Science-Themed Films Raise Eyebrows

Two small films of possible interest for their subject matter:

Andrew Wakefield, a former doctor whose scientific fraud over vaccines and autism has caused a multitude of problems, is the subject of the film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.  He also directs the film, which is a ‘documentary’ on the well-discredited notion that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allegedly covered up a connection between vaccines and the rise in autism rates.

It was accepted for submission to the Tribeca Film Festival, which is when it attracted all kinds of attention from those who have fought Wakefield and his theories.  They pushed back on the Film Festival, and after initial resistance, the festival has removed the film from presentation.

Thanks to Matt Nisbet, I learned about an indie thriller that uses GMOs as the major plot mechanism.  Called Consumed, the film is co-written and co-produced by Zoe Lister-Jones and directed by Daryl Wein (who also co-wrote and co-produced the film).  Lister-Jones also stars in the film, as a single mother trying to figure out possible links between genetically modified organisms and her son’s mysterious ailment.  The film has been out since last June, and can be watched at various screenings as well as online.  Nisbet might have found out about the film because Lister-Jones (who is a lead on the CBS comedy Life In Pieces) had some press attention over the last few days.  While the film has several notable actors in it (including Danny Glover, Kunal Nayyar, Taylor Kinney and Victor Garber), it’s unclear whether a wide(r) release is in the future.

 

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