THIS MIGHT HURT is a feature-length documentary that explores the chronic pain epidemic by following a group of patients as they attempt a last resort treatment called mind-body medicine. The old adage, "It's all in your head," often used to dismiss the pain, takes on a whole new meaning as the patients undergo this program that addresses the symptoms that have complex mind-body dynamics.
Kent Bassett tells stories about people who struggle against overwhelming odds. The last film he directed, Beyond Limits (narrated by Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan), is about a man with cerebral palsy who climbs Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro. Kent’s narrative short film The Line is about a migrant father and son who run out of water while crossing the desert border and seek help at the ranch house of a gun-wielding Minuteman. The Line won the ASC Heritage award and the Brooklyn Film Festival’s Spirit Award. He is also an Emmy-nominated editor for television, having worked on a wide variety of unscripted TV series, from “Top Chef” to “The Real L Word.”
Marion Cunningham was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and she has always been drawn to stories that make an impact. As a producer for Discovery Channel’s “Storm Chasers,” she risked her life filming meteorologists as they took measurements in the path of deadly tornadoes with the hopes of warning the residents of tornado alley. She’s worked for Alex Gibney, Oscar-winning documentary director, and as a member of the Producer's Guild of America, she was selected be a mentee of Emmy Award winning producer/director, Bob Frye. She has produced series for National Geographic, Al Jazeera America, Fusion, Animal Planet, TLC, and A&E.