All This Panic. 2016. USA. Directed by Jenny Gage. 80 min.
Condensing three years into 80 minutes seems exactly right for a documentary portrait of the fast-paced lives of teenage girls. The core subjects of Jenny Gage and cinematographer-collaborator Tom Betterton's first film are a group of articulate, privileged, and highly self-aware siblings and friends. As they grow from high school to college, parties and boyfriends come and go, but core loyalties and antagonisms remain at the center of their lives. Mary Timony's music provides the backdrop for this fluidly observational, never overbearing portrait of young women at defining moments.