There are few things more frightening than having a child who is sick, who you don't know how to help and whose illness you don't understand. That's what Susanna Styron experienced when her daughter Emma's spells of blindness and vomiting began at the age of fourteen. Emma's eventual migraine diagnosis, rather than putting an end to the mystery and confusion, was just the beginning, as mother and daughter embarked on a years-long journey to discover the truth about living with migraine.
SUSANNA STYRON is a writer and a director. Her debut feature was Columbia Pictures’ Shadrach starring Harvey Keitel and Andie MacDowell. She recently wrote and directed the narrative short, House of Teeth. Other directing credits include Sidney Lumet’s TV series 100 Centre Street, for which she also wrote; and the web series All Downhill From Here starring Brooke Adams. Susanna has written several award-winning television movies; and written for the TV series Borgia. Her documentary, 9/12: From Chaos to Community, was also a collaboration with Jacki Ochs.
JACKI OCHS is a Producer/Director of documentary film. Her work includes Vietnam: The Secret Agent , Letters Not About Love and Jazz Summit. Among the awards she has received are New York Film Festival premiere, Sundance Special Jury Prize, SXSW Best Feature Documentary, American Film Festival Best New Director. Jacki executive produced Keith Beauchamp’s Emmy nominated Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, and Kristi Zea’s Everybody Knows…Elizabeth Murray. She is a two time MacDowell Colony and Guggenheim Fellow and Executive Director of Human Arts Association.
FRANCISCO BELLO is an OSCAR® and three time Emmy nominee. He shot and produced Salim Baba, a Best Short Documentary Oscar and Emmy Nominee. Francisco also produced and edited the award winning War Don Don, edited the Peabody winning Best Kept Secret, the Cine Golden Eagle winner Code of the West and was the Karen Schmeer Award recipient for Our Nixon. He co-directed Dreaming Against the World and co-wrote and edited The Reagan Show. Francisco is currently developing a true crime miniseries, 7 STORIES.
WENDY BLACKSTONE has created over 130 film scores. Of nine films nominated, four have won Academy Awards. EP Steven Spielberg said “Wendy’s music took the show from a 3 to a 9” for the OSCAR® winning short Dear Diary. Her feature work includes Juan Campanella’s Love Walked In; Nick Gomez’s New Jersey Drive; and Susan Seidelman’s The Dutch Master. Wendy has scored five primetime television series. Her recent documentary scores include HBO’s Girl in the River, Showtime’s American Jihad, and HBO’s Paradise Lost 3.
MAYA EDELMAN, born in Kiev USSR, studied animation in New York City. Her work focuses on expressing complex characters through cell animation and illustrations. She wrote and created a credit sequence for the feature film Collective: Unconcious which premiered at SXSW. Her illustrations were featured in the Liminality exhibition at Gowanus Print Lab in 2015. Her books, exhibited at Brooklyn Zine Festival (2014,2015) include Quitting and Boobs, Pubes and Cukes. She is developing a short film titled Neoteny comprised of animation and phone footage.
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SUSAN BEAIRD, DNP, CPNP
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN
DAVID BORSOOK, MD, PHD
Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for Pain and the Brain, Boston Children's and Massachusetts General Hospitals
Director, Save the Childs Brain, Boston Children's Hospital
RAMI BURSTEIN, PHD
John Hedley-Whyte Professor of Anesthesia and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chairman of Research, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
ANDREW CHARLES, MD
Professor of Neurology
Meyer and Renee Luskin Chair in Migraine and Headache Studies
Director, UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
DAVID DODICK, MD FRCP (C), FACP, FAHS, FAAN
Professor of Neurology, Director of Headache Program, Mayo Clinic of Medicine, Scottsdale, AZ
Chair, American Migraine Foundation
Chairman, International Headache Society
PETER GOADSBY, MD, PHD, FAHS
Professor of Neurology, King's College, London
JOANNA KEMPNER, PHD
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
LORI LAZDOWSKY, RN, BSN, CPN
Reiki Master, Nursing Clinical Coordinator, Boston Children's Hospital
ALYSSA LEBEL, MD
Assistant in Neurology, Assistant in Pain Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital
Director, Chronic Headache Program, Boston Children's Hospital
RICHARD LIPTON, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Neurology, Co-Director of the Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
ELIZABETH LODER, MD, MPH, FAHS
Chief, Division of Headache and Pain Department of Neurology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
KLAUS PODOLL, MD
Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen, Germany
ALLAN PURDY, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FAHS
Professor of Neurology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
President, American Headache Society
ROBERT SHAPIRO, MD, PHD
Professor of Neurological Sciences Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
LAURA SIMONS, PHD
Director, Biobehavioral Pediatric Pain Lab, Stanford U Medical School