In Kansas City, a loving grandfather is struck down by a debilitating illness with mysterious, environmental origins, and faces an agonizing decision: an uncertain, unhealthy future with his family or the lure of an isolated, “safe” community built for “sensitives” like him.  As his wife and daughter struggle to find a way to keep their family together, we meet others that have faced the same impossible choices: an aging mother and her two adult sons living in self-imposed quarantine deep in the Arizona desert, and an activist, in fragile recovery, who haunts the hallways and conference rooms of disability advocates to build support for a malady that no one seems to understand. The Sensitives is an intimate, verité film focused on families put to the test by ​an ​unknown illness.​

THE SENSITIVES is a fiscally sponsored project of the Austin Film Society. You can make a donation to this project using the form below. You will receive a letter acknowledging your gift to the Austin Film Society on behalf on the project. Since AFS is a non-profit organization, your donation may be deducted from your taxes as a charitable contribution under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

About the Filmmakers

Drew Xanthopoulos is a recipient of the Tribeca Film Institute’s Documentary Grant, twice of the Austin Film Society’s Grant, and IFP’s Documentary Spotlight for his forthcoming documentary, The Sensitives. His award-winning documentary short, Western Brothers’ Adventure Story, has screened internationally and is used by youth education programs such as The Young Storytellers Foundation in Los Angeles and the Vimeo Video School. In 2011, he was nominated for the American Society of Cinematographers’ Student Heritage Award. Drew regularly freelances as a documentary, narrative, and commercial cinematographer and his projects have premiered at the Sundance, SXSW, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and AFI Docs, among others. He’s been fortunate to have shot in Tibet, Taiwan, and throughout Europe and the United States. He’s most recently been the director of photography for Travis Mathews’ forthcoming feature Discreet, Kyle Henry’s Rogers Park and has contributed footage for Terrence Malick’s documentary, Voyage of Time.

David is an Emmy-winning documentary producer who calls Austin, TX home. Immediately out of film school, David produced and directed ALONG CAME KINKY: TEXAS JEWBOY FOR GOVERNOR, a feature documentary chronicling Kinky Friedman’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign that premiered at SXSW 2009. He is the producer of THE HAPPY POET, a feature comedy that had its international premiere at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. He was a producer of WHERE SOLDIERS COME FROM, nationally broadcast on PBS and winner of the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story. Most recently David was a producer of AMERICA’S PARKING LOT, a feature doc about Dallas Cowboys’ tailgaters set to air on ESPN in the coming year.

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