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The Pain of Others (with Penny Lane in person)


Please note: After purchasing/picking up your ticket at the Museum’s front desk, please go to The Zukor Theater at Kaufman Astoria Studios, 34-12 36 St (enter on 35 St, between 34 and 35 Ave). This theater is without handicap accessible ramps. 

This is presented as a double-feature alongside Fraud. A single ticket to either film

grants entry to both. 

With director Penny Lane in person
Dir. Penny Lane. 2018. 71 mins. Digital Projection. Entirely sourced from first-person YouTube videos, the latest mind-bender from award-winning documentarian Penny Lane is at once a body horror film and a radical act of empathy. Lane tunnels down the online rabbit hole of people suffering from Morgellons, a mysterious skin illness with bizarre symptoms from which tens of thousands claim to suffer, but which the mainstream medical community claims isn’t a real physical condition. The film focuses on the diaristic testimonies of three women who’ve sought explanations and support from a community of strangers. While the speculations and assertions they pass among themselves may vary in plausibility, the pain they’re experiencing seems frightfully real—and as subjective as suffering itself.

Preceded by: Normal Appearances (Dir. Penny Lane, 2018, 5 mins). Lane remixes footage from TV’s The Bachelor to focus on the ambiguous gestures of female contestants hyperconscious of our gaze. 

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online(Members may contact with questions regarding online reservations.)

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