A FILM ON HOW STEM CELL RESEARCH IS CHANGING MEDICINE FROM TREATMENTS TO CURES
Extraordinary progress has been made recently in stem cell research, partly as a result of Proposition 71, the landmark California ballot initiative that raised 3 billion dollars for stem cell research. Medicine is moving from operations, radiation, chemotherapy, shots and pills, to using stem cells to treat diseases with far less negative impact on the patient and with the outcome being a cure rather than a lifetime of trying to manage the disease. This is an incredible moment in history when medicine is changing from treatment to cures, and we are very excited to be telling this story.
Medical Revolution in Progress will introduce a wide audience to the impact that these game changing treatments will have on families dealing with previously incurable diseases. The personal stories of scientists in the midst of this inspiring research, together with their patients who hope to benefit from these remarkable therapies, will show how through the innovative and forward thinking structure of CIRM, California’s noble experiment is helping to transform the future of medicine.
Since filming began we have interviewed, and followed the life and work of 24 scientists in the field of Stem Cell research. The research of these scientists spans from Retinitis Pigmentosa, HIV/AIDS, Macular Degeneration, Heart Tissue regeneration, Epilepsy, SCID, ALS, Spinal Cord Injury, Huntington’s Disease, Autism, Schizophrenia, Manic Depression, Leukemia Blood Disorders, Spina Bifida, Sickle Cell Disease, Immune Regeneration, Breast Cancer and other types of Cancer.
Our approach to documentary filmmaking is to tell the human story, following the scientists in their professional as well as personal life: in their labs, with their colleagues, at home with their spouses and children, at fundraisers, conferences and even tailgating at a football game. We’re also following the patients who are part of these groundbreaking clinical trials. We feel very fortunate that we have been given permission to film patients in several clinical trials including a Retinitis Pigmentosa clinical trial, a HIV/AIDS trial, a clinical trial for Macular Degeneration, a SCID trial, and a Heart Tissue Regeneration trial. And we plan to follow several more trials as the filming continues.
We will continue to work closely with these scientists and patients to make a powerful and personal documentary that will attract a wide and diverse audience. We have a lot more work to do and will be filming for another year. The film is being produced under the non-profit umbrella of the International Documentary Association, and it is being financed by tax deductible donations. You can donate by clicking on the button below.
Image courtesy of the Talbot lab at the University of California, Riverside.