For the increasing number of people who are suffering from environmental illnesses, the modern world is full of unseen threats. Pesticides, perfumes, cell phones—any of these can send a “sensitive” into a debilitating downward spiral.
Stunningly cinematic, The Sensitives, documents three families struggling with these issues. Joe, too sick to care for himself, faces an impossible choice: an uncertain future with his ever-burdened family or the lure of a safe community built for sensitives like him, far away. Twin brothers Sam and Nathan live with their mother, Karen, inside a sterilized safe home they haven’t left in years but a tragedy causes upheaval and uprooting in their fragile existence. And Susie, who decamped from society for a remote desert homestead decades ago, has finally found relief but contemplates leaving to advocate for awareness, risking her own health.
Shot over three years, the film captures the hope and humanity that makes the marginalized undeniably relatable.
"[Xanthopoulos'] patient, impressionistic aesthetic makes him the kind of non-judgmental, anti-exploitative documentarian we need."
New York City, NY April 20-26, 2017 Tribeca Film Festival (World Premiere)
Iowa City, Iowa 7pm; June 28, 2017 Vino Verité
Missoula, Montana 7pm; Sept 6, 2017 Big Sky Film Series @ Missoula Community Theater
Camden, Maine 12:30pm; Sept 17, 2017 Camden Int'l Film Festival @ Camden Opera House
Newburyport, MA 4pm; Sept 17, 2017 Newburyport Documentary Film Festival
Chicago, Illinois 4pm; Sept 17, 2017 Facets Cinematheque
Kansas City, KS 7pm; Sept 28, 2017 Tivoli Theatre
Austin, Texas 6:30pm; Sept 29, 2017 AFS Cinema
Santa Fe, NM Oct 20-21, 2017 Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Berkeley, CA 7pm; Oct 24, 2017 Rialto Cinema Elmwood
Portland, OR 7pm; Nov 19, 2017 Clinton Street Theater
Dillon, Montana 1pm; Dec 2, 2017 Big Sky Cinemas
San Francisco, CA 7pm; December 4, 2017 The Roxie Theater
Drew Xanthopoulos, Director/DP
Drew Xanthopoulos is the director and cinematographer of the feature documentary, The Sensitives (World Premiere, Tribeca 2017) which was awarded a Special Jury Mention for the Cinematic Vision Award at the Camden International Film Festival. As a cinematographer, he’s most recently DP'ed Travis Mathews’ narrative feature Discreet (Berlinale, 2017), Kyle Henry’s Rogers Park (Chicago IFF, 2017) and has contributed footage to Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time. Drew freelances as a narrative, documentary, and commercial director/cinematographer whose projects have premiered at Sundance, SXSW, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and AFI Docs, among others.
David Hartstein, Producer
David Hartstein produced the feature comedy The Happy Poet (Venice International Film Festival). He was a producer of Where Soldiers Come From(SXSW), winner of the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story as well as the Truer Than Fiction Independent Spirit Award. In 2017 David will be premiering 4 feature films: The Sensitives, a Tribeca Film Institute Documentary Fund award winner (Tribeca Film Festival), Through the Repellent Fence (MoMA Doc Fortnight, SXSW), La Barracuda (SXSW, Venice Biennale College Cinema) and The Honor Farm (SXSW).
Andrea Meditch, Executive Producer
Andrea is an Emmy-winning creative and executive producer, whose films have won and been nominated for Oscars, and premiered at such major festivals as Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. In 2017, she is premiering The Cage Fighter in addition to The Sensitives. Previous films have included Dangerous Acts, Man On
Wire, BUCK, Encounters at the End of the World, Grizzly Man, In the Shadow of the Moon, The Killer Within, Doubletime and The Flight That Fought Back. She regularly conducts master classes on story development, creative producing, pitch training, and the basics of international financing and release strategies. Before starting her own company, Andrea held executive and creative positions at Discovery, including building the first iteration of Discovery Films. She also created a model for a new center for creative non-fiction storytelling at Michigan State
University. Andrea is a mentor for the Sundance Producer Labs, as well as an advisor to the Points North non-fiction storyteller retreat and the Hot Docs Forum and has served as a juror for numerous festivals, including Sundance, AFI Docs and Tribeca.
David Fabelo, Editor
David Fabelo's work as both a narrative and documentary editor has screened at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, SXSW and LAFF. Recent documentary credits include Sir Doug and the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove and Bright Shadow: A Film About Ana Egge. He was also associate editor on Margaret Brown's The Order Of Myths. Narrative credits include Slash, Good Night, and Fourplay. Additionally, he was post-production supervisor on Bryan Poyser's Love & Air Sex and Rick Alverson’s Entertainment. He has served as an assistant editing fellow at the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab, where he gained invaluable experience learning from the best documentary storytellers working today.
Hanan Townshend, Composer
Hanan Townshend is a New Zealand-born film composer based in Seattle, Washington. Townshend was a music licensee on Terrence Malick’s Palme d’Or winning film The Tree Of Life, where he received his first significant recognition. He has composed for numerous feature films, including Malick’s 2014 film To The Wonder and more recently, Knight Of Cups, starring Christian Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett and Imogen Poots. He has scored over a dozen large commercials for brands such as Apple, American Express, Nike and Google. He has also collaborated with producers such as Mike McCarthy and the legendary Daniel Lanois.
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