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Parasites: A User's Guide

A film about ecology, healing, and worms.
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Parasites: A User's Guide (trailer)

Overview

Genre
Science, Adventure, Environment, and Human Interest
Synopsis

The word "parasite" comes with loads of vile connotations, but in nature, nothing is purely good or evil. In the 27-minute experimental documentary "Parasites: A User’s Guide," filmmaker Sharon Shattuck embarks on a journey to decode some of the most misunderstood creatures on earth.

The dramatic rise in autoimmune diseases, asthma, and allergies since the turn of the last century has confounded scientists, but some researchers think they have uncovered the key to controlling the skyrocketing rates: tiny parasitic worms called 'helminths.' Using a blend of handmade and digital animation and indie music, Sharon dives headlong into the controversial discourse surrounding 'helminthic therapy,' with help from scientific researchers, active patients and a renegade entrepreneur named Jasper Lawrence. Through the seeming oxymoron of the 'helpful parasite,' Sharon questions the nature of our relationship with parasites--and suggests a new paradigm for the future.

Stage
finished
Running time
27 minutes

Credits

  • Sharon Shattuck ... Director/Producer/Animation
  • Kelly Brickner ... Animation

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2009-2010
Locations
USA: Michigan, California, New York City, Boston

Distribution Details

Release year
2010
Festivals
Traverse City Film Festival, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, International Science Film Festival
Distribution
DVDs available for purchase online at the website
Language
English

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