Angst Film ScreeningA film about teen anxiety
Sunday, September 8, 2019, 6:00 pm
(Free childcare is available for under 10 years old. Please indicate how many for childcare on your ticket reservation.)

Woodland Baptist Church will hold a screening of the Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety and engage with a panel to help teens face anxiety.

This documentary explores anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it and features world champion swimmer Michael Phelps.

For students ages 10 and up. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. Angst is especially great for middle school, high school, and college-age students and their parents.

Free tickets are now available, and space is limited! The screening will be held at Woodland Baptist Church on Sunday, September 8, at 6:00 pm. Click here to reserve tickets.

What is Angst about?

Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety” is sparking a global conversation about anxiety.  On Sunday, September 8, Woodland Baptist Church will hold a special screening of the documentary to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders, and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope. The film also includes a special interview with Michael Phelps, a mental health advocate and one of the greatest athletes of all-time. In addition, the documentary provides discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, along with the help, resources, and tools available to address the condition.

Part of the beauty of this film is the openness of the children and young adults featured; for some of them, the “Angst” project marks the first time they are publicly sharing their experiences with anxiety. Our hope is that their candidness and bravery will inspire our community to do the same.

While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”

“Everybody needs to know that anxiety disorders are real, common and treatable instead of viewing them as a personal choice or something to be ashamed of,” said Dr. Jerry Bubrick, Senior Director of Anxiety Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute. “Getting help early is crucial in giving people the tools they need to feel better. We just need to start the conversation.”

“We felt it was important to make a movie that could raise awareness to open up the conversation and provide hope,” said Andreen, IndieFlix CEO and “Angst” Producer. “So many people struggle with anxiety and have trouble talking about it. We want to change that.”

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety – from the producers to the interviewees.

“The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me,” said Michael Phelps. “Many people don’t understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of ‘Angst’ to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help.”

What People Are Saying

"I never knew that what I was experiencing was severe anxiety I'm so grateful to know that there is treatment."

18 year old college student – Seattle, WA

"Scilla, I want to thank you for making Angst. This movie was shown at my daughter's school last week, and has been life altering. She has struggled with so many of the symptoms described in the movie, and until seeing the movie she didn't know what it was. I am a fairly well educated parent who is very close with my daughter, and I just couldn't put my finger on it either...until she saw your movie. It was like having blinders removed from our eyes- it was so obvious, and yet neither of us could pin it down. Now we know, and we can get her help, and start the healing and learning process. THANK YOU- this movie is so important. Keep up the important work."

A Mom on Facebook

"Angst is a touching and honest look at how anxiety impacts teens and their families. The message of the film, spoken loudly and clearly by teens, parents, and experts, normalizes the struggle and offers hope with its focus on the value of connection, openness, and family support. Why is anxiety the most common of mental health issues among our youth? This film asks us to look directly at our stress-filled culture and what must do to better support our young people."

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

"Attending the Angst screening was a revelation. To see how many parents from our community attended this event demonstrates that anxiety is a condition affecting so many of our kids, and it’s so important for parents and our schools to understand what's going on so they can help these vulnerable young people. Giving parents and children the skills to recognize and manage anxiety can be transformative."

Audience Participant at Yeshivat Noam Screening in New Jersey

"The conversation surrounding mental health really hits home for me. Many people don't understand how debilitating mental illness truly can be, and even more than that, how common it is, yet people are afraid to have the serious discussions about it. I welcomed the opportunity to be a part of Angst to further the dialogue around mental health and to help people understand the impact anxiety has on our mental state and encourage people, especially kids, to ask for help."

Michael Phelps

"Just watched the Angst Film and I am compelled to tell you that it is excellent on so many different levels! The bravery of the subjects in it moved me to tears. And . . . of course, I am reminded of my son, Nuçi. Every human being should see it."

Linda Phillips