‘Endo What?’ Illuminates the Lives of Those Living with an Underdiscussed Disease

'Endo What?' Illuminates the Lives of Those Living with an Underdiscussed Disease
'Endo What?' Illuminates the Lives of Those Living with Underdiscussed Disease

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Endo What?

Logline: A film about endometriosis, the most common, devastating disease that most people have never heard of.

Elevator Pitch: 
“Endo What” explores one of the world’s most misunderstood diseases: endometriosis. It affects 1 in 10 women or 176 million worldwide, yet most people have never heard of it.

Patients see an average of 8 doctors for 10 years before being diagnosed. In that time, many are forced to abandon dreams of having children, to leave careers they love, to watch personal relationships suffer & to live in unspeakable pain. Because of societal taboos & misinformation, many doctors & even those closest to them tell them the pain is normal or in their heads.

This film seeks to change that.

Production Team:
Shannon Cohn – Director/Producer (“Monogamish” – Co-Producer, 2015 Rome Film Fest; “Neurons to Nirvana,” Seattle Intl. Film Fest; “Sea Nation” – Producer; Discovery Channel)
Patricio Cohn – Producer/DP – (“Prudy & Albert” – Director, “Sea Nation” – Producer, Discovery Channel)
Arix Zalace – Producer/Editor

About the Film:
I’m not only director of this film, I’m also a women living with endometriosis. In my case, that means over 20 years of pain, miscarriages, surgeries & misdiagnoses. After the birth of my second daughter (who has a 7x increased risk of having the disease), I realized how little things have changed since I first had symptoms at 16. I thought: What if there were a film to stop this vicious cycle? A film to put power in the hands of women.

This is that film.

Current Status: Finishing Post & Outreach Plan.

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Project of the Year: Blackmagic Design will award Indiewire’s Project of the Year winner (announced in January) with one (1) Blackmagic URSA Mini 4k, the world’s first high end digital film camera designed to revolutionize workflow on set. 

For more information about Blackmagic please visit: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com

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