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A documentary film about MIGRAINE - the complex neurological disease - and the consequences for millions living in its grip.
A documentary film about MIGRAINE - the complex neurological disease - and the consequences for millions living in its grip.
A documentary film about MIGRAINE - the complex neurological disease - and the consequences for millions living in its grip.
844 backers pledged $124,762 to help bring this project to life.

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If you are arriving on this page after our Kickstarter campaign has ended, please visit us at www.TheMigraineProject.com to make a donation, and for additional information and updates on Out Of My Head. OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE TO ALL OF YOU WHO JOINED OUR TEAM!

Read about us in the New York Times!  http://nyti.ms/10BbZs4

BACKSTORY

Migraine is a crippling neurological disease which afflicts over 300 million people worldwide. Those who suffer from migraine or, as with us, love someone who does, know that the condition can be devastating. Those who do not often dismiss it as "just a bad headache." For this reason, many people choose to suffer in silence and isolation. That's where we come in, and why we're making Out Of My Head, a feature documentary film about migraine.

  • One in five households in the United States is touched by migraine.
  • Three quarters of all migraineurs are women.
  • Migraine has been diagnosed in very young children, even infants.
  • Migraine is one of the most pervasive medical conditions ever to afflict humankind, yet medical schools spend only a few hours of instruction on headache.
  • There are currently only 416 headache specialists in the United States, which means about one doctor for every 90,000 patients!

Statistically, you probably know someone who has migraine (even if they haven't admitted it to you!) or you may suffer from it yourself. But even if you're one of the few people who has miraculously escaped contact with migraine, this film is still for you. Why? Because at its heart it's about pain and how we cope with it, and that's something to which we can all relate. 

    ABOUT THE FILM

    Out Of My Head, a production of The Migraine Project, is the first comprehensive feature documentary on migraine. We are investigating the history and mystery of migraine, and its remarkable place in the human condition. Our film illuminates many aspects of this confounding neurological disease, including medical research, personal stories, artistic expression, and spiritual experiences. 

    For example, did you know that LSD was originally synthesized as a treatment for migraine? Or that when Alice shrinks very small and grows very tall in Wonderland, she is exhibiting author Lewis Carroll's migraine symptoms?

Our film takes a look at such offbeat facts, 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. It shines a spotlight on the frontiers of neuroscience and the exploration of the brain. You hear migraineurs' courageous and wondrous stories, including their hallucinations, religious visions and artistic epiphanies; and meet neuroscientists, physicians, patients and others we've been privileged to interview, including:      

  • Dr. Rami Burstein, Director of Pain Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, whose cutting edge research on light sensitivity during Migraine is one of several areas he's exploring in the quest to understand the mechanisms of migraine.
  • Shiamak Davar, renowned Bollywood performer, whose migraines have influenced the gestures and imagery of his choreography.
  • Joan Didion, author, whose essay In Bed is about her own migraine experiences. (Joan has donated 10 autographed books as rewards for our Kickstarter, so pledge soon before they are all gone!)
  • The Jernigan Family, mom Billie who suffers stroke-like symptoms during migraine; dad David, an Iraq war vet whose migraines are a result of traumatic brain injury; and 15-year-old Morgan, whose migraines often land her in the ER.
  • Dr. Klaus Podoll, neuropsychiatrist and the world's leading expert on migraine art.
  • Lisa Sokolov, acclaimed jazz singer, who teaches voice work to actors based on a technique she developed to cope with her migraines.

Distribution planning is a vital part of our production process. In addition to reaching out to broadcasters in the USA and abroad, we are developing strategies for launch and promotion to film festivals, educational institutions, medical schools, clinics, hospitals and patient/advocacy organizations.

WHY THIS FILM IS IMPORTANT

We want to bring attention to migraine for two main reasons:

  • So that people who suffer from it may be better understood, not stigmatized.
  • To increase funding for research into developing treatments and finding a cure.
          Change will not happen until there is broad public understanding of the realities of migraine, its brute pain and life-altering consequences.
    Out Of My Head and The Migraine Project are in a unique position, through our partnerships with headache organizations, bloggers and activists worldwide, to reach a broad and comprehensive audience. Through them - through you - we will spread our message, raise awareness, and inspire action.

THE GOAL

We have been working on Out Of My Head for the past four years and are committed to getting our film out into the world. We are grateful for the support we have received from individuals and foundations including The Mayday Fund, the Migraine Research Foundation, the Garrett and Mary Moran Family Foundation, Wellspring Foundation, and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund. Through their generosity we have been able to shoot 75% of the film.

As with so many independent filmmakers, we have come to Kickstarter and the crowdfunding community to raise the funds needed to position ourselves to finish the film. Kickstarter allows people like you to participate in the making of creative projects, such as Out Of My Head. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing -- a project must reach its goal to receive any money. Our Kickstarter goal of $92,000 will help fund the following expenses:

  • Editor
  • Assistant Editor
  • Editing room/equipment
  • Follow-up Filming
  • Production crew and equipment rental
  • Archival and Music rights research

Your pledge, large or small, brings us closer to finishing the film. In return, along with our endless gratitude, you'll receive one of the rewards listed on the right side of this page. We are confident that with your support, we will meet or exceed our goal by November 23rd.  

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

Equally important, we hope you will join the Out Of My Head team as an ambassador, and help spread the word about our Kickstarter. Tell your friends, co-workers, family and anyone you think might be interested in our documentary. Visit our Facebook page and like, post and share updates and comments. Follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.

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THANKS FROM THE OUT OF MY HEAD TEAM

Special Kickstarter campaign support thanks:

Deborah Leigh aka Migraine Chick for ​the​ Out Of My Head collage​ image. migrainechickie.blogspot.com​                                             

Migraine Action in the UK for permission to use two migraine artworks in the trailer. migraine.org.uk                                                            

Stephanie Weaver aka Recipe Renovator for contributing her recipes. reciperenovator.com                                                                           

Music from "Family," which is in our Kickstarter trailer, is composed by Bill Frisell and published by Friz-Tone Music. It comes from Bill's Nonesuch recording titled "Nashville" and is used courtesy of the artist and label.

Risks and challenges

We are committed to making a powerful film, and know that there's a large worldwide audience ready to learn and help educate others about migraine. Our plan is to finish the film by Spring 2016.

Fully financing a feature documentary is challenging. As with all films, completion funding determines the actual release date. Kickstarter fulfillment dates related to the completed film will be adjusted accordingly. We promise to keep our supporters informed of our progress as we bring this film to fruition.

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  • For pledges of $500 or more, once we reach our goal you will be given the option of making your contribution tax-deductible, through the Human Arts Association, a 501(c)3 organization, and fiscal sponsor of Out of My Head. [www.humanarts.org]

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    Receive our sincerest gratitude for helping to make OUT OF MY HEAD a reality, and receive two downloadable migraine-friendly recipes from Stephanie Weaver, aka "Recipe Renovator."

    Estimated delivery: Jan 2015

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    OUT OF MY HEAD LIBRARY REWARD from authors who are in our film! Paperback edition of a PAUL AUSTER book of your choice (in print) signed personally to you or whomever you choose by the author, plus everything listed in the $100 reward category. Your book will be shipped by February 2015.

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    OUT OF MY HEAD LIBRARY REWARD from authors who are in our film! Paperback edition of SIRI HUSTVEDT's latest book "The Blazing World" signed personally to you or whomever you choose by the author, plus everything listed in the $100 reward category. Your book will be shipped by February 2015.

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    OUT OF MY HEAD LIBRARY REWARD from authors who are in our film! Paperback edition of ANDREW LEVY's "A Brain Wider Than the Sky: A Migraine Diary" signed personally to you or whomever you choose by the author, plus everything listed in the $100 reward category. Your book will be shipped by 2015.

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    OUT OF MY HEAD LIBRARY REWARD - SPECIAL - from authors who are in our film! A signed hardcover first edition of "The White Album" by Joan Didion, containing her famous migraine essay "In Bed," plus everything listed in the $100 reward category. Your book will be shipped by February 2015.

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