August 14th, 2007


Under Our Skin

Open Eye Pictures is working on a new documentary film about Lyme disease called Under Our Skin.  To quote the blurb on their splash page:
It may be the fastest growing infectious disease in the United States, yet each year thousands are misdiagnosed - many of them told that their symptoms are "all in their heads." In this upcoming documentary feature, we investigate the shocking human, medical, and political dimensions of Lyme disease, an emerging epidemic destroying countless numbers of lives.
willo posted a short release from Open Eye Pictures' newsletter here:
We're very excited to announce that a 30-minute sample of our Lyme documentary, UNDER OUR SKIN, has put us in the running for the prestigious IFP "Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries. " In addition, we were awarded a screening slot at IFP Market, which will place the rough cut of our film in front of high-level broadcasters and distributors in September.

Interest in the film has been high, with packed fundraising screenings in five cities; a pitch meeting with HBO; and interviews with national publications such as The Washington Post, The Scientist, and Forbes(…well, we tried). And with President Bush's announcement that he's been treated for Lyme, and Michael Moore's SICKO film making healthcare an election issue, we feel the time is right for this film.

We're now in the homestretch for completing our rough cut for Sundance Festival submission, and we'd like to call on the Lyme disease community to help us out in this final sprint. Even if you're not able to financially assist us, please help us spread the word among your friends, family, and influencers, so we can create a groundswell of excitement for our upcoming screenings.

(We've placed our 5-minute film trailer back on our main website, so that you can easily forward it via email.)

And thanks again for all your support and stories!!
Open Eye Pictures
I think I'd like to see this film, and I hope it does some good.