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Jennifer Brea is a filmmaker, writer, and data wrangler. After earning her AB in Politics from Princeton University, she became a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, studying political economy and statistics. Then, a sudden illness when she was 28 led to her becoming severely ill and bedridden with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) or ME/CFS. After experiencing many misdiagnoses, including psychiatric disorders, Jen’s research on-line both led her to discover that she had ME/CFS and connected her to a community of people across the world with ME/CFS. With Beth Mazur, she started #MEAction in 2015, a non-profit working to create a world that understands, supports, and cures all people with ME/CFS. #MEAction’s mission is to grow and mobilize a community of patients and allies to be strong and effective advocates for people with ME/CFS and related conditions. At the same time, Jen rediscovered her love of film. She turned to recording her life on her phone as a way to make sense of things and stay sane. Her initial video diary morphed into a full fledged documentary about ME/CFS.Throughout much of the production of the film, she was 99 percent bedridden, conducting interviews on Skype and directing remotely with my producers and crews around the world. Jen went on to become a Sundance Fellow. Her film Unrest premiered at Sundance, taking home an award. It is now at festivals throughout the world and will be shown on PBS in early 2018. Additionally, Jen’s TED Talk on the subject has reached 1 million views, has been translated into 20 different languages, and was featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour. Jen is now focused on using Unrest to bring desperately needed attention to ME/CFS.