NYWIFT screening series - Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale
|Still from Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale|
NYWIFT's Member Screening Series provides members with the opportunity to show their work in a theatrical setting. Screenings take place at Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue @ 2nd Street. There will be a Q&A following the screening, and an after-party with cash bar and complimentary food at Dempsey's Pub, 61 2nd Avenue, between 3rd and 4th Streets.
Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale
What if your life-saving medicine contained deadly viruses – and the drug manufacturers, the government, and your own doctors knew but failed to warn you?
Through the eyes of survivors and family members, Bad Blood chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses from the 1960s through the early 1990s, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.
About the Filmmaker:
Marilyn Ness is a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. She founded Necessary Films in 2005, directing short films for non-profits and developing documentaries including Bad Blood and Genome: The Future Is Now. Prior to that, Ness spent four years as a producer for director Ric Burns, collaborating on four award-winning PBS films: Ansel Adams; The Center of the World; Andy Warhol; and Eugene O’Neill. Ness’s other credits include films for TLC, Court TV, and National Geographic, as well as films for the PBS series American Experience and the theatrical feature The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.
After years of producing films for high-profile, big-budget companies and less well-known, smaller budget productions, Marilyn opened her own production company, Necessary Films, in 2005. Necessary Films accepts commissions from non-profits, foundations, and educational institutions and develops original programming for television and theatrical release including Bad Blood and Genome: The Future Is Now (currently in production).
Necessary Films’ debut production, Changing Lives, explores the journey of two teens using writing to rise above the stigma of growing up in foster care. (Produced for Youth Communication.) Finding the delicate balance between protecting our national security and protecting our civil liberties in the midst of the war on terror is at the heart of Stop the Abuse of Power (produced for the ACLU). Shortly after we completed Setting the Stage, a fundraising film for the Kaufman Center, a non-profit music and theater arts community organization in New York City. The Holleys: An American History offers a rare look at five generations of Americans – from the earliest days of the American Revolution through the Steel Age in America – and the impact one family can have on the growth of a nation. She has been commissioned to complete a 50th Anniversary film for the World Federation of Hemophilia in 2012.
NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by public funds from
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council,
the New York Council on the Arts
and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Feb. 21, 2012