A Documentary About Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Homesick: Living with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
A new documentary about an emerging disability
Filmmaker Susan Abod started making Homesick in 1997. This 56-minute documentary follows her literal journey with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities, as she goes on a road trip to find others who are coping with this disability and to discover if and how they have created safe housing.
From 1997 to 2013, Susan pushed to finish the film and connect with the disability community. Her goal is to let other’s know that they’re not alone. “Before I got sick, I was singing professionally in clubs and concerts and teaching music. Now, MCS controls where I live, what I eat, what I wear, where I go, what I buy (or, more often, what I do not buy), even whom I hug.”
Released in 2013, this increasingly relevant documentary provides a story that is needed now more than ever. Homesick documents the physical and emotional experiences of people with MCS through personal portraits, bringing a human face to an often-unseen population. This serves to lessen their isolation and increase their acceptance in their communities and even in their own families, where they are often misunderstood or disbelieved.
Susan created Homesick to reach others with this condition. When it became available in September 2013, professionals also wanted the film for educational and institutional support.
“[Homesick is] a must see film for those of us in the MCS community who have felt invalidated, disenfranchised and looked at askance,” says Eileen Gross, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “[It is] an invaluable tool for professionals and the general public willing to listen and learn about the daily struggle of living with this illness.”
Homesick: Living With Multiple Chemical Sensitivities is now available to individuals, institutions, libraries, universities, and non-profit organizations. When asked about the film, Poet and Author Aurora Levins Morales responded, “It’s going to save lives.”
In order to reach more people, the team behind Homesick are offering an affiliate program for introductions that lead to paid screenings or institutional or organizational sales. Individuals who have personal connections to libraries, universities, theaters, or organizations that might be interested in screening or purchasing the film, are being encouraged to contact Homesick’s producer.
Affiliates will be asked to make a personal introduction via email. The Homesick team will take it from there to see if there is any interest in a purchase or a screening. If there is, and a fee is made, the affiliate will receive $35 or 15% (whichever amount is higher) of this fee when the fee is paid out.
Three examples include:
1. A university library that wants to purchase the film.
2. A disability organization or a student group that will organize a film screening.
3. A small theater that is willing to screen the film for a percentage of the ticket sales.
Interested affiliates are encouraged to contact producer Basil Shadid at email@example.com.
Visit the Homesick website to watch a 2-minute trailer and learn more:
Homesick is now available on DVD and VOD. You can rent or buy the film online at the following links:
Bulk discounts are available for purchasing 5, 10, 20 and more DVDs. Please email us to inquire about these discounts.
Susan Abod will be a guest speaker for MCS Friends on Sunday, Nov. 17th, 2013
at 2pm. For more information, visit www.mcsfriends.org.
MCS Friends is a Michigan-based non-profit.
Smiling after the first public screening of Homesick at Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living … Went off without a hitch and there were tears and laughter in the audience. I was very moved when they stood up to applaud after the film. The Q & A was infused with questions of how to organize, support and do some activism as MCSers in Santa Fe. Very cool!
The DVDs are being sent to me as I write this! They’ll be available for the first time at Saturday’s Screening of Homesick at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living at 2PM. They will be available to purchase online soon, soon, maybe 10 more days….tech-stuff takes longer than we thought.. I’ll let you know as soon as I do when you can order the DVDs online! Thanks for your patience
Director Susan Abod was interviewed on Santa Fe’s KSFR 101.1 FM, Friday Oct 4th. You can listen to the interview on this link:
The Homesick Movie Trailer is here! Check it out. Please share it.
We’re excited to announce that Homesick is complete. It will be released on September 15, 2013 to the public. Check back here for more information.
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Announcing an opportunity to be included in a documentary video about MCS and housing entitled, Homesick
The film is almost done, but we’re looking for pictures of MCSers and where they live to create a collage showing there are lots of us out there around the world.
If you are interested, please send a photo of yourself where you live. It could be a room that you consider your “safest” place, a picture of your whole house, or your neighborhood or surrounding area. It may look “normal” or it may have been foiled or fixed up showing what it took to make to make it safe for you. If you live in a car, trailer, or tent, send a picture of that. We hope to include people with all levels of health and show a wide variety of living situations, whether the situation is working for you, or not.
You can email the picture as JPEG, PDF, or TIFF file to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your city, state, and country. You can also send your picture through the mail to: Homesick: Pictures, c/o Susan Abod, 11 Balsa Court, Santa Fe, NM 87508. Note that sending your picture grants permission for its use in the film.
If you have any questions you can email us at: email@example.com. Please feel free to forward this to other MCSers that you may know of anywhere on the globe who might like to participate!
Thank you and all the best,
Susan Abod & Basil Shadid