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XS Stress: Teens Take Control

XS Stress: Teens Take Control

| 28 min

In this short film, three youths draw on their own experiences to provide an essential guide to staying afloat while navigating the choppy waters of adolescence. It's a time when youth undergo big changes and assume new responsibilities, juggling school, family and friends. Throw in work, dating, exams, racist remarks and extracurricular activities, and it's no wonder teens get knocked off balance. Spoken word performer Kyra Shaughnessy and a diverse chorus of young voices provide running commentary, making XS Stress an insightful report from the teens of today.

This film deals with mature subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised

  • participation
    Kira Gauthier
    Jarrel John
    Sarah Reed
    Kyra Shaughnessy
  • writer
    Patricia Kearns
  • director
    Patricia Kearns
  • producer
    Tamara Lynch
  • director of photography
    Philippe Amiguet
    Alexandre Bussière
  • sound recordist
    Raymond Marcoux
    Craig Lapp
  • editor
    Marlene Millar
    Dexter X
  • art director
    Robin A. Paterson
  • production manager
    Alison Burns
  • production assistant
    Joanne O'Neill
    Mike Bellingham
    Vicky Kearns
    Khoba Sysavane
    Nicolas Girard
  • camera assistant
    Yvan Gekoff
  • camera intern
    Ryan De Souza
  • gaffer
    Claude Pothier
    Martin Beaudry
  • assistant art director
    Jonas Veroff Bouchard
  • scenic technician
    Saturnin Goyer
  • stills photography
    Alison Burns
    Eisha Marjara
  • assistant editor
    Dexter X
  • original music composer
    Janet Lumb
    Dino Giancola
  • performer
    Kyra Shaughnessy
  • additional photography
    Philippe Amiguet
  • key grip
    David Dollé
  • sound editor
    Don Ayer
  • sound re-recording
    Luc Léger
  • online editor
    Sylvain Desbiens
    Denis Gathelier
  • digital editing technician
    Ochelle Greenidge
    Martine Forget
    Phyllis Lewis
    Danielle Raymond
    Chaz Oliver
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • marketing manager
    Moira Keigher
  • post-production coordination
    Claude Cardinal
  • studio clerk
    Christine Williams
  • studio administrator
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner


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Ages 14 to 17

Study Guide - Guide 1

Family Studies/Home Economics - Adolescent Development
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Health/Personal Development - Identity
Health/Personal Development - Mental Health/Stress/Suicide

Brainstorm the kinds of stress that many teens experience. Discuss the factors that contribute to teen stress. Identify some solutions to remedy adolescent stress. Comment on Sarah's statement: "I don't want limits on my personality." In what ways do you agree or disagree with her statement. Identify the kinds of behaviour that teens often resort to when they are stressed out. How do your students deal with the pressures of family, school, and society in general?

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