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.

Writer/Director

Annika Hylmö

Executive Producer

Tom Rickman

(in Memoriam)

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.

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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

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 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

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Sandi McCree - Mrs. ELLIOTT

DR. PENELOPE

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

 

He will be captured by Jason Grasl, who is a Native actor and writer, known for The Seminarian (2010) and Demeter: Surrender (2007).

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.

She will be captured by Carrie Madsen, who is an actress and writer, known for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (2016), Ask J (2015) and Good Girls Revolt (2015).

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.

 

Julia will be brought to life by Katie Koster who was born as Katharine Koster. She is an actress and director, known for Class Dismissed (2015) and Congratulations Mr. Gonzalez! (2010).

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.

 

She is played by Jacqui Lynn Phung, an actress and producer, known for Happy Birthday, Claire (2016) and The Worst Year of My Life (2015).

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. 

Producers

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

Moni Wood...co-producer

Film Editing by 

Luke Guidici

Lea Vrabelova

Casting By 

Selina Ringel

Art Direction by 

Janelle Chivonne Tucker

Costume Design by 

Haley Silver

Makeup Department 

Karol Young Moses...makeup artist

Alexandra Romanenko...assistant makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Liza Standish...first assistant director

Art Department 

Rachel Ace...assistant art director

Louis Chen...props

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

Sound Department 

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

Kevan O'Brien...DIT

Justin R. Schultz...first assistant camera

Pea Woodruff...second assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Lauren Kendall Veronick...assistant costume designer

Editorial Department 

Lily Henry...colorist

Kerry Michelle O'Brien...Post-production Supervisor

Music Department 

Alan Derian...music

Script and Continuity Department 

Kathryn Inda...script supervisor

Liza Standish...script supervisor