Panic Attack (Dir. Brett Ingram, 2000, 13 minutes)
"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.
Juxtaposing stark monochromatic interviews with colorful home movies, stop-motion animation, and hyperkinetic time lapse cinematography, this short film illustrates with expressionistic force the physical and emotional roller-coaster ride Whinnem calls daily life, affirming the courage and determination it takes to survive battles no one else can witness.
Panic Attack screened on regional PBS (UNC-TV), and at fourteen festivals, museums, and cinemas internationally, including DOXA Documentary Film and Video Festival in Vancouver, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and the 2019 Animattikon Project in Paphos, Cyprus, winning a Juror’s Special Award for Cinematography at the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival and a Silver Reel award from Media Communications Association International. Panic Attack is distributed for institutional use by Icarus Films in New York.