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DOC TALK: THE PAIN OF OTHERS Screening and Q&A with filmmaker PENNY LANE

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DOC TALK: THE PAIN OF OTHERS Screening and Q&A with filmmaker PENNY LANE

“Defying any expectations and preconceived notions, Lane’s perfectly titled “body-horror doc” acts as a challenging and thought-provoking sociological study of one unusual YouTube community..” - Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

“I wanted to create a psychological space of unsettling encounter and extended empathetic negotiation between subject, author and audience. The form emerged from that desire.” - Penny Lane, Director

Penny Lane’s The Pain of Others is a found footage film about Morgellons, a mysterious illness whose sufferers say they have parasites under the skin, long colored fibers emerging from lesions, and a host of other bizarre symptoms which could be borrowed from a horror film.

Tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands, say they have it. But the mainstream medical community says Morgellons is not a disease at all, but a delusion propagated and reinforced by social media. “It’s all in your head,” they say.

Morgellons sufferers don’t understand what is happening to them; but whatever it is, it is very real. The Pain of Others is composed entirely of videos shared by a small group of “Morgies” who have turned to YouTube to prove they’re not crazy. These people document what’s going on with their bodies. They share their terror, anger and confusion. They discover community and a sort of healing in one another – even as their questionable beliefs are reinforced in a frightening echo chamber of misinformation and quack cures. Unsettling, funny and intimate, The Pain of Others is at once a body-horror documentary and a radical act of empathy.

NOTE: Also included in the program is Penny’s 2017 short film Normal Appearances, an unsettling supercut of the women of #BachelorNation watching themselves being watched.

Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012, Penny Lane has been making experimental nonfiction films since 2004. She has been awarded grants from Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, Chicken & Egg, Cinereach, TFI Documentary Fund, Jerome Foundation, LEF Foundation, Rooftop Films, Catapult Film Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, Experimental Television Center, IFP and the Puffin Foundation.

Her feature documentary NUTS! premiered at Sundance 2016 where it won a Special Jury Prize for Editing. After a successful theatrical run beginning at New York City’s legendary Film Forum, NUTS! was released by Amazon and is now in wide release. Her debut feature documentary, OUR NIXON, premiered at Rotterdam, went on to SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for “Best of the Festival” at Ann Arbor, and was selected as the Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films. OUR NIXON was picked up by CNN Films and is currently in wide distribution. Both films received numerous awards and critical acclaim.

She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Colgate University, where she lives in a very old house and shows movies in her barn. And yes, Penny Lane is her real name.

Please join us for this screening and Q&A, hosted and moderated by Amir Husak, Director of Documentary Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Media Studies.

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