OVERACHIEVERS WEB SERIES, 2019-2020
Who are Overachievers?
If you’ve ever met an “overachiever” (or you are one), then you know that overachievers share some common characteristics like high standards and strong work ethics. They also probably don’t self-identify as an overachiever; they’re too busy to tell you their story, and they may even be absolutely positive that no one else understands them. You may have watched (or made) some pretty comic over-achievement happen right under your nose.
Overachievers are fun and impressive, but they are often lonely and feel out of sync at times with themselves and others. While there are common characteristics that achievers share, there are also multiple varieties of overachievers. ‘Overachievers’ – the word itself, is not just hard to define but actually weaponized in minority communities where, as one participant pointed out, “You have to overachieve just to be allowed in the room.”
Which kind of overachiever are you? A Perfectionist? Or more of an Omnivore? Take our quiz to find out.
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Overachievers Web Series
An inventor, an activist, and a scholar walk into a room …
What would happen if you put a bunch of overachievers in a room together – leaders, inventors, visionaries, the people who get stuff done, across areas of expertise, generations, backgrounds, perspectives – and asked them how do they do that, why do they do that, and what made them that way?
Could you solve world peace? Could you extract the recipe for making everyone into an overachiever? If you also invite the people who love and live with these people, would you find out if overachieving is even a good thing? Could you find out what that word overachieving even means, why that word has so much baggage for marginalized people, and why Western culture equates the fundamental value of people with their amount of achievement?
Based on the stories and words of real ‘overachievers,’ Overachievers Web Series, produced by Wonderlust Productions, explores the complexity behind the compulsion to achieve excessively.
(and members of a community of Overachievers!)
Pete Marcy, the most diligent, patient, and talented cinematographer, editor, sound editor, and composer we could imagine.
Producers Bruce and Jean Johnson, Bill Bednarcyzk, and Mary Beidler Gearen.
Waite House, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Pillsbury United Communities, Willow Midwives, The Olk Family, Augsburg University, Professor Sarah Meyers and Professor Robert Cowgill, Paul Moehring, Anna Hickey, Eric “Pogi” Sumangil, Leif Wallin, Briana Patnode, Margaret Reid, and all of our Kickstarter contributors!
Based on the stories of Mary Anderson, Heather West, Amy Seham, Sarah Meister, Delta Giordano, Mimi Holmes, Laura Wiebers, Sarah Tan, Brad Kruse, Alan Abramson, Andy Kiorpes, Kevin Lindsey, Leah Cooper, Amy Hubbard, Jeannine Coulombe, Scott Gilbert, Wendy Morris, Michael Bischoff, Isaiah Bischoff, Sophia Breitag, Judith Ragir, Izzy Rousmaniere, Alan Berks, Corrie Zoll, Katherine Blauvelt, Dave Ellis, Theartrice “T” Williams, Delinda “Oogie” Pushetonequa, Gabriel Dominique and Esther Kassab.
CHERI Megan Kim Anderson
ANDY Andrew Cleveland
ALEX (CHERI and ANDY’s daughter) Hazel Reid
DR. JAMES Kevin Lindsey
BRENDA Lecia Grossman
RON Scott Gilbert
LUCY Beatrix Rhone
ELISE Bridgid Miller
SARA Kristen Husby
JEN Bethany Gladhill
CHLOE Delinda “Oogie” Pushetonequa
GREAT GRANDPA David O’Fallon
MARY Mary Olk
GRAD STUDENT 1 Laura Wiebers
GRAD STUDENT 2 Gabrielle Dominique
GRAD STUDENT 3 Alyssa Perau
DAVE Louis Porter II
ULYSSES Theartrice “T” Williams
CAMERA MAN Pete Marcy
DIRECTOR Wendy Morris
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER Mary Fong Hermes
MATT Adam Whisner
ERIC Ashok Bokde
KRIS Becky Dale
Sue Gerver (as Heather West)
Delinda “Oogie” Pushetonequa
Theartrice “T” Williams
Kim Greene (as Amy Hubbard)
Creative and Production
Leah Cooper, Co-Director and Co-Writer
Alan Berks, Co-Director and Co-Writer
Peter Marcy, Cinematographer, Editor, Sound Editor, and Composer
Designers and Crew
Kari Olk, Production Manager
Ariel Pinkerton, Alyssa Perau, and Brianna Patnode, Production Assistance