Lismore Road is partnering with ROCO Films to bring Chasing Childhood to communities and classrooms.
Chasing Childhood is a feature length documentary that explores how free play and independence have all but disappeared from kids’ lives, supplanted by relentless perfectionism leading to record rates of anxiety and depression, a situation now compounded by the pandemic. Free play, unsupervised by adults, is critical for developing essential life skills: grit, independence, and resourcefulness. Many young adults may appear more accomplished on paper, but by the time they get to college they are emotionally struggling and lacking the tools needed to live independently.
DIRECTORS: Margaret Munzer Loeb & Eden Wurmfeld
PRODUCERS: Lisa Eisenpresser, Eden Wurmfeld, Martine Phelan-Roberts, Kiana Jackson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Margaret Munzer Loeb
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Justin Schein
EDITOR: Mary Ann Toman
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Anita Yu
COMPOSER: David Cieri
FEATURING: Peter Gray, Lenore Skenazy, Julie Lythcott-Haims
“Thought-provoking and eye-opening, Chasing Childhood might just help the next generation of kids in the fight for their right to play.”
“Chasing Childhood is tailor-made for parents, educators, and policymakers of every age.”
– Reel News Daily
“Offers a solution, supported by science and statistics; not only is it free and readily accessible, it’s also a whole lot more fun for both children and parents. It’s time to let the kids be kids.”