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Accidents & Emergencies

Director: Mischa Jakupcak

United States, United Kingdom, 2023, 3 min

Shooting Format:Still

Festival Year:2024

Category:Documentary Short

Crew:Writer: Mischa Jakupcak. Producer: Mischa Jakupcak.


After witnessing a fatal car accident in 2004, Mischa Jakupcak experienced an acute psychotic episode. She was admitted to the Mermaid Ward, a psychiatric hospital in London. She discovered and reframed her world anew through photos she took with disposable cameras which she smuggled into and out of the psych ward. This two minute short tells her story of trauma and healing through the creation of art.

About the director

MISCHA JAKUPCAK is a writer, director and producer. She champions original and authentic stories in film, television, and virtual reality. Born and raised in Missoula, she holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Philosophy and an MA in Filmmaking from the London Film School. She produced East of the Mountains, The Off Hours and Potato Dreams of America and wrote and directed the short films The Hero Pose, Kill Cash Cow Kill, Eating Ugly Children and Slow Moving Houses. Passionate about writing and directing, Mischa has worked on over thirty feature films, nine VR pieces as well as actively engaging communities to encourage creative activism through the arts and technology. Her work has screened at Sundance, SXSW, the Cartoon Network/Adult Swim, TIFF, TIFF kids, Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville, SIFF, and AFI.

Filmmaker's note

Accidents + Emergencies tells the personal story of a fatal accident I witnessed twenty years ago while attending film school in London. It is part of a larger project, a feature hybrid documentary titled The Mermaid Ward, which I am currently filming.

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