Host an UNREST House Party with Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI)

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

With the national broadcast premiere of Unrest on PBS/Independent Lens (USA) on January 8, now is the time to share this film with friends, colleagues, and family members who don’t know very much about ME or who want to know what they can do to help. The Time for Unrest campaign will be 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. We hope that you will host a house party, inviting your friends and family to better understand your experience with this disease.

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 Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI)

SMCI is the only non-profit organization solely dedicated to making ME/CFS understood, diagnosable and treatable.  We believe that the best way to serve patients is to solve this debilitating disease by investing in promising research and fostering an environment for scientific collaboration. We work to accelerate the discovery of safe and effective treatments, strive for an aggressive expansion of funding for research that will lead to a cure and seek to engage the entire ME/CFS community in research. Through scientific research and advocacy, SMCI serves patients and researchers alike, serving as an information center for the entire ME/CFS community, and enabling SMCI to make an even stronger case for federal government ME/CFS spending, by generating verifiable and large data sets with reliable metrics.

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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.