HOW A MOVIE IS BECOMING A MOVEMENT TO NORMALIZE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT ANXIETY
Changing the world often requires changing the minds of people. One of the most effective ways to change people's minds — by increasing awareness, by stimulating empathy — is storytelling, particularly visual storytelling.
Angst is a 56 min documentary created to open up the conversation about mental health.
We believe in the transformative power of film when watched together in a community instead of alone in front of a small screen. By experiencing the stories of others, we gain greater context for their actions, we become more sensitive to social cues, we learn compassion, and – very often – we begin to feel less alone.
These impacts are particularly relevant to young viewers. For many preteens and teens, film can spark conversations that lead to school programs or clubs that address tough issues—such as racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, and depression—that might otherwise be too difficult or uncomfortable to talk about.
WHO BENEFITS AND HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
We work with middle school through college-aged students, as well as the parents, guardians, coaches, and teachers who care about them. Our films generally screen all week and typically reach 250 to over 2,000 people per school.
"Angst captures what so many people are suffering in these complicated days: the bullying, perfectionism, panic, obsession, and too often, hopelessness. Angst is cathartic and ends with notes of hope. Every school needs to experience this program. It's that important."
Dr. John Duffy, Clinical psychologist, best-selling author of "The Available Parent", parenting and relationship media expert
 Audience participants surveyed after screening 'Angst'.
 Child Mind Institute, 2017 Children's Mental Health Report
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A vitally important topic for our young people to understand - they need to know that asking for help shows STRENGTH not weakness.
Because Angst is an important, thought-provoking film that should be seen by everybody!
A very important topic that needs attention now.
I am personally aware of how anxiety disorders are misunderstood and have hope this effort will help change this.
I love this project.