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Off Label

Screenings

Mon, Apr 30

   6:30 / Kabuki
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Tue, May 1

   3:30 / Kabuki
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Wed, May 2

   9:00 / Kabuki
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Documentaries

USA, 2011, 80 min

CREDITS

dir
Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
prod
Anish Savjani, Vincent Savino
cam
Michael Palmieri
editor
Michael Palmieri
mus
Ted Savarese, Danny Grody
source
Film Science, 181 N. 11th Street, Suite 304, Brooklyn NY 11211. EMAIL: anish@filmscience.com


Ticket info: The following screenings of this film are "At Rush": Mon Apr 30 6:30

The Carter Family song “No Depression” ushers in Off Label, a powerful and unconventional coast-to-coast exploration of pharmaceuticals and American life. In keeping with their film’s title, directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher thoroughly investigate off-label use of medication, in the process revealing the tremendous influence psychiatric drugs in particular have on the greater population. Palmieri’s and Mosher’s 2009 debut feature, October Country, is an extraordinary work of family portraiture, and here they extend that quality to present a varied national family, often isolated individuals, but united by the film’s measuring of the impact of medication on their lives. Off Label’s chorus of voices includes the willing and unwilling subjects of drug tests, a former Big Pharma rep, a young Iraq war vet and a psychiatric patient. One of the most searing moments, a mother’s clear-eyed first-person account of the tragedy that befalls her son, is revelatory proof of what a bond between filmmaker and subject can yield. As in their earlier work, Palmieri and Mosher combine artistry and journalistic acumen in their visual style, effectively conveying years of experience or the atmosphere of a setting in a matter of moments.

—Johnny Ray Huston

GGA Documentary Feature Contender.



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Michael Palmieri

Michael Palmieri is a director, cinematographer and editor. His first documentary, October Country, codirected by Donal Mosher, won the Grand Jury Prize for best US documentary at Silverdocs. His film and video work includes collaborations with filmmakers and fine artists such as Christopher Doyle; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman; Adrian Paci; and Tauba Auerbach. He is an adjunct professor of film at California College of the Arts in San Francisco.


Donal Mosher

Donal Mosher is a photographer, writer and musician. His photo documentary work led to his first feature, October Country, codirected by Michael Palmieri. His fiction and nonfiction writings have appeared in Instant City, the Lambda Award-winning Portland Queer Anthology and other publications. He is a subject of Robert Arnold’s documentary Key of G (SFIFF 2007). Selections from his writing and photographic work can be found at ghostype.blogspot.com and donalmosher.com.