#TimeForUnrest is a global campaign to grow and strengthen the global movement for equal recognition, education, research, and funding for ME.
Take action now by signing our petitions calling
for more research and funding for ME!
FUND M.E. IN THE US
If you live in the United States, sign our petition calling on the US National Institutes of Health to allocate more funding to ME.
A WORLD OF GOOD
If you want to move your government to action, sign our global petition calling on your government to formally recognize ME and sufficiently fund research.
Use these template letters to send a message to your MP and demand action now. Continue scrolling to find a GP template.
HOST A SCREENING
Bring Unrest to community centers, schools, churches, libraries, universities, medical schools, hospitals, clinics, biotech companies, and government institutions!
If you are interested in bringing the film to your community or campus, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch shortly!
Currently, Unrest DVD and Blu-rays only include English subtitles and English audio description. Please note we are currently working on several foreign language subtitles for Unrest community screenings. If you are interested in hosting a screening with a particular language, please contact us.
For US and worldwide screenings (including foreign languages), contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host an UNREST House Party
Whether it's dinner and a movie, 20 people crammed into your living room with a bowl of popcorn, or just you and one other friend sharing the experience of Unrest, you can join in and help us grow the movement.
Gather your friends, family, and neighbors, watch Unrest on Netflix, DVD or your favorite digital platform, facilitate a discussion, and take action! Share the film with those who don’t know much about ME or want to how they can support the movement for equal access to research and care.
Interested in hosting a House Party? Access our House Party Host Packet here.
Want to incorporate direct advocacy action into your house party? Visit the #MEAction website to find opportunities for concrete action: www.meaction.net
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 aired on PBS's Independent Lens in January 2018. The film is now available globally on Netflix.
We're joining forces with #MEAction to bring new scientists into the field, inspire a new generation of doctors and grow a vibrant community of patients, caregivers and allies to end the stigma and the misconceptions and accelerate the search for a cure.
Donate to #MEAction and help us bring Unrest to medical schools, creating curricula for students and continuing medical education for practitioners, leading research institutions, and communities around the world, and build a global movement for change.
Donate online using the box to the right or via any of these methods:
Send a check to: #MEAction, 3900 San Fernando Rd, Unit 1010, Los Angeles, CA 91204.
Donations are tax-deductible for US taxpayers. To request a letter, or for questions about donations, planned giving, gifts of stock, employee matching and workplace giving, please contact us at email@example.com.
Organized under the laws of the State of New Jersey as a not-for-profit corporation, The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Action Network is exempt from tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our Taxpayer Identification Number is: 47-4011296.
You can also donate directly to the Time for Unrest campaign
To make a tax-deductible donation
If you are a U.S. taxpayer and would like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can send a check out to our fiscal sponsor: Utah Film Center, 50 W Broadway, Suite 1125, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Put “Unrest” in the subject/for line of the check.
UK taxpayers can choose to gift-aid their donation, thanks to our UK fiscal sponsors, Doc Society. If you do choose to gift-aid your donation, UNREST will benefit from an additional 25% of its value.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian taxpayers can make tax-deductible donations, thanks to the Documentary Australia Foundation. You can donate online here.
If you are interested in making a larger investment or have any questions, please do get in touch.
You can donate via Paypal.me at Canary in a Coal Mine.
By check or mail
You can also send a check to:
Shella Films, LLC
3900 San Fernando Road, Unit 1010
Glendale, CA 91204
(Donations via mail made directly to Shella Films are not tax-deductible.)