Let’s Watch “Analysis Paralysis”

Have you ever overthought something to the point where you have talked yourself out of doing it? I sure have! It’s a thing. A real thing! See for yourself!

Analysis Paralysis tells the story of Tyler O’Conner (Jason T. Gaffney), a young gay author, who discovers that he suffers from an anxiety disorder commonly called “Analysis Paralysis” — an inability to take action without imagining the ways that each possible choice could go wrong. The problem is that, unchecked, the condition will lead Tyler into a state of complete inaction.

To confront the disorder, Tyler decides to fight through his anxiety and ask his cute neighbor, Shane (Kevin Held), out for coffee. Despite a flurry of imagined disasters, the date goes well, and Shane and Tyler ultimately become involved. Against all odds, the relationship moves forward, but not without every step of the way preceded by an avalanche of negative, albeit hilarious, fantasies. 

What makes this film special is the unusual way it tackles the issues of Mental Illness and breaking Hollywood stereotypes when it comes to LGBTQ representation on screen.

Most movies that deal with mental illness or depression show it in a very dramatic light. And while the issues are serious, the people suffering from them aren’t always walking around in a haze, and do know how to laugh. Jason T. Gaffney has been struggling with anxiety his whole life and decided to tackle extreme anxiety with a comedic slant, which is not often seen in tales of mental illness.

While the majority of LGBTQ films feature coming out stories or stories of struggle or stories that rely on the stereotypes of their sexuality, this movie doesn’t.                                            This is a romantic LGBTQ+  movie about two out gay men—played by out gay actors—who meet and fall in love, set in a world where their being gay doesn’t provide any of the conflict.

“As a filmmaker, my goal is to make movies set in the inclusive, welcoming, LGBTQ-friendly world where I grew up. My “coming out at age fifteen” story was basically my mom kissing me, and saying “I know. I love you. Where did you put your dirty socks, I’m doing a load of laundry…”.  And although there’s definitely still an important place in LGBTQ films for angsty coming-out dramas, I just don’t see my own reflection in those stories,” says Jason T. Gaffney.

As the driving force behind My Pet Hippo Productions, Jason and his husband Matt’s independent film company, the duo’s artistic direction is focused on one goal: to shine a different spotlight on the entertainment community as it pertains to LGBTQ individuals, but also on any culture in Hollywood who is marginalized, simply because of their race, sexuality, or gender. 

Breaking the mold, and playing it bold, they’re successfully planting the seeds to do just that with Analysis Paralysis, the romantic comedy, The Perfect Wedding, and the thriller, Russian Doll, both distributed by Wolfe Releasing.

Analysis Paralysis traveled the festival circuit successfully, snatching the ” Favorite Film ” Prize at Cinema Diverse, and went on to enjoy a brief theatrical run in Palm Springs.

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