UnLonely Film Festival 6

Everything’s Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major

A musical comedy about a young woman at the onset of her “quarter life crisis,” following her existential journey though the various stages of anxiety in song.

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Meet the Filmmaker

What is their why?

I don’t understand why we go through a “quarter-life crisis.” It’s not a thing. It’s not like getting your license, or turning 21. You don’t prepare for it. Our parents never went through it—they were married with a mortgage by 25. So why does everyone in my generation (myself included) freak out at the idea of becoming an adult? Are we truly that unprepared for the real world? Or is it all in our heads? I think there’s something hilarious about this notion, and its relation to anxiety. We stress and stress and procrastinate having to deal with these responsibilities, and that gets bottled up in the form of paralyzing anxiety: we’ll watch Netflix, eat comfort food, and pray that it will all just go away. Well it does, until that bottle overflows. I feel like music, especially musical comedy, was the right vehicle to share what that feels like with others. “

Zack Morrison is a comedy writer and filmmaker from New Jersey. His work includes writing and directing the student Emmy-winning short musical, “Everything’s Fine: A Panic Attack in D Major;” and his half-hour comedy pilot, “Canusa Street,” has placed on several national screenplay competition short lists in 2020 and 2021. Some of Zack’s other projects include writing and directing musical comedy sketches for Buzzfeed, producing and hosting the crowd-sourced variety show project, “We Have A Show,” and producing and hosting the docu-travel series “Space Tourists” for Space Channel. Most recently, Zack was the script coordinator on the upcoming “Kids Tonight Show” spinoff on Peacock, and he was previously a writers’ assistant at “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” and a writer’ PA at “Saturday Night Live” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Zack has a MFA degree in Television Writing from Columbia University, and is a proud Rutgers University alumnus.

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How can the post-grad generation be better supported for the transtion from school to daily living? What can older generations do to help guide them?

5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Sorry but been there snd her attitudes sucks. GET A JOB ZOEY!!! Starbucks, wherever. Volunteer in between. Your parents supported you it seems pretty well and ure lucky about that so stop whining
    (This is so far the only video Ive disliked from lonely planet. It was self-indulgent, too long and it needed serious editing, ie the long song pieces, re Xanax etc . We got it after 2 stanzas)
    Sorry!

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  2. June Read

    Hi, I enjoy musicals and thought this was a fun way to explore loneliness and getting a taste of how to work on both humility while developing resilience. Getting a degree is like getting your driving licence. You learned the rules to pass the test and now whenever you are on the road you have to apply them. Scary – right? Has our society has enabled naivete? I had a career in HR and when parents of college graduates would call and ask me, or our department managers, why their son or daughter was not accepted for the position – I was stunned. Really!!! Helicopter Parents damage the growth of their children. How much support is too much? How can we teach resilience so that they don’t feel like they have failed but are progressing – even when it hurts. We all talk to the mirror.

    I have had the great opportunity to mentor young people and found many unprepared for the challenges around:
    1. making their own decisions (going to New York because…)
    2. being aware of how their actions impact (social media post – fake news)
    3. financial challenges – how much it costs to live somewhere and should you give a ‘friend’ money when you have so little yourself.
    4. Sometimes students do not have a support system What other options can help guide them past this valuable learning stage (and it is a learning stage)? What if this young lady had decided to live in another country? If you can’t afford things that enable you to expand and socialize – you get lonely. Ultimately – preparing for the realities around the unknown should be done better to alleviate much anxiety and stress. I recommend reading “FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY”. You are not alone but you are the one who can make the changes.

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  3. inquiries@azrelazitgetz.com

    First, thanks for making the film!!It was great to get a breakaway from what’s usually posted for us on social media. Post grads need to shift the perspective a bit & come up with a plan. Grown ups should also shift into remembering they felt (or perhaps still feel) the same way younger people feel. The power is always in the unity of community. Whether it’s live or online, the power of art and connecting will always build ‘a universal bridge to the higher love inside all’’! That’s the kinda guidance we could use some of! 😉🗝️ @azrelazitgetz ∆³

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  4. Caroline Francis

    Extremely well done! I have shared this with several in my network.

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  5. Laurie Theeke

    Wow! This film is fantastic. I am a loneliness researcher and this film nails it for people in transition. We often experience loneliness when we transition from one phase to the next in our lives and finishing college and getting out there is a major one. There is so much pressure to live the dream while saddled with debt. I am the parent of 13 children, 8 of them adopted and when you add childhood trauma onto human development – we all need more time. Reminded me that life doesn’t have a schedule and of the negatives of comparative thinking that happens when we are all on social media creating limited personas. thank you for making this film.

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