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Lyme Film wins a “Wild and Scenic” award

Posted Jan 14 2009 6:55pm

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UNDER OUR SKIN won an Honorable Mention at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental film festival in the United States. Set in the wild-west town of Nevada City, CA, this festival honors films that inspire viewers to go out and make a difference in protecting our planet.

During the awards ceremony, the emcee recognized the relevance of UNDER OUR SKIN to the outdoorsy festival attendees, saying, “Though Wild and Scenic is primarily an environmental film festival, we felt that UNDER OUR SKIN was a fine example of how films can be used to educate and promote activism. It is a well-researched film that fairly presents both sides of an important health issue that effects us all.”

Also in attendance was Nevada City resident Jordan Fisher Smith, the author of “ Nature Noir.” In the film, Jordan provides insightful observations on the Lyme disease epidemic and its relationship to global warming, as viewers follow his battles with the disease and his health insurance company.

One festival attendee, Riki, sent in this review of the film: “I wanted to thank everyone who made this wonderful documentary film possible. I cried for the people who told their stories. I cried for myself. I have chronic lyme: I was bitten in 1988 when I was 38 years old. So I have experienced what they have, and I love all of you for telling our story and making more people aware that we are not crazy. Again, thank you to everyone who put this together.”

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