by Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron, Eleventh Hour Films
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Out of My Head is a feature documentary film in the making. We are pursuing the history and mystery of Migraine, and its remarkable place in the human condition.
Migraine is a devastating but fascinating neurological condition with a compelling story to tell. Alice in Wonderland, Vincent Van Gogh, LSD and Elvis all figure into its colorful history.
Our film will take a look at the entertaining details, and the big questions too — like the source and management of illness, the economic cost of human disability, and the nature of pain and suffering — while shining a spotlight on the frontiers of neuroscience and the exploration of the brain.
Most importantly, you will hear courageous and wondrous stories directly from migraineurs.
Susanna is an award-winning filmmaker who has worked professionally for over thirty years making documentary and narrative shorts and features, and written and directed for television. Her films have shown on TV, in theaters, museums, and in numerous film festivals including Venice and Tokyo. She has worked with a range of film artists including Sidney Lumet, Ken Russell, Jonathan Demme, Harvey Keitel, and Andie MacDowell, to name a few.
Jacki has been producing and directing fim in documentary and hybrid forms for over thirty years. The Sundance Special Jury Prize, SXSW Best Documentary Film Award, and Guggenheim Fellowship are just a few of the honors she has received. Her work has appeared in festivals and been broadcast worldwide. Reviews have appeared in New York Times, Variety, Los Angeles Times, Boston Herald and Film Comment to name just a few major U.S. publications. Some prior films include Vietnam: The Secret Agent and Letters Not About Love.
Susanna and Jacki directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary feature 9/12: From Chaos to Community about the volunteer community at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks. This film was a Video Librarian Magazine Best Film of the Year, and is sold at the World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York City. Actor and former firefighter Steve Buscemi put it this way: "I am especially grateful to the filmmakers for capturing so poignantly and accurately the shared feelings of awe, camaraderie, loss and love that brought everyday people together in our city's greatest time of need."