Fourth Period Burnout
teens document how they experience high expectations and pressure to succeed.
Their artistic recreations show what it’s like to be overwhelmed, overworked
and heading towards burnout.
school students today have to balance heavy workloads at school with increasing
pressure to succeed. Fourth Period Burnout pools the creative
energies of three youth — Juliette (16), Daniel (18) and Theresa (15) — and
their mentor, Madison Thomas, to create a short documentary about their
day-to-day experiences with stress and burnout.
16, dances five days a week while working towards becoming an actor and pushing
herself to do well in school.
18, is a high school senior with a goal of going into film studies. He's a bit
nervous about university.
15, is a first-generation Canadian whose parents immigrated from the
Philippines. She feels the pressure to do well in school, but also loves the
arts and just hanging out with her friends.
for the documentary took shape when director Madison Thomas started teaching in
an after-school program for creative teens in Winnipeg.
one student shared her weekly school, homework, extra-curricular and part-time
work schedule with me, I was floored by how much was being expected of this 16
year-old,” says Thomas.
Fourth Period Burnout features the collaborative voice of
the students alongside artistic recreations of the situations that hint at the
emotional and psychological states of youth heading towards a burnout from
being overworked at school. Through their work, the voices of the teen creators
encourage other youth to practise self-care and not put so much pressure on
behind-the-scenes footage documenting the writing process and the narrative
components that the students bring to life, the documentary explores how high
school students are overworked and some of the ways they can manage their
stress. (CBC Short Docs)