THE sacred disease

A Film by Erica Scoggins


Angie lives with her mom and struggles to manage a heavy dosage of medication for a neurological disorder. Reeling from the death of her brother and oppressed by the very medication meant to cure her, Angie yearns for the strange, otherworldly seizures that at once haunted her and made her feel alive. Nicole, a mysterious and reckless woman, convinces Angie to toss the pills and accompany her to an old mansion in the deep woods of East Tennessee. On the outskirts of her town, Angie finds other people like her. Angie endures a nightmarish limbo, finally breaking through to the sublime and ecstatic moment that gives this disease its sacred name.


  • Picture of Erica Scoggins © Erica Scoggins

    Erica Scoggins

    Erica Scoggins’ narrative films and visual art examine moments of unreality brought on by adrenaline, desire, disease, and trauma. The Sacred Disease depicts Temporal Lobe Epilepsy as a means to slip through cracks in the fabric of the world. Her ongoing paper-based series, “Evil Women,” presents gaunt and delinquent ladies as they navigate a world that simultaneously desires and demonizes them. This theme fed her most recent film, The Boogeywoman, currently in post-produciton. The Boogeywoman is a coming of age story about the wonders and horrors of becoming a woman.

    Born and raised in East Tennessee, Erica Scoggins studied fine art and writing at Belmont University in Nashville before getting her MFA in film directing at California Institute of the Arts. As a postgraduate teaching fellow at Calarts, she taught a hybrid theory/practice course on ineffable moments and unexplainable phenomena in cinema. She currently teaches Art at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.

Awards + Festivals

  • 54th VIENNALE – VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILMFESTIVAL (European Premiere, Vienna, Austria)October 20, 2016
  • 48th NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (Southeastern Premiere, Nashville, TN, USA)April 20, 2017
  • 1st CUMP FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)June 13, 2017
  • 11th THESS INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Thessaloniki, Greece)September 25, 2017
  • 2nd FICIT - FESTIVAL DE CINE INDEPENDENT DE TRUJILLO (Official Selection, Peru)September 28, 2017
  • 11th BUFFALO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Buffalo, NY, USA)October 6, 2017
  • 28th NEW ORLEANS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New Orleans, Louisana, USA)October 11, 2017
  • 1st SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Argentina)November 9, 2017
  • FOUR SEASONS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)February 3, 2018
  • 40th CLERMONT-FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Lab Competition, Clermont-Ferrand, France)February 3, 2018
    3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)March 1, 2018
  • 8th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 11, 2018
  • 6th FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longmont, CO, USA)April 27, 2018


Erica Scoggins
Director of Photography
Albrecht von Grünhagen
Costume Design
Becky Covington
Matthew Freer
Erica Scoggins
Sound Design
Erica Scoggins
Sara Sinclair Gomez/Erica Scoggins


Running Time
28.43 mins
Shooting Format
RED epic
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Dolby 5.1 surround



Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068


Calarts - California Institute of the Arts
Deborah LaVine
Chair of Film Directing Program
24700 McBean Pkwy,
Valencia, CA 91355, USA