Writer director Lynn Shelton received an Official Selection at this year's Sundance for her indie, "Touchy Feely." The film is about Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), a massage therapist who becomes phobic about touching skin—which is rather awkward considering her profession. What's really going on for her emotionally is a kind of OCD panic attack around fear of commitment after her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy) asks her to take the next step in their relationship and move in together.
During this time Abby’s brother Paul (Josh Pais), a wound-too-tight dentist with an empty waiting room, suddenly is in great demand. The irony is that the previously happy and stable Abby cannot touch her clients, while Paul now has the magic touch.
Ellen Page is great as always, playing Paul's emotionally crippled and codependent daughter, Jenny. The award-winning and versatile Allison Janney plays Bronwyn, the healer who loosens Paul up. DeWitt’s real-life hubby Ron Livingston plays the character named Adrian. Newcomer Tomo Nakayama of the indie rock band Grand Hallway, has a small yet memorable part as Jenny's friend.
Examiner Dorri Olds sat down with Lynn Shelton and Josh Pais at Manhattan's Magnolia Pictures office for an interview. Check out this list (click on photo above) and see what these stars had to say.
"Touchy Feely" is available On Demand and on iTunes and opens in select theaters in New York City this Friday, September 6, 2013. Rated R. 90 minutes.