Writer/Director: Inon Shampanier
Writer: Natalie Shampanier
Starring: Peyton List, Lili Taylor, Max Casella, David Rasche, Stefania LaVie Owen, Jennifer Cody, Ian Nelson, Tom Papa
Synopsis: Dawn recently lost her husband and experiences growing anxiety as her daughter Melanie plans to move away for college. An altercation with a hostile new neighbor aggravates Dawn’s mental condition, and she begins to show signs of paranoid delusions. Determined to help her mom, Melanie attempts a series of interventions, but challenging Dawn’s reality of persecution threatens to destroy their loving relationship. Her mental illness spirals out of control — sabotaging Melanie’s academics, social life, and blossoming love life. Melanie is forced to make the toughest of choices as she struggles to support her mother on the path toward recovery and healing. A bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness.
PAPER SPIDERS hits theaters and VOD platforms on May 7th, which is Mother’s Day weekend and the start of Mental Health Awareness Month.