Uncover the Epidemic - We need your help!

It has been quite a busy and eventful year for UNDER OUR SKIN, with accolades from audiences and press worldwide. At film festivals, we've received five "Best Documentary" awards, two "Audience Favorite" awards, and top honors from medical and film organizations. We've also been successful in bringing the film to viewers free of charge in hundreds of community screenings worldwide. And with national spots on network TV and radio, our film has brought unprecedented attention to the issue of Lyme disease. But we have more work to do.

We are now gearing up for the next phase--the Uncover the Epidemic national outreach campaign, which we're launching in conjunction with our theatrical and educational DVD release this summer. In addition to getting the film before mainstream audiences, we'll be partnering with national organizations to bring Lyme awareness into current debates on health care and the environment. We will also be working to get the film into classrooms, medical schools and libraries, so that the truth about Lyme disease (and the system that has kept it hidden) can no longer be ignored.

In the absence of large studios backing our efforts, we are financing this work ourselves. We are actually paying to bring the film into theaters. Revenue from DVDs sold to date is all going back into outreach and distribution. But it is not enough. We need to raise $100,000 in the next two and half months to continue our vital outreach work, including our awareness tour, advertising, PR and promotional materials.

Never before has the Lyme community had a media tool like UNDER OUR SKIN. It is imperative we don't pass up this opportunity to create lasting mainstream awareness and change. As we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your contributions are fully tax-deductible--and appreciated no matter what you can afford. Donors who contribute $250 or more will receive a signed movie poster and DVD when the "fully loaded" version is available later this summer. Donors who give $1000 or more (by June 1st) will receive these gifts plus recognition in the upcoming DVD discussion booklet.

• Make a donation online using the widget above, or go directly to the UOS "donate" page.

• Copy the widget HTML above and embed it in your own blogs and web pages to help spread the word.

• Send a check payable to Open Eye Pictures/UOS by mail to the office address.

Thank you so much for your belief in our project and your continued support. Please check out www.underourskin.com to see the impact the film is already having, and how we're poised for more.

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