Featuring a post-film Q&A with Unrest producer and native Tucsonan, Alysa Nahmias and Tucson ME Patient-Advocate, Sonya Heller Irey moderated by Susan E. Swanberg.
The acclaimed, Sundance award-winning documentary Unrest offers a compelling and highly personal look at the often mysterious medical condition known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
“Stirring … a personal look at Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, with powerful results.” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
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. Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community – a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Unrest is, at its core, a love story. How Jen and her new husband forge their relationship while dealing with her mysterious illness is at once heartbreaking, inspiring and funny. (Dir. by Jennifer Brea, 2017, USA, 90 mins., Not Rated)
Alysa Nahmias is an award-winning producer of documentary and narrative films. Her debut feature documentary about Cuba’s revolutionary architecture, Unfinished Spaces (2011), was broadcast on PBS, HBO Latin America, won a 2012 Independent Spirit Award, numerous film festival prizes, and is in the MoMA permanent collection. She recently produced the Sundance award-winning documentary Unrest by director Jennifer Brea (2017) and the fiction feature No Light and No Land Anywhere by director Amber Sealey with executive producer Miranda July, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2016 L.A. Film Festival. Her other producing credits include the PBS American Masters release, Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq directed by Nancy Buirski, with creative advisor Martin Scorsese (New York Film Festival, Berlinale, 2013); Shield and Spear by director Petter Ringbom (Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2014); and Academy Award-nominated director Jennifer Redfearn’s ITVS/PBS feature Tocando La Luz (Full Frame Jury Prize, 2015). Nahmias was a 2016 Sundance Catalyst Fellow and a 2013 Film Independent Fellow. Her work has been shown at festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including the Venice Biennale and the Museum of Modern Art.
Susan E. Swanberg, M.A., M.S., J.D., Ph.D. is a former bench scientist who conducted research in telomere biology and autism genetics. She is now an assistant professor at the University of Arizona School of Journalism where she teaches news reporting, science journalism, environmental journalism, and media law. She also conducts research on the history of science journalism, the public understanding of science and the intersection of law, science, and journalism. Swanberg has published peer-reviewed scientific articles and science stories for the public. Her current research project focuses on journalists who chronicled the birth of the Atomic Age.