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Touchy Feely

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TOUCHY FEELY is a closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), is a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy.) Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office. As Abby navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis, her formerly skeptical brother discovers a whole new side of himself. TOUCHY FEELY is about the experience of living in one’s own skin, both literally and figuratively. The film, written and directed by Shelton, and co-starring Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and newcomer Tomo Nakayama (of the indie rock band Grand Hallway), is filmed on location in Shelton’s hometown and urban muse of Seattle.


Directed by Lynn Shelton
Written by Lynn Shelton

Producer Steven Schardt

Executive Producers Nancy Black
Dashiell Gantner
Vallejo Gantner

Executive Producers Trey Beck
Dave Nakayama

Co-Producers Mel Eslyn
Lacey Leavitt

Director of Photography Benjamin Kasulke

Production Design by John Lavin

Costume Design by Carrie Stacey

Sound Design by Vinny Smith
Kelsey Wood

Original Score by Vinny Smith


Abby Rosemarie DeWitt
Massage Client #1 Amber Wolfe Wollam
Paul Josh Pais
Jenny Ellen Page
Jesse Scoot McNairy
Mrs. Elvsted Ethel R Deans
Susan Shannon Kipp
Bronwyn Allison Janney
Henry Tomo Nakayama
Massage Client #2 Khanh Doan
Mrs. Olsen Ruth McRee
Adrian Ron Livingston
Ellen Alycia Delmore


“A GREAT ENSEMBLE CAST. A gentle, generous new age charmer. Shelton is capable of crafting emotional moments that carry a startling amount of heft.” – Drew McWeeny, Hitfix

“A comedy-drama powered by a cast that radiates indomitable warmth.” – Tim Grierson, Screen

"An absorbing exploration of identity, family dynamics and the mysterious psychic push-and-pull balance of the universe. There is lots to admire and love." Rodrigo Perez, The Playlist on Indiewire

Date for DVD release subject to change.