PRODUCED BY: Jamie Sweeney, Caitlin Lawrie & Victor DeBianchi
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Danielle Kampf
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Writer and director by Danielle Kampf’s short film, Presentation (2018) tells the story of an anxiety-ridden high school sophomore, Holly, who like any normal student, has to give a presentation in front of her science class. She stumbled through her class presentation and walked out of the class after the first minute. Her teacher gave her a second chance to present later that week and sent to the school’s guidance counselor. The counselor recomended her drugs that was not quite needed to fix Holly’s issues. At home her sister boasts about how she’s going to nail her upcoming recital. Holly didn’t need any medicine to cure her anxiety. She just needed someone to talk to her positively and help gain trust on herself to overcome her anxiety. In the film it was her little sister made that possible.
The full short can be viewed below:
Many young adults faces a common social challenge called anxiety. We all have anxiety, and we all cope with it in different ways. We have this tendency to label anxiety in a different way in this society. We think anxiety is harmful, and we protect our kids by removing the challenge thus never giving them a chance to fail or in Holly’s case give her a drug that will help her cope with that challenge. Challenges are meant to be challenges. Successfully overcoming a challenge makes us strong, while failing a challenge and trying again, also make us stronger.
An activity we might use to complement this short film, perhaps one that invites students to experience some element of it or to create something in response to it. Many teens feel a lot of pressure in school and suffer not knowing the reason. They don’t share their problems to anyone because they think someone might have negative impression about them. Also, teens do get judged at school and in this society a lot. As a teacher I can introduce this type of films to help open up conversations about many social taboos and help the students have faith on themselves. Teens can share their thoughts in order to carry on a conversation and try to figure out some answers to unpleasant situations as a community.