About the Film

Angst is a 56-minute film and virtual reality experience that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmakers’ goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it.  The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools. Scroll down to learn more about our filmmakers and panel of experts.

Official Trailer

Angst Clip: Why We Made This Film

Angst Clip: Is anxiety on the rise? Is social media to blame?

Angst Clip: Anxiety and the mind-gut connection

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 an award-winning Producer of such films as Bit Players, The Empowerment Project, Screenagers and the recently released Angst, a documentary created to raise awareness around anxiety. She is a popular speaker at Sundance, Cannes, CES, SXSW, Women in Film, and other major industry events. Frustrated by complicated and one-sided distribution deals, Scilla co-founded IndieFlix which has become one of the most meaningful global online streaming platforms in the industry. IndieFlix specializes in edutainment, streaming over 6000 films from 85 countries and creating and screening social change documentaries offline in over ten thousand communities in 20 countries Scilla is on a mission to change the world with film. indieflix.com

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 HOWE, MSNARRATOR
Jenny Howe is a licensed therapist with degrees in Psychology and Child & Family Studies. For the last 20 years, she’s worked extensively with youth and adolescents in both the criminal justice and public school systems. In addition to working for the Utah State Division of Youth Corrections, she served as an elementary school counselor and program coordinator for Utah school districts. There, she conducted students’ full psychological risk evaluations. In addition, Jenny managed an elementary program for students struggling with mental health issues while at school. Jenny’s vast experience includes working with children, adolescents and families dealing with school avoidance, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, Autism Spectrum disorders, behavioral issues and trauma and attachment based disorders. She is a primary therapist for Waypoint Academy, a therapeutic boarding school for boys challenged with severe anxiety. Jenny believes all adolescents have the capability and motivation to become the best version of themselves and loves watching them discover their potential.
DR. JERRY BUBRICK
Jerry Bubrick, PhD, is the senior director of the Anxiety Disorders Center and director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Service at the Child Mind Institute. He is a cognitive and behavioral psychologist who specializes in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Widely recognized for developing one of the world’s most intensive pediatric programs for OCD, he is a pioneer in using cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat children and teens with OCD and related anxiety disorders.

Dr. Bubrick has provided direct patient care, supervised psychiatric residents and trained child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists in the CBT treatment for anxiety disorders. He has led workshops on OCD and anxiety disorders, and in his role as a public lecturer he has presented at primary and secondary schools, academic medical centers, community health organizations and professional conferences. He also co-authored Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding, the first book ever written on the topic.

A dedicated advocate for children and their families, Dr. Bubrick is a significant public voice educating parents and teachers about the fear at the roots of anxiety — and how it’s effectively treated.
Experience
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Clinical Assistant Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
Founder and Clinical Director, New Jersey Campus, NYU Child Study Center
Psychologist, Manhattan location, NYU Child Study Center
Psychologist and Behavioral Consultant, Bio-Behavioral Institute (a psychological and psychiatric clinic at the forefront of evidence-based treatments), Great Neck, NY
Licensed Psychologist, private practice, Montclair, NJ
School psychologist, Guggenheim Elementary School, Port Washington, NY
Education
PhD, Clinical and School Psychology, Hofstra University
MA, Psychology, Hofstra University
BA, Psychology, Boston University

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.

Board certified in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Dr. Breuner’s clinical interests include treating adolescent eating disorders and obesity, as well as sports and trauma related injuries in the child and adolescent. She utilizes holistic, mindfulness and integrative approaches such as biofeedback, yoga, and massage to manage these conditions. She serves as president of the Northwest Society of Adolescent Medicine and is a faculty member at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 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
Laura Kastner, Ph.D. received her doctorate in Psychology from University of Virginia. Currently a clinical professor in the department of psychology and the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at U.W., Dr. Kastner has also taught in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and the medical school. The topics of her academic publications include adolescent sexuality, chronic illness, eating disorders, adolescent development, behavioral pediatrics and medical education. She has received awards including recognition as a “Best Doctor” of Seattle, “Distinguished Psychologist” from the Washington state American Psychological Association, and an “Angel Service Award” from the Thurston County Child Development Coalition.

Dr. Kastner is a frequent speaker at conferences, workshops and forums on adolescent development and family relationships. She is an author of five books written for parents about child development and parenting. Titles include The Launching Years: Strategies for parenting from senior year to college life, Getting to Calm: Strategies for parenting tweens and teens and Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for raising tweens + teens (ParentMap, 2013). Her most recent book is entitled “Getting to Calm, The Early Years: Cool-headed strategies for raising happy, independent and caring 3- to 7- year olds” is her first book written for parents of young children. Dr. Kastner sees children, adolescents, couples and families in her clinical practice.