MCS Film Being Screened Friday

by | Nov 11, 2023 | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT, Chemical Sensitivity News, POLICY/ACTIVISM | 1 comment

I am excited to announce that my short film ‘Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Environmental Illness‘ will be screened  at the Oral Histories of Environmental Illness event called Canary Knowledge: Chronic Fatigue, Chemical Sensitivities and the Limits of Medicine, presented by the CSW|Streisand Center.

RSVP to the symposium

View the program and schedule

When: Friday, November 17 – Saturday, November 18, 2023  My film be shown on Friday, November 17 between 3:00 to 3:45 PST during an art Interlude.

Where: Hershey Hall Salon (158), 612 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles, CA 90095 (Parking structure 2 is closest) (The in-person event is full)

Hybrid event. The event will be in-person and live-streamed on CSW|Streisand Center’s YouTube channel @UCLACSW. You can register or watch on the links below.

Watch the Friday, November 17 livestream.

Watch the Saturday, November 18 livestream.

With the surge in numbers of “unrecovered” from the Co-V2 pandemic, the public’s interest has turned to disability and caregiver activism, ongoing remissions protocols, and patient-led research networks established by those living with chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivity, tick-borne illnesses, and autoimmune conditions (e.g. HIV, lupus, Crohn’s). This conference bridges the immediate before and after of Co-V2’s effects on this growing population of the chronically ill, and often medically abandoned, to ask how they—like the proverbial canaries in the coal mine—have defined and laid the groundwork for disability justice, art, and activism.

This event is part of a three-year multi-campus research grant at the University of California focusing on “Abolition Medicine and Disability Justice: Mapping Inequity and Renewing the Social Project.”


Please avoid wearing scented products such as perfumes/colognes, scented lotions, clothing with strong detergent scents, etc. while attending this event as they can trigger serious health issues for those with fragrance allergies. We aim to maintain a welcoming and accessible environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Thank you for your consideration for all members of our community.

For more information please go to this link: It includes the links to the livestreams (day 1 and day 2).

You can access the livestream without registering. You can access it after the event as well.

I hope you can make it.

I would like to thank Scott Killingworth, Susie Molloy, Paul Smith and Dorene Daugherty for sharing their stories. 

I would like to thank Paul D. Turgeon for editing the short film 

Please share my FB link. Thank you!


  • Marie LeBlanc

    Marie LeBlanc is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist. Through photography, multimedia projection, short film, performance and wordsmithing she explores themes related to landscape, isolation, beauty, health and nature. Capturing faces, shapes, shadows and reflections with digital and on-camera effects, often superimposing her own reflection, she seeks to embrace the present moment and the ethereal world around her.

    Originally from Northern Manitoba, she lived in Winnipeg before recently relocating to Alberta. In the winter months, she travels to the U.S. desert in a cargo van adapted for safe housing to ease the symptoms of Environmental Illness (referred to as Environmental Sensitivities in Canada). Because the illness remains an unrecognizable and misunderstood diagnosis, her work intends to self-advocate and bring awareness to the related struggles faced by so many. LeBlanc’s most important awareness project to date, WHO says we need fresh air?! has travelled throughout Manitoba, to Edmonton, Jasper and Arizona. Quotes from individuals across the globe afflicted by Environmental Illness are projected onto buildings, structures, billboards, screens and monitors.

    LeBlanc holds a Bachelor of Arts in Human Geography and Sociology from the University of Manitoba. She has participated in the Making Our Mark II Printmaking Mentorship Program at Martha Street Studio, the Artist In Residency Program at Artbeat Studio and the Art Salon Program at Arts AccessAbility Network Manitoba (AANM). Her story and artwork have been featured in interviews and articles throughout Western Canada, in Quartzsite (Arizona) and with MCS Aware (UK). She was recently awarded Microgrants from Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art and AANM for the completion of Overdressed.

1 Comment

  1. Marie LeBlanc

    Thankyou so much for sharing the screening at UCLA

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