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Project of the Day: A Rare Disease Gets the Feature Film Treatment in ‘Canary in a Coal Mine’

Project of the Day: A Rare Disease Gets the Feature Film Treatment in 'Canary in a Coal Mine'

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“Canary in a Coal Mine

Tweetable Logline: 

A film about life with M.E., the most prevalent and devastating disease your doctor has never heard of.

Elevator Pitch:

Canary In A Coal Mine is the story of one of the worlds most
prevalent, devastating, and misunderstood diseases. It follows Jennifer
as she documents her own story and the stories of several extraordinary
individuals struggling to find their way, fight, accept and sometimes
even thrive in spite of “an illness that has no end”. At its heart, the
film asks: what does this illness signify about the world we live in and
what do we all risk by ignoring the voices of the sick and the
profoundly invisible? What could we all learn by paying attention to
those voices?

Production Team:

Jennifer Brea – Director/Producer
Kiran Chitanvis- Creative Producer/DP

About the Production:

“Jennifer was a Harvard PhD student. Months before her wedding, she
became progressively more ill, losing the ability even to sit in a
wheelchair. Doctors insisted that her condition was psychosomatic rather
than real. She had become a part of a hidden world of millions
suffering from an illness for which there is evidence dating back to at
least the 1930s. The disease, myalgic encephalomyelitis, is a very real
disease with profound metabolic, neurological, and immunological
dysfunction. It was re-branded in the 1980s by the CDC as ‘Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome’. We are fighting to show M.E. by its true face.” — Kiran Chitanvis

Current Status:

In production.

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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