SUSAN ABOD – Director, Producer, Co-Writer, Narrator
Susan Abod is an award-winning filmmaker, professional singer, songwriter, and recording artist.
Her first film, Funny, You Don’t Look Sick: An Autobiography of an Illness (64 min), is an intimate portrait of her life after developing chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities in 1986. It premiered at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1995 and was a Merit Award winner at the 2005 SUPERFEST International Disability Film Festival. It has been screened internationally and can be found in doctor’s and lawyer’s offices, university and public libraries, medical classrooms, centers for independent living, support groups and in peoples’ homes all over the world.
Despite living with chronic illness, Susan released her first CD “In the Moment” in 2001. The 16- song CD of mainly original material, encompasses jazz, blues, and pop styles. The Boston Globe described the lyrics as “infused with an intimacy and zest for living”.
Since moving to Santa Fe in 2005, Susan has continued to write songs and perform professionally as her health allows. She was described as one of Santa Fe’s “hidden gems” by the Santa Fe Reporter magazine and was a featured singer in the 2009 and 2011 New Mexico Jazz Women Voices series in Albuquerque. In 2009, Susan also composed and released a 2-song CD, “Under Santa Fe Skies.”
BASIL SHADID – Producer
Basil was the Post-Coordinator on the Academy Award nominated documentary Iraq In Fragments. He has been working in film since 2003. Based in Seattle, Washington, Basil works internationally. Previous projects have taken him through Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America, and South America. He has also traveled thousands of miles on freight trains throughout the US. His Masters in Mental Health Counseling, background in popular education, yearning for adventure, and years of experience in production give him a unique perspective on story.
LAUREL GREENBERG – Camera
Laurel has 13 years of experience as a videographer and audio engineer for broadcast television (Fox-TV, NY), corporate television (Nynex, John Hancock, Digital) and produced the documentaries Ninety-Four Years and One Nursing Home Later, Nantucket: Portrait of an Island and Something Missing, an award winning music video. For more information, visit http://www.94years.com
ALEX PERRAULT – Editor
Alex Perrault is an Emmy-nominated editor who has worked in film, TV, and web for more than 15 years. His clients include National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, A&E, TLC, Food Network, Animal Planet, Microsoft, and the Gates Foundation. His work was nominated for a Golden Needle at the 2005 Seattle International Film Festival, and has shown at Hot Docs, Newport Beach Film Festival, Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival amongst others. He has also lectured on film and television at the University of Washington, American University, 911 Media Arts Center, and the Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival.
ANN McCAMPBELL – MCS Consultant, Writer
Ann McCampbell, MD has been a leading MCS advocate for over 20 years. She is Chair of the MCS Task Force of NM and a founding board member of the Chemical Sensitivity Foundation (www.chemicalsensitivityfoundation.org). She is the author of a popular introductory booklet on MCS and helped create an “Indoor Environmental Quality Project Report” for the U.S. Access Board. This report makes recommendations for increasing accessibility to public buildings for people with chemical and electromagnetic sensitivities (www.access-board.gov/research/ieq). Dr. McCampbell worked in the field of women’s health until she developed MCS in 1989. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM and works as an environmental health and chemical sensitivity consultant.
TRAILER POST PRODUCTION
Striped Cow Technology Group
DVD COVER GRAPHICS
PHOTO STILLS OF SUSAN
Susan Wilson © 1985
with permission from ‘The Dispossessed’
For the full list of film credits, download this PDF.