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Jennifer Brea

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Interview with Jennifer Brea on her film Unrest, followed by a panel on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Uncommon Sense – Triple R FM

US film director Jennifer Brea spoke to Amy about her Oscar-shortlisted documentary Unrest, which chronicles her experience and the experiences of others who have gone "missing" – the sufferers of the significantly debilitating illness Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), aka "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome". Activist and ME sufferer Anna Kerr, Emerge CEO Dr Heidi Nicholls and Bio21 Institute researcher Dr Chris Armstrong then joined Amy to talk about the situation for Australians with ME, and the research being conducted to uncover the biological mechanisms behind it. Broadcast on 13 March 2018.

1hr 9mins

16 Mar 2018

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Unrest, Documentary About Chronic Fatigue. Jennifer Brea, the Master Behind and Before the Lens

CHATS with GiGi

Jennifer Brea was a Harvard Ph.D. student when she was struck down by a fever that left her bedridden. Years later her film Unrest, documenting her experience with Chronic Fatigue (ME), is on the shortlist for a Documentary Feature Oscar nomination. Here's her story and the global movement it triggered.


5 Jan 2018

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PN 61: Jennifer Brea on “Unrest”

Pure Nonfiction: Inside Documentary Film

The Oscar Documentary Feature Short List of 15 films includes the underdog entry “Unrest” by first time director Jennifer Brea. Her film explores the disease commonly known as “chronic fatigue syndrome” – a name many patients resent as misleading. The official name is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or M.E. Jennifer contracted the disease in her late 20s just as she was about to be married to her husband Omar Wasow. Her film chronicles her struggles and highlights the overlooked population of other people who suffer from it. Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers interviewed Brea during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where the film had its premiere. It’s now playing on iTunes, Amazon and other platforms.On Twitter: @jenbrea @unrestfilm @thompowers @PureNonfictionUnrest website: www.unrest.filmPure Nonfiction is distributed by the TIFF podcast network.The post PN 61: Jennifer Brea on “Unrest” appeared first on Pure Nonfiction.


21 Dec 2017

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Unrest / Film School interview with Director Jennifer Brea

KUCI: Film School

Jennifer Brea is a Harvard PhD student soon to be engaged to the love of her life when she’s struck down by a mysterious fever that leaves her bedridden. She becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair, but doctors tell her it’s "all in her head." Unable to convey the seriousness and depth of her symptoms to her doctor, Jennifer begins a video diary on her iPhone that eventually becomes the feature documentary film Unrest.  Once Jennifer is diagnosed with myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome, she and her new husband, Omar, are left to grapple with how to live in the face of a lifelong illness. Refusing to accept the limitations of bedbound life, Jennifer goes on an inspiring virtual voyage around the world where she finds a hidden community of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME. These patients use the internet, Skype and Facebook to connect to each other — and to offer support and understanding. Many ME patients have experienced uncertainty, confusion and even disbelief from the medical community and society as a whole. After all, it’s easy to ignore a disease when patients are too sick to leave their homes. In Unrest, Jennifer shares her pain and the most intimate moments of her life in order to offer hope and visibility to those who suffer alone in dark, silent rooms. Though Jennifer and Omar may have to accept that they will never live the life they originally dreamed about, together they find resilience, strength, and meaning in their community and each other. Director, subject and activist Jennifer Brea joins us to talk about her journey, illness and her determination to make things better for people living with ME.For news and updates go to: unrest.filmHelp raise awareness and take action, go to: unrest.film/time-for-unrest

13 Oct 2017

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How To Fight An Invisible Illness - Jennifer Brea, "Unrest"

Inflection Point with Lauren Schiller

Jennifer Brea was an avid traveler, a Harvard PhD student and a Princeton grad. She was engaged to be married to the man she loved. Then one day she couldn't get out of bed with an illness that went undiagnosed for over a year. Until finally she started to meet other people--mostly women--who had the same problem: a misunderstood illness, generically described as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" or what used to be called "hysteria." To take control of her life--and to be taken seriously, she started to film herself, others like her and the few experts there are. Her film is called "Unrest." Inflection Point is brought to you by FreshBooks’ new cloud accounting software that makes it easy to invoice, track expenses and get paid online. Try it free for 30 days.


11 Oct 2017

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How to Get Your First Documentary Grant + Documentary Filmmaker, Jennifer Brea

The Documentary Life

Getting your first documentary grant can be akin to getting into your first documentary film festival. That is, it is often the first one that is the most difficult one to get. Getting that first grant can often be the keystone to making other grants happen. So what are the tricks to getting that first grant for your documentary film? Well, that’s exactly what we’ll tackle in episode #41. We’ve had a lot of feedback that you are looking for more information on writing treatments and applying for documentary film grants. This can serve as just the beginning. (As there will be much more coming!) Podcast ConversationIn our shared conversation with a doc industry guest, we’ll have a conversation with Jennifer Brea, the filmmaker behind Unrest, a documentary film that has taken the festival circuit and the medical community by storm. She is the star (if you will) of this deeply personal exploration of chronic illness and how through documentary filmmaking, she has been able to find some answers not only for herself, but for a global population that are all suffering from the condition known as ME/CFS. Unrest has its theatrical premiere on the day that we release this episode! Film Trailer Watch the trailer for Unrest:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvK5s9BNLzA&t=1s SubscribeApple | Spotify | Stitcher | Rate and ReviewIf you have found value in this podcast please leave a review so it can become more visible to others. Simply click the link and then click on the Ratings and Reviews tab to make your entry. Thank you for your support!

1hr 1min

22 Sep 2017

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Jennifer Brea - Canary In A Coal Mine

The Coffee Klatch Special Needs Radio

Producer/Director of Canary in a Coal Mine follows the lives of several remarkable people living with a Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a devastating disease. They are forced to leave careers they loved, abandon the dream of having children, or face the prospect of being locked away in their homes and bedrooms. Worse still, most doctors, and sometimes those closest to them, don't even believe they're really ill.Canary in a Coal Min


26 Oct 2013