|A film about life with M.E., the most prevalent and devastating disease your doctor has never heard of|
Canary in a Coal Mine is a documentary being funded by Kickstarter to raise awareness of chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) – a severe debilitating illness affecting millions of people worldwide.
In just 10 days they have raised over $100,000 – half of their production budget. The original pledge launched on October 22nd was for only $50,000 which was surpassed in just a few days. There are 18 more days to Kickstart this project, so please keep sharing and backing.
My own journey with CFS/ME started four years ago, and since then I have struggled with invisibility and misunderstanding. This documentary proposal immediately caught my attention and received my backing. Filmmaker and director Jennifer Brea is a fellow sufferer and I see aspects of myself reflected in her strength and determination. It’s inspiring to see so many people coming forward to raise awareness and share their stories.
From the onset of the Kickstarter campaign Canary in a Coal Mine has received outstanding support and coverage. This isn’t just a documentary, it’s becoming a community for people who often struggle to find their voice.
The goal is now to raise the entire film budget through Kickstarter and to be the documentary film with the greatest number of backers. That’s $200,000 from 6509 backers by November 22nd.
Canary in a Coal Mine has the potential to change the lives of countless people, bringing to light those who live in the shadows. They ask; What does this illness signify about the world we live in and what do we all risk by ignoring the voices of the sick?