Eileen O’Meara’s “Panic Attack” is a very short but sweet look at the chaos that is the panic attack and how horrific it can be. Animated and painted by Eileen O’Meara herself, “Panic Attack” is centered on a young woman waiting at a stop light while driving. When she ponders if she shut off her coffee machine, suddenly her imagination begins to take on a life of its own and a mole hill is transformed in to a gigantic mountain before our very eyes.
“Panic Attack” is a wonderful three minute look at the causes and ill effects of the normal panic attack and how the minds of the mentally ill can catastrophize just about everything in their life; even something as minute and mundane as the state of a coffee pot. While to you or me it’s minimal and likely not even worth thinking about, to someone with anxiety, it’s everything until it destroys us. If you’ve ever needed insight in to how the mind can become a monster to those inflicted with anxiety or panic disorder, this is a quite stellar peek. Eileen O’Meara lends a genuine, distinct voice to her film’s premise, and I look forward to seeing more from her soon.
The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival runs every year from January 31st to February 3rd.