A Conversation with “Hypochondriac” director Addison Heimann and actor Zach Villa. [SXSW Film Festival]

EoM contributor Lindsey Dunn speaks with Addison Heimann and Zach Villa, the director/writer and star of Hypochondriac.

Heimann speaks frankly about the events in his life that inspired the movie and why he decided to detour from comedy for his directorial debut. Villa shares how playing Will demanded more from him than previous horror roles and how he handled such a challenging role. They both get into the nitty gritty of what that mysterious creature in a wolf costume is all about and the hardest scene to film.

If you prefer an audio edition, you can listen to this interview here:

Official Synopsis:

Will, a young Hispanic gay potter, is one gregarious guy. His boss is terrible, but he’s got a great boyfriend and a great job. Unfortunately, behind that veneer is a dark past of violence and mental illness that he is desperate to keep hidden. When his bipolar mother comes out of the woodwork after ten years of silence, he begins exhibiting unexplainable symptoms. After an injury at work, he starts losing functioning of his arms, and something sinister lurks in the corner of his vision: a silent and ominous man in a wolf costume. Will spirals into an obsession, determined to solve this mystery of his own. What is going on with his arms? Can he trust his boyfriend? Is he becoming his mother?

World premiere during SXSW 2022.

Screening during the 2022 SXSW Film Festival.

SXSW Screening Information:

* Monday March 14th at 9:30p CT @ Alamo Lamar, Alamo Lamar 3

* Tuesday March 15th at 9:00a CT (Online Only)

* Tuesday March 15th at 3:15p CT @ Alamo Lamar D

* Thursday March 17th at 9:45p CT @ Alamo Lamar D

For more information, head to the official SXSW webpage.

SXSW 2022


Lindsey Dunn is the founder of 1 Of My Stories and is a member of the NCFCA. As an ALA-accredited librarian and lover of film, she’s convinced that finding the right story at the right time can change hearts and lives. 



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