DR. PENELOPE's Team
Writer/Director Annika Hylmö loves fantasy, spirituality and pragmatic reality. She has a background in film and entertainment that includes academic research, consulting, and extensive work at the American Film Institute's Conservatory. She tells stories about active, smart women and girls who challenge themselves to create their own futures.
Tom Rickman has not only been nominated for an Oscar as writer of the film COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER in 1981 but he has also been nominated for 2 Emmy's for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries for The Reagans (2004) & Truman(1996). In 2000 he also won the Humanitas Prize in the 90 minute category for Tuesdays With Morrie.
Our beloved Maestro passed away in September, 2018, but his imprint remains with us. Dr. Penelope still talks with him regularly.
Producers Therese Lentz & Minna Madzunkova
Therese Lentz has been writing, producing, and acting since she was a wee child. The backyard was always the perfect stage. Now the internet is. She enjoys magic shows, auditions, and of course, puppets. Her childhood dream was to be a movie star. Her adult life dream is to cruise the inside straight of Alaska. Her lifelong dream is, well, this. Please donate so all of our dreams of producing this film can come true. Go Kings!!
CINEMATOGRAPHER - Geoff Schaff completed has worked in documentary and narrative films, earning a total of 4 Emmys and 13 Emmy nominations. Among Schaaf's documentary credits was the early reality show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Schaaf's first Hollywood DP credit was the 1990 CHINA LAKE MURDERS, starring Tom Skerritt and Michael Parks. Schaaf served as Director of Photography on hundreds of hours of episodic series including Seaquest DSV, Fortune Hunter, Early Edition, SWAMP THING, Charmed, and others.
Minna Madzunkova is an analyst who is intrigued by the film industry, and by people who have an inner desire to express themselves through art. She is originally from Sweden, and I graduated from Stockholm University with a degree in statistics. Now, she resides in Los Angeles and runs a consulting firm, Forma Lenore.
DR. PENELOPE's Cast
Sandi McCree - Mrs. ELLIOTT
DR. PENELOPE—Julia’s opinionated feisty childhood puppet friend who insists on challenging Julia’s assumptions about the world.
Jason Grasl - THOMAS
THOMAS is a Native American delivery guy with a talent for writing graphic novels who brings Julia surprisingly profound messages through his stories
Carrie Madsen - LYNDA
LYNDA McLUHAN—Julia’s psychic mother encourages Julia to finish her dissertation in peace and quiet at her home after a conversation with Julia’s dead father.
Katie Koster - JULIA
Our story follows JULIA McLUHAN—a graduate student trying to finish her dissertation in psychology so that she can follow in the footsteps of her MD/Ph.D. father.
Jacqui Lynn Phung - SARAH
SARAH—perky and quirky, she is certain that her romance and family problems can only be solved with the help of Dr. Penelope’s advice.
MRS. ELLIOT—Lynda’s grounded African American client is convinced that psychics can communicate with the other world and refuses to let Julia believe otherwise.
Sandi McCree is known for her performance as Bobby Brown's mother in the New Edition Story and her edgy, street-tough performance as "Delonda Brice" on HBO's The Wire. Her TV credits also include The Closer Cold Case and Criminal Minds.
John Deswert...associate producer
Devyn Grassia...associate producer
Turid Halvorsen...associate producer
Courtney Heron...associate producer
Sydney K....supervising producer, production manager
Sarah Logan...associate producer
Bruce Nahin...business affairs/clearances
Film Editing by
Art Direction by
Costume Design by
Karol Young Moses...makeup artist
Alexandra Romanenko...assistant makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Liza Standish...first assistant director
Rachel Ace...assistant art director
Mia Xuan Gao...props
Helene Kastenbaum...Graphic Artist
Sherry Layne...puppet designer and builder
Jose Llanos...Production Design Assistant
Brandon Ruiter...graphic designer
Camille Schroeder...Art Department Assistant / assistant art director
David Stone...Graphic Artist
Vincent Deng...foley artist
Michael J. McDonald...supervising sound editor
David J. Newman...audio post administration
Ray Quintana...dialogue editor / foley editor / foley recordist
Casey Stikker...sound editor
Alejandro Villasenor...sound mixer
Robyn Whitney...audio post administration
Terah 'Bishop' Woodley II...re-recording mixer / sound designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Angeloni...best boy
Kimisha Renee Davis...gaffer / key grip
Doriane Ede...camera operator
Justin R. Schultz...first assistant camera
Pea Woodruff...second assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lauren Kendall Veronick...assistant costume designer
Kerry Michelle O'Brien...Post-production Supervisor
Script and Continuity Department
Kathryn Inda...script supervisor
Liza Standish...script supervisor