Brooklyn Bridge

Talk Therapy

Talk Therapy is a half-hour episodic SVoD series I created and wrote.  Originally a short screenplay, the script has been expanded into a SVoD series.  As a NYC therapist for the past 27 years, my professional experiences provide the story and its characters with an authenticity that would not otherwise be possible. 
 
Jack is exceptional at helping his patients.  But now, he’s struggling with doing something entirely different: Living in the real world and facing his buried past.  Jack’s life is upended after his recently disabled father re-enters his life, resulting into Jack’s relapse into an old addiction to pain meds.  Jack’s relapse sets his life on a disastrous collision course, both with his patients and with his beautiful girlfriend, Gillian. 

 

The swirling stories in this series are filled with old, young, healthy, disabled, black, white, brown, Korean, Jewish, transgender, and straight characters, all of whom seek to heal themselves through the power of therapy and their faith in Jack.
 
This series honors the reality of a therapist’s life: That so much of our time is spent immersed in the lives of others, and with the time left over, we find ourselves barreling forward, semi-rudderless, unable to avoid making the same mistakes our patients make.
 
The pilot script is available upon request.
 
Talk Therapy has won multiple screenwriting awards, was invited into the NYC Fringe Festival as a full-length play, and has been selected into the advanced rounds of several major screenwriting contests.  

​Jack & Paul is a 14-minute short that serves as a proof of concept for the “Talk Therapy” series.

Talk Therapy Video Pitch

“Video Pitch” is a 4-minute video filmed as a part of our advanced round application to the Sundance Competition. The pitch was written by Jayce Bartok, directed by Jayce and Tiffany Bartok, filmed and edited by Andres Karu, sound by Rodrigo Lopresti, and makeup by Tiffany Bartok.  Jayce Bartok and Tom Moore star (in my acting debut).

Competitions & Festivals

  • CineStory’s Short Script Competition, Winner

  • WilliFEST's Outstanding Achievement in Short Screenwriting, Winner

  • NYC Fringe Festival Selection, Winner

  • Sundance/YouTube’s Episodic Story Lab, Advanced Round

  • Roadmap Writers/Route One Entertainment Contest, Finalist

  • Cinequest’s 30-minute Pilot Teleplay Competition, Finalist

  • New York Film and Television Festival, Finalist

  • Creative World Awards 30-minutes Pilot Competition, Semifinalist

  • PAGE Awards 30-minute Pilot Competition, Semifinalist