Panic Attack (13:00, color, 2000) Directed by Brett Ingram
"Imagine your body telling your brain it doesn't want it in there anymore," says Reade Whinnem, "and then doing everything it can to try and make it leave." Whinnem suffers from Panic Anxiety Disorder, and in Panic Attack, we are taken full-throttle into Whinnem's living nightmare. Combining interview footage with hyperkinetic time lapse and stop-motion animation, the film illustrates with expressionistic force the physical and emotional roller-coaster ride Whinnem calls daily life. This short reveals the determination it takes to survive battles no one can witness.
Panic Attack screened at fourteen festivals and cinema venues internationally, including DOXA Documentary Film and Video Festival and DoubleTake Documentary Film Festival. The film won two awards, including the “Juror’s Special Award for Cinematography” at the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival. Panic Attack screened on regional PBS and is distributed by Fanlight Productions in Boston.