talk with each other. They created UNSTUCK as a way to give back to those who helped their children over the years.
Chris is an award-winning Writer, Filmmaker and Creative Director. His ad campaigns have been honored at Cannes Lions and the One Show. He has featured in Adweek, Communication Arts and the One Show. Chris has used his affiliation with UNSTUCK to further advocate for those with OCD all over the world. He is OCD Ambassador for the IOCDF.
Kelly is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer and director. Her film include My Brooklyn (PBS World channel), Every Mother’s Son (PBS broadcast on POV, Tribeca Film Festival – Audience Award), and Out at Work (Sundance Film Festival, HBO).
She is Chair, Dept. of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College, NYC
Eric is a NY-based cinematographer. His work includes broadcast television (MTV, Nickelodeon, Arte France), documentary and independent festival circuits (HBO NY and LA Latino, Nashville, Orlando) and numerous online publications. He is a founding member of the Meerkat Media Collective.
Behind the scenes production photos
Chris, Kelly and Eric discuss the edit
Filming Ariel's ERP homework
Jake draws the clocks that bothered him.
Sarah made this to remind herself of her success.
Setting up for an interview
Vanessa and Charlotte look over footage with Eric and their parents.
Getting the sound just right.
Jake and Tatum pose that the 2017 OCD Conference
Filming on location in Florida
Eric filming Sharif in New Jersey.
Kelly, Eric and Holden review his interview in South America
Vanessa draws a worry.
Mixing final sound with JD at Color New York
Vanessa cuddles with her cat Rumplestiltskin
Sibling interview with Charlotte
Holden and Tatum share a laugh during their interview.
Film Advisory Board
Dr. Ariz Rojas
Director of Behavioral Therapies, Department of Psychiatry Icahn School of Medicine,
Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Eric Storch
Professor and McIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair,
Baylor College of Medicine
Founder, Project UROK
Education and Training Manager
International OCD Foundation
Thank you to the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation for all the help and support. Thank you to our fiscal sponsor, Women Make Movies.