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22 January 2016

OUT OF MY HEAD aka The Migraine Project


The makers of the documentary OUT OF MY HEAD, Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron, have some exciting news!  They have completed a rough cut.  Animation, graphics, music, archival footage rights, sound mixing, color grading, and more need our support.  The Association of Migraine Disorders has agreed to match donations* to OUT OF MY HEAD dollar for dollar!  People who choose to support the film will double their impact with the matching funds. Help these filmmakers finish this much needed and superb documentary.   A little over a year ago, I wrote about this documentary and what it is all about.  Take a look at this clip and read about the film below:


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Migraine is a very big part of my life.  From before anyone knew for what reason or why I would get terribly sick as a toddler to the excruciating attacks as an adolescent through adulthood, migraine has been a prevalent and persistent occurrence.  I've traveled through the ups and downs associated with this neurological disease, as have millions of other Americans.  Unfortunately, our stories and struggles are not widely known or spoken of.  Mostly due to the stigma attached to migraine as being "just a bad headache".  We do not see walks being organized, fundraisers or public figures advocating for more research and awareness for migraine and headache disorders.  Our fight is often a silent and isolated one where shame and blame is often put upon the sufferer.

That is why I am so excited about this new feature documentary film, OUT OF MY HEAD, a production of The Migraine Project.  This film is the first of its kind, showcasing many aspects of the neurological disease.  Personal stories, medical research, spiritual experiences, and artistic expression are illuminated throughout the film.  The director, Susanna Styron and the producer, Jacki Ochs both have a personal connection to the film.  Susanna's daughter began getting migraines at the age of 14 and many women in Jacki's family, including her grandmother and nieces, have migraine disease.  Having loved ones stricken with this disease has compelled them to document the realities of living with brutal and debilitating pain, the lack of treatment and physicians who specialize in headache disorders, and scandalously low funding for migraine research.

Why is this film important and why bring attention to it?  For two important reason... so that the millions of people living with the disease can be better understood and not stigmatized and to increase funding for research and finding a cure.  Being diagnosed with migraine is life-altering and it affects more than the sufferer.  Families, loved ones, friends and relationships of all kinds are affected by migraine.  Bringing a broader understanding about this very debilitating disease is a catalyst for change.  Supporting the making of this project will help bring this issue to the forefront, which will in turn shed a long awaited light on a disease that has been buried under stigma for decades.

You will meet a range of people who live with migraine and hear their stories, including a renowned Bollywood performer, an acclaimed jazz singer, an author, and an entire family who lives with migraine.  The frontiers of neuroscience and exploration of the brain are spotlighted as well.  Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Klaus Podoll and Dr. Rami Burstein, Director of Pain Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital make appearances in the film, both of whom are big contributors to the field of migraine art and research, respectively.

*All donations to Human Arts Association for OUT OF MY HEAD are tax-deductible.
Tax-deductible contributions by check should be made out to our fiscal sponsor:
Human Arts Association
Memo: The Migraine Project
PO Box 3238, New York, NY 10008

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