This Might Hurt — Live Viewing w Q&A

January 17, 2021
7:00pm Eastern Time
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This screening and discussion of THIS MIGHT HURT will be geared towards clinicians in the field of chronic pain, but all are welcome!

Select RSVP to buy a ticket to the live screening and Q&A. This Might Hurt is an official selection of the Austin Film Festival. This screening will be the digital premiere. We will start promptly at 7 pm Eastern on January 17, followed by a 20 minute live Q&A, where the audience may contribute questions.


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6:30 pm Eastern (3:30 pm Pacific) — Doors Open, use this time to plug your computer into a monitor, set up speakers, use the restroom, get your popcorn.

Be prepared because at 7 pm, the show will start and you cannot pause or rewind—so come 15-30 minutes early so you don't miss the beginning of the movie.

7:00 pm Eastern (4:00 pm Pacific) — Screening of THIS MIGHT HURT Begins

8:40 pm Eastern (5:40 pm Pacific) — Q&A with Dr. Schubiner, Dr. Hanscom, Directors Kent Bassett and Marion Cunningham



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Video Descriptions

30 minute intro plus trailers (34 mins total)

This Might Hurt for Digital Premiere

81 minutes


  • Ava Eisenson

    Ava is a NYC-based actor and creator. She's been featured in the hit series "The Politician" and the film "Milkwater." She is currently working on an immersive experience called SecondBody.

  • Shuchi Talati

  • Moderator - Paula


  • Dr. Howard Schubiner

    Dr. Howard Schubiner has been treating chronic pain patients for nearly two decades. He is recognized as a leading researcher and physician in the field of pain medicine. He has authored more than 100 publications, including an NIH-funded study on fibromyalgia for the journal PAIN. He is on the board of the PPDA, which advances the diagnosis and treatment of stress-induced medical conditions. He is now working with neuroscientists at the University of Colorado at Boulder on a neuroimaging study for people with back pain.

  • Dr. David Hanscom

    Dr. David Hanscom is an orthopedic complex spinal deformity surgeon who was based in Seattle, Washington for over 32 years. He quit his surgical practice in 2019 to focus on teaching people how to break loose from the grip of chronic mental and physical pain – with and without surgery. His insights arose out of escaping from his own 15-year ordeal of suffering with severe chronic pain. As he began to share his approaches with his patients, a predictable sequence of learning evolved. It is reflected in his most recent effort, The DOC (Direct your Own Care) Journey. It is the self-directed action plan of his book, Back in Control: A Surgeon’s Roadmap Out of Chronic Pain.

  • Kent Bassett

    Kent Bassett (director, This Might Hurt) is an Emmy-nominated editor and filmmaker from Arizona. He’s edited a number of feature documentaries that have premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, AFI Docs, Doc NYC, and the PBS World Channel. Much of the drive to make This Might Hurt came from Kent’s own struggle with pain as a 22-year-old. His life turned upside-down with the onset of terrible, unexplained pain in his arms while an undergraduate at Swarthmore College. Unable to type or even turn a doorknob, he was forced to drop out of school. Although he saw several doctors and tried physical therapy, strength training, even opioids—the pain grew steadily worse. It wasn’t until he had an insight into the role of stress in triggering real physical pain that he was able to completely recover.

  • Marion Cunningham

    Marion Cunningham (director, This Might Hurt) is an Emmy-winning filmmaker who has produced series for Netflix, National Geographic, History, OWN, Discovery and A&E. Cunningham joined fellow Chapman University alum, Bassett, after meeting in NYC. She instantly connected with the story and after a multi-year journey, the two launched an Indiegogo campaign to procure finishing funds. Both are eager to share what they have learned in hopes of alleviating the suffering that has driven thousands into opioid addiction, as well as driving many taken off their painkillers to suicide.

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