Host an UNREST House Party with Open Medicine Foundation

Thinking about what you can do to encourage more people to see UNREST, learn more about ME/CFS, and ACT?

With the broadcast of Unrest on PBS/Independent Lens (USA), the time is now to share the film with friends, colleagues, and family members that don’t know much about ME/CFS or want to know what else they can do. The Time for Unrest campaign is hosting a worldwide house party program the full WEEK of the PBS broadcast (January 5, 2018 to January 14, 2018)! There will be many ways for you to watch throughout the week. Host a house party, talk to your friends and family, and inspire them to advocate for ME.

Interested in hosting a House Party? Sign up below and someone from our team will be in touch soon. It’s Time for Unrest!

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About Open Medicine Foundation

The mission of Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is to fund and initiate collaborative and groundbreaking research into chronic complex diseases so that patients will be able to live life more fully.

Led by their esteemed ME/CFS Scientific Advisory Board, OMF is now focused on the End ME/CFS Project, designed to find biomarkers and effective treatments for myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). These findings should also provide insights into related diseases, such as fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme disease. 

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Twenty-eight year-old Jennifer Brea is working on her PhD at Harvard and months away from marrying the love of her life when she gets a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden and looking for answers. Disbelieved by doctors yet determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and discovers a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Unrest tells the first-person story of Jennifer and her husband, Omar, newlyweds grappling with how to live in the face of a lifelong illness. But it is also a global story about an international community of patients with a serious, life-altering illness — millions suffering invisibly and left at the margins of medicine and science.

Unrest world-premiered January in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize for editing. It has since screened at SxSW, CPH:DOX, HotDocs, River Run (Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature), the Nashville Film Festival (Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature), and at Sheffield Doc/Fest, where it won the Wellcome Trust’s Illuminate Award for "vibrant and innovative filmmaking inspired by scientific understanding." Unrest also has a companion virtual reality piece, which premiered at Tribeca and won the Jury Award for best VR at Sheffield/DocFest.

In September 2017, Unrest launched theatrically in cities across the US and UK, and Australia along with a global impact campaign, Time For Unrest, which aims to increase awareness, education, research and funding around ME. The campaign consists of community screenings to engage doctors, students, scientists, policymakers, and leaders in biotech & pharma around the world. In the US, the film will air on PBS's Independent Lens in January 2018.