Michigan Headache Clinic in the Movies
We have been actively involved in the use of mass media to make the public more aware of headaches.
2011: "Lily's Mom" IMDB listing
Lily's Mom is a dramatic feature film created by Dr. Messina and staff, about the difficulties of a woman battling depression and crippling headaches. Although this is a fictional piece, it demonstrates the need for patients to become their own advocates. It was widely shown in film festivals in the 2011 season. The film won an award in the Dramatic Feature category and was Official Choice of the Indie Gathering International Film Festival in Cleveland. Other showings include the Saginaw Riverside Film Festival and East Lansing Film Festival. The film was nominated for the prestigious Voice Award in Hollywood.
For more information: click here for Lily's Mom the movie's website...
2008: "Mystery Diagnosis: The Headache That Wouldn't Go Away" IMDB listing
In this television program, Dr. Messina deals with a woman whose headaches were refractory and producing stroke-like changes in her brain. Although this program was initially aired in 2008, it is still being shown in the US and other English speaking countries.
2005: "Life and Migraine" IMDB listing
Our clinic, with the help of cast, crew and a talented Screen Actors Guild actor, produced this film in Lansing. The film is intended to increase awareness of migraine and to empower sufferers. It helps nonheadache people, like spouses and employers, to better understand what it is like to get such severe headaches. It is still available on DVD.