All This Panic

Jenny GageUSA79 minutes2016PGEnglishToronto Premiere

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Brooklyn filmmaker Jenny Gage follows three pivotal years in the lives of two neighbourhood sisters and their social circle, in this brilliantly and messily candid documentary portrait of female adolescence.

Director Jenny Gage and her husband, cinematographer Tom Betterton, became intrigued by their neighbours Ginger and Dusty, two teenage sisters in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill district, and began filming the girls and their friends over the course of three years. From this initial project emerges the documentary All This Panic, an intimate, nuanced, and lyrical portrait of the vibrancy of female youth.

Gage and Betterton show immense restraint, providing her subjects with an unusual degree of space so that their voices, feelings, and experiences tell the story. The film is a revelation, capturing both the minutiae of daily life and the massive shifts that define this period of transition for the girls, who must hang onto the familiar and comforting aspects of their lives while jumping into the big, bad world that lies in front of them. Gage presents us with a picture that is bold, brilliant, messy, and remarkably honest.

BRIGID TIERNEY

You'll love this movie for the authenic teenage angst documented. While looking like a photoset straight out of Rookie, the documentary follows a group of teenagers in Brooklyn as they grow up and try to navigate through life. — Emma Cheuk, TIFF Next Wave Committee

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