When Harvard Ph.D. student Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden, she sets out on a virtual journey to document her story as she fights a disease that medicine forgot.

Director:

6 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Columbus (2017)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A Korean-born man finds himself stuck in Columbus, Indiana, where his architect father is in a coma. The man meets a young woman who wants to stay in Columbus with her mother, a recovering addict, instead of pursuing her own dreams.

Director: Kogonada
Stars: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey
Spettacolo (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Once upon a time there was a tiny hill town in Tuscany that found a remarkable way to confront their issues - they turned their lives into a play. "Spettacolo" is a portrait of this 50-... See full summary »

Directors: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
Stars: Andrea Cresti, Chiara Del Ciondolo, Gianna Fiore
Trophy (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This in-depth look into the powerhouse industries of big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation in the U.S. and Africa unravels the complex consequences of treating animals as commodities.

Directors: Christina Clusiau, Shaul Schwarz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A look within the walls of the New York Public Library.

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Step (2017)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

STEP documents the senior year of a girls' high-school step dance team against the background of inner-city Baltimore.

Director: Amanda Lipitz
Stars: Paula Dofat, Blessin Giraldo, Cori Grainger
The Party I (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.

Director: Sally Potter
Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones
Unrest I (2006)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A young pathology med student suspects that the spirit of a dead cadaver in the hospital morgue where she works is killing off all those who handle or desecrate the body.

Director: Jason Todd Ipson
Stars: Corri English, Scot Davis, Joshua Alba
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

An intimate documentary following acclaimed North Carolina band the Avett Brothers, as they create their 2016 hit album "True Sadness."

Directors: Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio
Stars: Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Jennifer Carpenter
Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a language dies, a unique vision of the world is lost forever.

Director: Ernesto Contreras
Stars: Fernando Álvarez Rebeil, José Manuel Poncelis, Eligio Meléndez
Santoalla (2016)
Documentary | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A Dutch couple, Martin and Margo Verfondern, move to a remote Spanish village of Santoalla to start a new life. There is conflict with the Spanish residents, resulting in the disappearance of Martin.

Directors: Andrew Becker, Daniel Mehrer
Stars: Margo Verfondern, Martin Verfondern, Manolo Rodríguez
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Herself
Omar Wasow ...
Himself
Jessica l e Taylor ...
Herself
Samuel Bearman ...
Himself
Ruby Taylor ...
Herself
Colin Taylor ...
Himself
Kate Taylor ...
Herself
Paul Cheney ...
Himself
Lee-Ray Denton ...
Herself
Casie Jackson ...
Herself
Darwin Jackson ...
Himself
Randy Denton ...
Himself
Jessica Harden ...
Herself
Annabel Jackson ...
Herself
Sawyer Jackson ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

When Harvard PhD student Jennifer Brea is struck down at 28 by a fever that leaves her bedridden, doctors tell her it's "all in her head." Determined to live, she turns her camera on herself and her community, a hidden world of millions confined to their homes and bedrooms by ME, commonly called chronic fatigue syndrome.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canary in a Coal Mine  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,607 (North America) (24 September 2017)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Snapshot
7 April 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am one of the millions missing, but one who is not bedridden, and I can still work, though at a much diminished capacity. Jennifer's attempt to describe her life and her illness is much needed. I was in tears as she described the difficulty of getting a diagnosis. When I got sick 25 years ago, it took me 6 years to be diagnosed. I was hoping that diagnosis was a little further along than it apparently is in the medical community. That was a major disappointment for me. I wish she had talked more about the cognitive issues. Yes, ME is physical, but the brain fog, the inability to concentrate or stay on task, the disorganization that came with the condition, the struggle to perform cognitive tasks that were once easy (reading maps, remembering how to get somewhere you should be able to, forgetting appointments, short-term memory problems, etc. etc), all add another layer to an otherwise debilitating condition. My accolades for Jennifer for the supernatural strength and commitment it required to put together a great snapshot of our shared nightmares.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page