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About medicalization of our lives, "Off Label" now at film festivals

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Off Label http://offlabelfilm.com looks at pharma's influence on our lives; currently being shown at major film festivals.

 

Here's the description from the upcoming San Francisco International Film Festival http://festival.sffs.org/films/film_details.php?id=69

The Carter Family song “No Depression” ushers in Off Label, a powerful and unconventional coast-to-coast exploration of pharmaceuticals and American life. In keeping with their film’s title, directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher thoroughly investigate off-label use of medication, in the process revealing the tremendous influence psychiatric drugs in particular have on the greater population. Palmieri’s and Mosher’s 2009 debut feature, October Country, is an extraordinary work of family portraiture, and here they extend that quality to present a varied national family, often isolated individuals, but united by the film’s measuring of the impact of medication on their lives. Off Label’s chorus of voices includes the willing and unwilling subjects of drug tests, a former Big Pharma rep, a young Iraq war vet and a psychiatric patient. One of the most searing moments, a mother’s clear-eyed first-person account of the tragedy that befalls her son, is revelatory proof of what a bond between filmmaker and subject can yield. As in their earlier work, Palmieri and Mosher combine artistry and journalistic acumen in their visual style, effectively conveying years of experience or the atmosphere of a setting in a matter of moments.

 

—Johnny Ray Huston

Interview with the filmmakers here http://www.tribecafilm.com/news-features/Off_Label_Michael_Palmieri_Donal_Mosher.html#.T34hII4ftjO

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