Chasing Childhood – Online Screening and Community Conversation

PRESENTED BY: Online Event
6:00 PM, Thursday, February 16, 2023 PST
Location: Online Event - Pacific Standard Time (click for map)

CHASING CHILDHOOD explores how free play and independence have all but disappeared from many 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.

In affluent Wilton, CT, we meet Rob and Genevieve Eason, who imagined the perfect life they could give  their child, Savannah, if they just did everything right. When Savannah is ultimately hospitalized for depression in her senior year of high school, they are forced to reevaluate not only their own values but the culture at large. Recognizing the pervasiveness of her daughter’s struggle, Genevieve  becomes a passionate grassroots  activist who fights to reframe society’s definition of success and to take back childhood.

Meanwhile, in the working-class district of Patchogue, NY, school superintendent Dr. Michael Hynes struggles to combat epidemic behavioral issues and reduce the level of anxiety in his schools. Both Wilton and Patchogue turn to Lenore Skenazy, founder of the Free Range Kids movement, to bring “Let Grow,” a child-driven independence project to their schools. Skenazy takes us inside a New York City public middle school where we witness these projects in action as kids prove they are capable beyond what they ever imagined.

The film explores how and why helicopter parenting became the norm in many communities across the United States. The film features experts and advocates in the area of free play including Julie Lythcott-Haims, former Stanford Dean and author of How to Raise an Adult, and Peter Gray, biological psychologist.

Available to stream: FEBRUARY 14, 2023 12:00 PM – FEBRUARY 17, 2023 12:00 PM PST

Our virtual screening license allows you to log into a virtual screening room and view the film on your own during a 72-hour period. (See below.)
Or you can join us for a virtual screening on February 16th on Zoom at 6PM followed by a community conversation at 7:30PM! To join on February 16th via Zoom go here:

Below is the link and invitation code to our virtual screening room as well as some basic instructions:

Using the link above, click “Register” and enter your email address and the event invitation code. You can return as many times as you like during the screening window by clicking “Event Login” and entering the same email address and invitation code.

If you have trouble registering, please go to the FAQ section within the screening room. If you continue to have trouble, please don’t hesitate to reach out to

Special Guests: Andrea Keith, Executive Director of Let Grow; Andrea O'Ferrall, Schoolteacher and Leader of West Seattle Meaningful Movies

Sponsors: West Seattle Meaningful Movies Mt Baker Meaningful Movies

Release Year: 202

Running Time: 78

Director: Margaret Munzer LoebEden Wurmfeld

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