We have a few upcoming screenings of Unrest that we wanted to make sure were on your radar! This weekend, we’ll be screening at two different documentary film festivals: DocLands, in Marin County, California, and DOXA, in Vancouver, Canada. Tickets are still available for our DocLands screenings, so please spread the word to anyone you know in those areas!
This past month of festival screenings has been hugely successful for audience building and awareness. We premiered a preview of our virtual reality project, Unrest VR, at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Virtual Arcade. Unrest VR is an interactive, immersive journey into Jen’s experience of ME, contrasting the painful solitary confinement of a bedroom world with the kinetic freedom of an inner dreamscape. We got great feedback around and coverage of our project, which gives users the first-person POV of having a disabling chronic illness, and we’re excited to further develop the experience.
Jen headed from Tribeca to her hometown of Orlando, Florida, for the Florida Film Festival, where she spoke on a panel of women filmmakers and screened Unrest for an audience of friends, family, and supporters. We were beyond moved to learn that some audience members had driven nearly three hours to attend the screening. To those folks — your enthusiasm and commitment are unbelievable, and we can’t wait until the film is widely available so that you can share it with your community!
We rounded out the month and ushered in May with our Canadian premiere at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary film festival and marketplace. We were thrilled by the press we got around the film, and what that meant for visibility for ME: Jen did a radio interview with the CBC, and Unrest was prominently featured on the front page of the Toronto Star arts section.
Most of all, Hot Docs proved a powerful opportunity for us to connect with Canadian audiences. The two screenings Jen attended were deeply emotional. Audiences candidly shared their personal experiences of ME and chronic illness and lined up after the Q&A to sign up for our email list and join our global movement for impact. We look forward to staying in touch with everyone we met at those screenings. If you’re looking to get involved, you can sign up to host a screening or contribute to our impact campaign, to start.
Finally, some exciting news: Unrest won the Audience Award at the River Run International Film Festival and, most recently, the Grand Jury Award at the Nashville Film Festival. We’re so honored by this recognition of what we’re all trying to do, together.
More to come!
Jen & the Unrest team