Anxious Nation


Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, May 30, 2023 3:30 PM
Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Tue, May 30, 2023 6:30 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Documentary Feature
Run Time:100 minutes
Production Country:United States
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Vanessa Roth
Laura Morton


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the one-day-only special premiere of “Anxious Nation” on Tuesday, May 30 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre. There will be two screenings at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.

The special debut of “Anxious Nation” is in observance of Mental Health Awareness Month and will feature a Zoom Q&A with co-director and New York Times best-selling author Laura Morton and her daughter, Sevey Morton, after both screenings. Sevey who suffers from severe anxiety is Laura's inspiration for making the film. She wanted to create a film that would help parents and families talk about the anxiety epidemic in a public forum.

Academy Award-winning director Vanessa Roth and first-time co-director Laura Morton thoughtfully unfold the epidemic of anxiety and explore why we are such an anxious nation.

The film sets out to lift the shroud of shame around mental health while giving emotional insights into how anxiety shows up in our children’s lives, impacts families, and what parents’ contributing role may be in the journey. The filmmakers offer deep insights into how we got here and what we can do to harness anxious energy for good.

"You will not need to go further than this documentary to understand the wave of anxiety that has hit our nation.” — Lloyd Sederer, MD, Psychology Today

"’Anxious Nation’ is a great way to understand young people — and learn how to be helpful. Highly recommend for anyone who has young people in their lives.” — Gabe Howard, Inside Mental Health

“’Anxious Nation’ is an important documentary about the anxiety that seems to be plaguing many young people today and offers some solutions for parents, grandparents, and teenagers.” — MovieGuide

"The sensation of panic or dread is not easy to describe, and the young subjects comport themselves exceptionally well.” — Natalia Winkleman, New York Times