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Unrest is a documentary film about ME/CFS that premiered in January 2017 at the Sundance Film Festival. Jennifer Brea, a patient, directed filming from her sickbed using video conferencing tools.[1][2]. The film was primarily funded through a Kickstarter campaign which raised $212,962.[3]

The film's previous working title was 'Canary in a Coal Mine'.

'Unrest' premiered in competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, in the US Documentary category. Brea won the category U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Editing.[4][5]

PBS acquired the US broadcast rights for 'Unrest' and will be shown on Independent Lens the first quarter of 2018.[6]

Awards and fellowships[edit]

  • 2013 Paley Center DocPitch
  • 2014 Sundance DFP Grant
  • 2014 Chicken & Egg Grant
  • 2014 Harnisch Foundation Grant
  • 2015 Sundance DFP Fellowship
  • 2015 Good Pitch New York
  • 2015 IFP Spotlight on Documentaries
  • 2016 Fledgling Fund Audience Engagement Fellowship
  • 2016 IFP Documentary Lab
  • 2016 Tribeca Film Institute Network Market
  • 2016 Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket and Alternate Realities
  • 2016 Firelight Media Lab
  • 2016 Sundance Edit & Story Lab
  • 2017 Sundance Film Festival US Documentary Competition

Notable people[edit]

  • Jennifer Brea (Director/Producer, screenwriter)
  • Deborah Hoffmann (Executive Producer & Creative Advisor)
  • Lindsey Dryden (Producer)
  • Patricia Gillespie (Producer)
  • Alysa Nahmias (Co-Producer)
  • Kim Roberts (Editor and screenwriter)
  • Emiliano Battista (Editor)
  • Sam Heesen, Christian Laursen (Director of photography)
  • Bear McCreary (Composer)

A list of all those involved in the film has been published.[7]


Online presence[edit]

Learn more[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. Canary in a Coal Mine Team
  2. Illuminating an illness without end: Fellows Friday with Jennifer Brea
  3. Canary in a Coal Mine Kickstarter
  4. Competitions and next films announced for 2017 festival
  5. 2017 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
  6. PBS Buys Sundance Medical Mystery Documentary ‘Unrest’ - Indie Wire By: Graham Winfrey
  7. Unrest Team

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