SOURCE: Open Eye Pictures

Open Eye Pictures

July 07, 2010 12:23 ET

Acclaimed Documentary Feature "Under Our Skin" Breaks 20,000 Mark for Number of DVDs Sold at Film's Website

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - July 7, 2010) -  With virtually no advertising, Andy Abrahams Wilson's acclaimed feature documentary "Under Our Skin" has sold more than a record 20,000 DVDs from the film's website (www.underourskin.com).

A sleeper hit, "Under Our Skin" is a real-life thriller that exposes the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease and reveals how our corrupted medical system is failing to address one of the most serious illnesses of our time.

"This is the most important film I've ever made because it is literally saving lives," said Wilson. "Not only is the film shining light on medical malfeasance and Lyme disease, but it's offering hope to millions of people who have been told that their chronic symptoms are incurable or all in their head. DVDs are selling fast because 'Under Our Skin' is the first film to take on these hot-button issues."

Almost unanimously praised by critics, "Under Our Skin" was embraced by moviegoers as a grass roots campaign resulted in hundreds of community screenings being set up by fans nationwide. During the film's successful publicity campaign, thousands learned about the hidden epidemic of Lyme disease and articles appeared in dozens of prestigious publications including Vanity Fair, People Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and many others. A 2010 Oscar semifinalist, the film was also selected for awards season Hollywood screenings by Variety and TheWrap.com. At film festivals, the movie received seven "Best Documentary" awards, two "Audience Favorite" awards, and top honors from medical and film organizations. 

Founder of Open Eye Pictures, Andy Abrahams Wilson is a multi-award winning producer and director of creative non-fiction films. Past productions include the PBS broadcast "The Caregivers," the HBO special "Bubbeh Lee & Me," and "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers," broadcast on the Sundance Channel. Professional honors include a Pew Charitable Trust fellowship, Outstanding Documentary Achievement by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and Artist of the Year by the Northern California Marin Arts Council. 

Wilson and Open Eye Pictures' next film is tentatively-titled "Forget Me Not" and tells the story of the AIDS Memorial Grove in San Francisco, a little known national memorial commemorating the 600,000 Americans who died of AIDS, more than in WWII and the Vietnam War combined.

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