The Sensitives

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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.


2017/18 Screenings


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

Thessaloniki, Greece  March 2nd-11th, 2018       Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival


Our Team

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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), Mike Mayer's doc series The Mortified Guide (Sundance, 2018), Dana Shapiro's feature doc Daughters of the Sexual Revolution (SXSW, 2018) and has contributed footage to Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time

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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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