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March 31–April 6, 2017

Chicago Premiere

All This Panic

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4 stars "Astonishing... remarkably intimate"
  —The Guardian
"All This Panic... digs deeper to reveal the rawness, confusion, fear, aimlessness, and euphoria of that most turbulent of times"
  —Village Voice
"A dreamy diary of a time that passes so quickly yet impacts so profoundly"
  —New York Times
"Tender... evocative"
  —Screen International
3 stars½ "A thoughtful, engaging documentary which tackles a part of the human experience we really ought to give more time to"
  —Eye for Film
3 stars½ "Deep, shrewd and beautifully realized... full of that boundless hopeful mystery one feels at maximum during teenage years"
Recommended "Lush, simmering... practically translucent in its fluid, fluent form"
  —NewCity Chicago

"If you could go back and start over, knowing everything you know now about high school, would you?" So begins director Jenny Gage's bittersweet and introspective documentary chronicling the coming-of-age of seven young girls in Brooklyn.

Over the span of three years, Gage and her partner, cinematographer Tom Betterton, follow sisters Ginger and Dusty and a small group of their friends as they navigate the tumultuous waters of adolescence. All This Panic mixes portraiture and vérité as these smart and vulnerable teens open up to the camera, sharing their hopes and fears with surprising candor and maturity. They support each other through family troubles, doubts about the future and first forays into sexual identity and relationships. Though they are often wise and reflective beyond their years, they are also aware that they are on the cusp of something momentous. In a world where "they want to see us, but they don't want to hear us." this is a project comprised of young women speaking to their own experiences.

The strength and poignancy of All This Panic lie in watching these young women live through an experience both collective and incredibly personal, narrating it all with their own words.

Directed by Jenny Gage, U.S.A., 2016, 80 mins.


  • Fri., March 31 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sat., April 1 at 4:30, 6:30 & 8:30 pm
  • Sun., April 2 at 4:30 & 6:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., April 3–6 at 6:30 & 8:30 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation