Doctors today are liberally writing prescriptions for psychotropic drugs such as Adderall, Ambien, Zoloft, and Prozac (amongst many, many others). Often these drugs are combined in polypharmacy cocktails or are given out for unapproved or untested indications, leading to abuse, dangerous side effects and heavy dependence. In Off Label, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher (October Country) examine our runaway pharma-culture by weaving together the stories of drug testing subjects, Big Pharma representatives, and many others touched by the rampant use of pharmaceuticals. Together, they create a poetic, sometimes amusing and frequently heartbreaking emotional road trip through an overmedicated, misdiagnosed, and drug-addled America. (Dir. by Donal Mosher & Michael Palmieri; 2013, USA, 80 mins., Not Rated) Digital
Film Festivals: Tribeca, San Francisco, Hot Docs
About Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher
Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher collaborated to direct the acclaimed 2009 documentary feature October Country, which won a grand jury prize at Silverdocs and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Palmieri has directed music videos for Beck, The Strokes, and many others. Mosher is a widely exhibited photographer and writer.