Presenting Problems is the first volume in a series of narrative-based shorts devoted to portraying, describing and thinking about psychological conflicts. These are some strange stories about strange characters in some strange situations, and although not explicitly about psychology, the films are all interested in how we come to know (and not know) something about ourselves and how our sense of self influences our choices in the world. Rather than examine a particular set of symptoms or an individual character, the films approach internal dynamics and psychological processes through following various characters (a safe, an eskimo, a grudge) as they go through the world. In this way, the movies are able to capture something of our internal workings — a train of thought, a deeply held conviction, an unconscious set of feelings— presenting a particular problem of “being in the world” — a problem that could be held by any of us at any time.
The films have been called science fiction without the science, thought-poems with plots, external fantasies about inner realities and “films that take us on wild journeys without anything of note happening.” They delight and provoke, appealing to all types of audiences, young and old, professionals, un-professionals and non-professionals alike. Without jargon or having to teach the audience a “lesson,” the films are all engendered by the hope that what is most needed today is not another theory (or worse, an illustration of a theory) but rather a means by which we might become more curious about ourselves and others. These films offer one path towards this, helping forge a new language for our ever-changing psychological, intellectual and emotional lives.