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Feature Migraine Documentary in the Works

From the New York Times to Indiewire to Kickstarter, migraine has gotten a lot of attention in the last couple weeks! It’s all thanks to “Out of My Head,” a feature documentary on migraine from The Migraine Project, which is currently running a Kickstarter campaign. Although the documentary isn’t quite ready yet (the Kickstarter is to raise the funding to complete it), it promises to be an excellent film that will raise a lot of awareness about migraine. This short video gives you a sneak peek and explains what the project is all about:

Producer Jacki Ochs and director Susanna Styron told me that their greatest hopes for the film are “to create a broad understanding of migraine, and hope that in that way it can alleviate some of the misunderstanding, isolation and stigma experienced by sufferers. We also hope to inspire greater funding for medical research and developing treatments, which is badly needed.”

Their response to my question about what has surprised them while working on this project reads like wish list for migraine advocacy: “First of all in setting out to make this film we were most surprised by how many people actually suffer from migraine and never talk about it. It has become a theme of the film, how closeted and stigmatized the condition seems to be, and why. We were surprised to discover how individualized the symptoms are, as well as responses to treatment. And also, we’ve been fascinated by the varied coping mechanisms people come up with to manage the pain and fear.”

As award-winning professional filmmakers, Jacki and Susanna are creating a high-quality film that includes interviews with top migraine experts, touching stories of people who live with migraine (including celebrities), and tons of facts and information about migraine, research and the need for research funding. Even better, they understand what’s required to distribute the film as widely as possible and are developing strategies to reach as large of an audience as possible.

“Out of My Head” is slated to be completed in spring 2016. It’s garnering attention now because of the Kickstarter campaign, which reached its funding goal of $92,000 in just two weeks. Although they’ve reached their goal, the campaign runs through Sunday, November 23. Additional donations will help get the film finished – and distributed – sooner. Also, the number of backers, no matter how small their donations are, sends a message about the importance of migraine.

Even $1 donations speak loudly. If you’re able to donate even $1, please do – and help show how much migraine matters. Donating is quick and easy and you can pay through your Amazon account. (The Migraine Project is not a non-profit; donations are not tax deductible.)

“Out of My Head” promises to be an incredible film that will raise much awareness about what migraine is really like.

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  • mhesssmith
    5 years ago

    Do you have a link to the Kickstarter page to donate?

  • Janene
    5 years ago

    I found it here:

    Looks like they are kicking it! Hooray!

  • Anna Eidt
    5 years ago

    Agreed. This is such good news. It seems like the makers are aiming to cover a lot, with accuracy and compassion. I can’t wait.

    I wrote about how it gave me “a new kind of hope”

    Here’s to growing awareness and advocacy!

  • Katie M. Golden moderator
    5 years ago

    I’m so excited for this!

  • Lisa Robin Benson moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Kerrie,

    Thanks for the update on the progress of this film, I have been following it for a few years now and am anxious for it to come out!


  • Luna
    5 years ago

    This should be a great film for helping to educate the public. Hope it will be widely available for viewing.
    They kept saying “get migraine”. Is that what we do? I’d really like to figure out where I “got” mine and return it. For some reason thought I “have” migraine. I’m probably just being picky today. Oh well. Am looking forward to when this is finished and before the multitudes.

  • Lisa Robin Benson moderator
    5 years ago

    Hi Luna,

    I think at the same time we both “have” migraines, “get” migraines, “trigger” migraines, “live with” migraines etc. The language surrounding migraine can be awkward at times perhaps because of our ever-changing understanding of it. But at least we all agree we want them gone! 😉


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