About the Film

Angst is a 60-minute documentary project that looks at anxiety, it’s causes, effects and what we can do about it. With a particular focus on people under the age of 21, “Angst” features interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety- and what they’ve learned about it. It also asks those charged with helping people manage their anxiety, and those who research its causes and sociological effects, about how best to deal with it when it rears its head.

Meet the Team

SCILLA ANDREENEXECUTIVE PRODUCER / PRODUCER
scilla@indieflix.com

Scilla Andreen (Pronounced Sheila) is the CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix and the founder of the IndieFlix Foundation. She is an Emmy nominated Costume Designer and award-winning Producer of such films as Outpatient, The Flats, Bit Players, The Empowerment Project and the recently released Screenagers, a documentary about how much screen time is healthy. She is a popular speaker at Sundance, Cannes, CES, SXSW, Women in Film, and other major industry events. Scilla believes film is the most powerful medium on the planet. Her mission is to use film to amplify conversations to become movements that can change the world for the better.

KARIN GORNICKEXECUTIVE PRODUCER / PRODUCER
karin@indieflixfoundation.org

Karin Gornick has over 20 years experience creating, funding and driving impactful television, multimedia and educational outreach projects for companies including CNN, The Travel Channel, and Common Sense Media. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner and NAB’s Service to Children’s Programming Award recipient. She most recently executive produced, Screenagers Growing Up In The Digital Age which is currently screening in schools and communities throughout the world.

MATT SKERRITTDIRECTOR / CO-PRODUCER
Matt, of Seattle-based Lenz | Skerritt Media, and formerly of LA based Soma Cinematics, is one of the top commercial filmmakers in the Pacific Northwest. Companies such as Universal/NBC, Sony, Capitol Records, Microsoft and Amazon have sought out Matt for his compelling, directorial vision to create story-driven videos “with an edge” for both traditional and alternative marketing campaigns. Matt has also produced & directed countless broadcast and retail documentary videos for the film and music industries. He’s had the privilege of telling the stories of some of the most influential artists of our time including: Madonna, Beyonce, Katy Perry, The Pretenders, Jerry Lee Lewis, Clapton, INXS, The Dixie Chicks, to name just a few.
STEPHANIE RIGGSDIRECTOR, ANGST VR EXPERIENCE “PANIC ATTACK”
Recognized by the BBC and Al Jazeera as a virtual reality pioneer, Stephanie has worked with Intel, Disney, HBO, Atlas Media, Netflix and Carmike Cinemas, just to name few. She was the first person invited to film a US President in 360 by President Obama in 2015. Stephanie is committed to increasing diversity and access to VR education and is a mentor for Facebook/Oculus “VR For Good”, co-founder of the AR/VR Academy NYC, and guest lecturer at Yale University.

Experts

JENNY HOWENARRATOR
A licensed therapist with degrees in Psychology and Child & Family Studies, Jenny has worked extensively with youth and adolescents in both the criminal justice and public school systems for 20 years.
DR. CORA BRUENER
Cora Collette Breuner, MD, MPH, is member of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Department at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She is a Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Professor of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Breuner earned her MD at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. She completed an internship and residency at the Naval Hospital in San Diego, and an Adolescent Medicine fellowship at the University of Washington. She received her Masters in Public Health at the University of Washington.
She is board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Her clinical interests include the treatment of eating disorders and obesity in the adolescent as well in sports and trauma related injuries in the child and adolescent. She is also interested in the management and treatment of adolescents with headaches, abdominal pain, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. She is particularly focused on the use of holistic, mindfulness and integrative approaches such as biofeedback, yoga, and massage in the management of these conditions. She is president of the Northwest Society of Adolescent Medicine and faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her research interests include the evaluation of yoga as an adjunctive intervention for eating disorders, biofeedback for chronic headache and the assessment of complementary medicine for diabetes. Her goal is to incorporate complementary, holistic and integrative medicine into the outpatient and inpatient arenas at Children’s. She is an active participant in the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the Committee for Adolescence and the PREP academic board review course for Adolescent Medicine.
DR. LAURA KASTNER
DR. LAURA KASTNER is a clinical psychologist and clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at University of Washington. Dr. Kastner is a nationally recognized author and speaker and has appeared on The Today Show, the McNeil/Lehrer news hour and many local TV news interviews. Dr. Kastner has been a keynote speaker in hundreds of settings including regional independent school conferences, hospital lecture series, child psychiatry conferences, public and private schools, business settings and teaching conferences. Although she speaks most frequently on the subject of parenting adolescents and children, she also lectures on the effects of affluence on child-rearing, launching teens to college, emotional intelligence and character education. Her books have been recommended by notable authors, including Drs. Brazelton, Dweck, Gottman, Linehan, and Siegel, and lauded for both their grounding in evidence based research and their effective solutions to typical challenges in child-rearing.
After receiving her Ph.D. at University of Virginia, Dr. Kastner joined the faculty at the University of Washington where she teaches in the departments of psychology, psychiatry and the school of medicine. Specializing in adolescent health, the topics of Dr. Kastner’s academic articles include adolescent sexuality, behavioral medicine, teen suicide, eating disorders and the teaching of interviewing skills in primary care. She has received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from Washington State Psychological Association and been named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors. She maintains a private practice in which she treats children, couples and families. She and her husband of thirty years have two grown children.
DR. MARTIN SELIGMANZellerbach Family Professor of Psychology
Director, Positive Psychology Center University of Pennsylvania USA

Dr. Seligman graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton in 1964 and received his Ph.D. in psychology from University of Pennsylvania in 1967. He is currently the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. For 14 years he was the Director of the Clinical Training Program of the Psychology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a past-president of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 1996 Dr. Seligman was elected President of the American Psychological Association by the largest vote in modern history. His presidential initiatives concerned the prevention of ethnopolitical warfare and the founding of Positive Psychology. Dr. Seligman lives near Philadelphia with his wife Mandy. He has seven children and four grandchildren.