Posted By Christopher Wyatt | TLB staff writer/documentary producer
Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe has been selected to be screened at the 15th annual Tribeca Film Festival and will screen on Sunday, April 24th as part of the Tribeca Talks: After the Movie selection!
The most vitriolic debate in medical history takes a dramatic turn when senior scientist turned whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson of the Centers for Disease Control, turns over secret documents, data, and internal emails confirming what millions of devastated parents and “discredited” doctors have long-suspected – vaccines do cause autism.
A look at the people behind the production of “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”
Andrew Wakefield, MB.BS., is an academic gastroenterologist who practiced medicine at the Royal Free in the U.K. publishing over 140 scientific papers. In 1995, he was contacted by parents of autistic children with stomach issues; he learned that these conditions often occurred immediately following an MMR vaccine. In pursuit of this possible link, Dr. Wakefield led an initial study of twelve children with both stomach and developmental issues. The report, published in The Lancet, would catapult Wakefield into becoming one of the most controversial figures in the history of medicine. Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Controversy is his second film.
Polly Tommey is the mother of Billy, an 18-year old boy with autism, is a book author, founding Editor-in-Chief of the world’s preeminent autism magazine The Autism File, and Autism Media Channel’s TV host and award-winning documentary film producer (Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis).
Dr. Brian S. Hooker, earned his doctorate in biochemical engineering from Washington State University. An associate professor at Simpson University in Redding, CA, he specializes in biology and chemistry. The father of a vaccine-injured child, Hooker is well known for his concerns regarding vaccine safety and the conflicts of interest within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [TLB editors note: Dr. Hooker is a Staff Adviser to The Liberty Beacon.]
Born in Paris, Philippe Diaz studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne. He produced the work of several 80s auteurs such as Juliet Berto, Tony Gatlif, Leos Carax, Robert Frank, and worked with actors including Gérard Depardieu, Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Hugh Grant, John Hurt, and Tom Waits in films that were selected at major festivals and won multiple awards. In 2003, Diaz created Cinema Libre Studio in Los Angeles, an indie studio focused on “message” films. His team has released nearly 200 and produced films with budgets from $100,000 to $40M. Diaz has also written screenplays and directed films which won top prizes in international festivals.
Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received a Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1985, all from MIT. For over three decades, her research interests have always been at the intersection of biology and computation: developing a computational model for the human auditory system, understanding human language so as to develop algorithms and systems for human computer interactions, as well as applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to gene predictions
Del Bigtree was an Emmy Award winning producer on the daytime talk show The Doctors for six years. With a background both as a filmmaker and an investigative medical journalist, he is best known for combining visually impactful imagery, raw emotional interviews and unbiased investigative research into stories that push the envelope of daytime television. When Bigtree began investigating the story of the CDC Whistleblower and the fraud perpetrated by the CDC he soon realized that he had stumbled upon a story of corruption and deception beyond any he had ever seen.
Atkinson is an Emmy award winning investigative journalist, host of the Sunday morning news program Full Measure and author of the New York Times bestseller: Stonewalled. She was a correspondent for CBS News from 1993-2014. Before joining CBS, Attkisson was an anchor and correspondent for CNN (1990-1993). From 1996-2001, in addition to her CBS News duties, Attkisson hosted a half-hour weekly medical news magazine on PBS entitled HealthWeek.
After the festival premiere, it is the intention of the producers that this film screen in theaters across the US. (before being available to purchase on DVD, digitally or in other countries)
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