CMT changes awards for­mat af­ter Ve­gas shoot­ing

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NEW YORK — A new doc­u­men­tary about anx­i­ety ar­gues that ev­ery­one to some ex­tent suf­fers from stress, nerves and so­cial fear. And, to make their point, the film­mak­ers have en­listed as Ex­hibit A the most dec­o­rated Olympian in his­tory.

Michael Phelps ap­pears in to share his story of be­ing bul­lied and de­pressed, lead­ing to se­vere anx­i­ety. The swim­mer, win­ner of 28 Olympic medals, would look in the mir­ror and not like what he saw.

“Once I opened up about that and things that I had kept in­side of me for so many years, I then found that life was a lot eas­ier. I got to the point where I un­der­stood that it’s OK to not be OK,” he says in the film.

an IndieFlix film de­signed to be screened at schools and com­mu­nity cen­tres, fea­tures can­did in­ter­views with chil­dren and young adults dis­cussing their anx­i­ety, along with ad­vice from men­tal health ex­perts and re­sources and tools. Phelps is like a mus­cu­lar ex­pla­na­tion mark for what the film­mak­ers wanted to show — that even world cham­pi­ons can feel low.

“I’m grate­ful be­cause my mis­sion with this film is to help make the world a bet­ter place and I be­lieve he is so ad­di­tive on that level,” said Scilla An­dreen, CEO and co­founder of IndieFlix.

“If we can in­tro­duce preven­tion, self-care and well-be­ing to our chil­dren — even in the pre-K and kin­der­garten years — they can have a com­pletely dif­fer­ent life.”

An­dreen hopes the film will reach more than three mil­lion peo­ple around the world from 25,000 com­mu­nity and school screen­ings.

Angst was filmed in the U.S. and United King­dom and is ap­pro­pri­ate for chil­dren start­ing at age 10.

“Anx­i­ety is to­tally treat­able,” she said. “It can be a pre­cur­sor to so many things that can then lead to ad­dic­tion, home­less­ness, drop­ping out of school and a host of other men­tal health chal­lenges.”

Anx­i­ety dis­or­ders are the most com­mon men­tal health chal­lenge in the U.S., im­pact­ing 54 per cent of fe­males and 46 per cent of males, with age seven be­ing the me­dian age of on­set, ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion. The Amer­i­can Col­lege Health As­so­ci­a­tion has found that un­der­grad­u­ates re­port­ing “over­whelm­ing anx­i­ety” jumped to 62 per cent in 2016 from 50 per cent in 2011.

“Talk­ing about it is the most ef­fec­tive thing you can do and, of course, the last thing you want to do,” said An­dreen. In ad­di­tion to talk­ing, writ­ing about your feel­ings or con­nect­ing to mu­sic can help. “Any­thing that helps you to take a break from the anx­i­ety and move the en­ergy to the front of the brain.”

An­dreen, whose dis­tri­bu­tion stream­ing ser­vice em­braces projects that push for so­cial change, was bul­lied as a child and learned some­thing about her­self while work­ing on the film.

“Ev­ery­one has anx­i­ety. And I learned in mak­ing the movie that I have so­cial anx­i­ety. I never even knew that. I just thought I was born less than ev­ery­one else and that was my lot in life. I would al­ways have to work harder, try harder, never fit in,” she said. “I don’t feel so alone.”

In ad­di­tion to the doc­u­men­tary, IndieFlix is cre­at­ing a web-based se­ries on anx­i­ety to dig deeper into the is­sue and has pro­duced a vir­tual-re­al­ity com­po­nent that al­lows users to ex­pe­ri­ence a panic at­tack first­hand.

An­dreen be­lieves anx­i­ety lev­els are so high in part be­cause of the pace of mod­ern life and the amount of time peo­ple spend with their elec­tronic de­vices, which takes away from con­nect­ing in per­son and de­vel­op­ing em­pa­thy.

“We need more face time with each other,” said An­dreen, a for­mer Emmy-nom­i­nated cos­tume de­signer. “We just stopped do­ing it. We’re out of prac­tice, that’s all.”

NASHVILLE — CMT is for­go­ing for­mal award pre­sen­ta­tions dur­ing this year’s artists of the year show and de­vot­ing the en­tire live show to “a night of hope and heal­ing through the power of mu­sic.” The change comes af­ter a mass shoot­ing at a coun­try mu­sic fes­ti­val in Las Ve­gas.

The cable net­work said Thurs­day the new for­mat for the Oct. 18 show will fo­cus on the fans, as well as those af­fected by re­cent dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes and wild­fires. The show will air live from Nashville’s Scher­mer­horn Sym­phony Cen­ter at 8 p.m. East­ern.

“It doesn’t feel right to be pat­ting our­selves on the back that night like we would nor­mally do, but in­stead turn the fo­cus a lit­tle bit to­ward the fans and thank them for what they’ve done for the artists,” said ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mar­garet Comeaux.

Each of the show’s hon­ourees, which in­clude Ja­son Aldean, Luke Bryan, Flor­ida Ge­or­gia Line, Chris Sta­ple­ton and Keith Ur­ban, agreed with the changes, Comeaux said.

JOR­DAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP

Olympic swim­mer Michael Phelps ar­rives at the ESPYS in Los An­ge­les, Calif., on July 12. Phelps ap­pears in the doc­u­men­tary, Angst to share his story of be­ing bul­lied and de­pressed.

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