Bringing the Lyme film to a theater near you

ifc_center_uos.jpeg Five years ago, film director Andy Abrahams Wilson and the Open Eye Pictures crew set up a camera at the “Hope To Heal” Lyme conference, and asked the attendees to, “Tell us your Lyme disease stories.” Hundreds of heart-wrenching stories later, Andy knew he had stumbled upon one of the most important untold stories in medicine – that of the tragically ignored Lyme disease epidemic. Today, a year after our premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, we are thrilled to report that UNDER OUR SKIN has been shown in 30 film festivals and almost 500 community screenings around the world. In addition, the film has won numerous awards and has been featured in dozens of national and local TV and radio spots. And on June 19th the film will begin its theatrical release across the U.S. (First stops will be the IFC Center in New York and the Laemmle Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills, CA.) UNDER OUR SKIN sheds light onto the science and politics of Lyme disease, as well as the personal stories of lives destroyed by it. For those afflicted with Lyme disease, the film provides a way to help friends and family understand the suffering and stigma that patients must struggle with on a daily basis. And for those patients just beginning the treatment process, the film offers hope. The shortest path to public awareness and understanding is to show people the ravages of the disease with their own eyes. And this is where a film can make a huge difference. As human beings, we are conditioned to respond to real stories of real people, and these emotions can be harnessed to affect change. Here are some ways you can help us uncover the epidemic: 1. Convince your local independent theater of the importance of running the film. Have interested theaters contact our distributor Ken Eisen of Shadow Distribution at 207-872-5111 or for a week long run. 2. Look for participating theaters in your area by visiting our website screenings page, then urge local Lyme support groups, as well as friends and family, to attend. You can download posters from our website, and then post them around town to help publicize. 3. Organize a community awareness event around a theatrical run. Some ideas: Have a local sponsor or group buy blocks of tickets for Lyme community members or friends; organize a Q&A mixer at a nearby venue immediately following a theatrical showing; or set up an informational booth outside the theaters. For support and ideas, contact Open Eye at 4. Donate to our national outreach campaign to help ensure that UNDER OUR SKIN becomes the tool of change that it has the potential to be. Margaret Mead, the influential cultural anthropologist once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” If we all pull together, we can make a difference!