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A new documentary film by Andy Abrahams Wilson

"Not since Michael Moore has a documentary caused such a stir across America." - Fox News

"The most important documentary to come out this year." -XM Radio

Opens in NYC on June 19 at the IFC Center

Opens in LA on June 26 at the Music Hall

Filmmaker Andy Abrahams Wilson (and Mandy Hughes, film subject) will be in NYC on June 19 - 21

Andy and film crew will be in Los Angeles on June 25-27;  the filmmaker is available for interviews

Open Eye Pictures and Shadow Distribution are proud to present the US theatrical release of UNDER OUR SKIN, a film by Andy
Abrahams Wilson.  Official Selection at 2008 Tribeca and Silverdocs film festivals, and winner of numerous "Best Documentary"
awards, UNDER OUR SKIN opens in NYC on June 19 at the IFC Center, and in LA on June 26 at the Laemmle Music Hall. Other
cities will follow.

A dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money,
UNDER OUR SKIN investigates the untold story of Lyme disease, an emerging
epidemic larger than AIDS, West Nile Virus, and avian and swine flu combined. The documentary provides a powerful and often
terrifying look not only at the science and politics of the disease, but also the personal stories of those whose lives have been
affected and nearly destroyed.   Each year thousands go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, told that their symptoms are “all in their
head.” From patients who once led active lives but now can barely walk, to a few brave doctors who risk their medical licenses to
treat them, the film uncovers a hidden world that will astound viewers. While exposing a broken medical research system, the film
also gives voice to those who believe that instead of a crisis, Lyme is simply a "disease du jour," over diagnosed and over treated,
and contributing to another crisis: the creation of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. With skill and cinematic beauty, the film brings
into focus a haunting picture of our health care system and a medical establishment all too willing to put profits ahead of patients.
A real-life summer horror film,
UNDER OUR SKIN is sure to get under yours.  
About the Filmmaker:

Andy Abrahams Wilson studied journalism and anthropology at Northwestern University and received an MA from USC in visual
anthropology and film. He is an Emmy-nominated producer and director of creative non-fiction films. Credits include the HBO
special and multi-award winning Bubbeh Lee & Me and the Sundance Channel broadcast Hope Is The Thing With Feathers. A
recipient of a Pew Charitable Trust Fellowship in Dance/Media, Wilson has produced several films on dance, including Positive
Motion (Best of Show, Dance on Camera Festival), Casualty (First Place, Planet Out Short Movie Awards) and Returning Home
(Grand Jury Award, Dance on Camera Festival). Wilson is past Budget Director of the film distribution cooperative New Day
Films, and  former member of  the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  He was recognized by the Northern California Marin
Arts Council as an Outstanding Artist, and by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences with honors for Outstanding
Documentary Achievement.   

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Press Kit and Photos are at:

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103 min.  35 mm.  in English.  USA

To request a screener for review/interview purposes, please contact Sasha Berman at Shotwell Media at 310-450-5571 or by email

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