Vaxxed having been reluctantly censored out of Tribeca by Robert de Niro it will be festival premiered today Sunday April 24 ar 2pm-4.30pm at the Manhattan Film Festival Player’s Theater, 115 Macdougal Street just off Washington Square and Sixth Avenue below West 3rd, next to Cafe Wha and Comedy Cellar.
An Autism Media Channel Film
Directed by Andrew Wakefield & Produced by Del Bigtree
The film calls for the following:
1 – That Congress subpoena Dr. William Thompson and investigate the CDC fraud.
2 – That Congress repeal the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine injury Act and hold manufacturers liable for injury caused by their vaccines.
3 – That the single measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine be made available immediately.
4 – That all vaccines be classified as pharmaceutical drugs and tested accordingly.
We will be providing the community information on how best to achieve these goals in the coming weeks.
Synopsis – In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism.
The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC.
Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Wakefield directs this documentary examining the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens.
Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.
The full panel assembled for Tribeca
The same key sources rounded up for the Tribeca Festival will form a panel after the show in the small screen area in front of the 299 seats in this cosy cinema in a three window wide, three floor brownstone, including Andrew Wakefield the much maligned but heroically unbowed researcher who first raised the alarm about MMR and autism in a BMJ paper about MMR and infant gut problems, when autism showed up in 8 out of 12 affected children.
(Photo) Judging from his clear eyed and steady gaze, and the uncompromised intelligence of his stance on MMR use, Andrew Wakefield always seemed trustworthy – and now is vindicated by revelations in his film of egregious data erasure by the CDC.
Wakefield was hounded out of medicine by the investigation of the London Science Times correspondent Brian Deer, who after seven years managed to get Wakefield’s medical license cancelled for allegedly fraudulent dealings which had no real bearing on the actual science of his paper, or the issue. it seems clear. The paper was withdrawn by the BMJ, although nothing in it was disproved, and responsibility for any alleged flaws in the arrangements of the study was shared by 11 other coauthors, one of whom sued at high cost to fend off the loss of license and reputation and won, thus by implication vindicating Wakefield and the others.
The Deer’s work on the topic and his allegations are fully assembled at his site briandeer.com. Wakefield’s defense against all this attack is contained in his two books which are available at this page. Up to date material on Brian Deer’s performance is available at Truth Barrier written by investigative journalist Celia Farber and at Age of Autism:An Elaborate Fraud Part III: A Mother of Two Autistic Children Demands Accountability From the British Medical Journal
Here are the panelists’ bios for the Q/A immediately following the Players Theater screening today at 2pm-4.30pm:
There will be a Q&A immediately following the screening (a reprise of the original Tribeca Film Festival panel) with Dr. Andrew Wakefield (Director), Del Bigtree (Producer), Polly Tommey (Producer, co-founder Autism Media Channel), Dr. Brian Hooker, Dr. Stephanie Seneff, and Mark Blaxill. Moderated by Sharyl Attkisson (Emmy Award winning investigative journalist).
SYNOPSIS OF FILM
An investigation into how the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens, concealed and destroyed data on their 2004 study that showed a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. This alarming deception has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Del Bigtree is an Emmy award-winning producer who worked on the daytime talk show The Doctors, for the last six years. With a background both as a filmmaker and an investigative medical journalist, he is highly regarded as an 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. Further investigation into the wrongful destruction of Andrew Wakefield’s career orchestrated by Big Pharma and the UK Department of Health inspired him to leave his prestigious job on the award-winning medical tv show and focus all of his attention on what he believes to be the most crucial documentary of the year. Bigtree is proud to be working side by side with Andrew Wakefield, one of the most important minds of our time to create a documentary that will not only alert Americans to the outright destruction of their civil liberties but will lead the charge to demand the formation of a genuine independent research body conducting legitimate science to ensure that all vaccines are truly safe.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
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.
However, with the paper’s publication, the Dean of the medical school held a press briefing with some of the co-authors in attendance. Wakefield was called upon to answer a question as to what parents should do in light of concerns about MMR vaccine safety. He responded that in his mind there was enough doubt about MMR vaccine safety that parents should opt for the single measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines given at yearly intervals. His response: “It’s a moral issue for me. I can’t support the continued use of these three vaccines, given in combination, until this issue has been resolved.” Wakefield advocated for the use of single vaccines. He did not say to stop vaccinations altogether as many have been led to believe. The report, published in The Lancet Journal, would catapult Wakefield into becoming one of the most controversial figures in the history of medicine. Nonetheless, this minted Wakefield as the “Father of the Anti-Vaccine Movement.”
These statements were echoed around the U.K. and the U.S., and parents chose the single vaccines in preference to MMR. The official response was to withdraw the option of single vaccines making the return of measles inevitable. Growing anti-MMR sentiment and lower vaccination rates threatened the bottom lines of manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline and Merck. In the U.S. Merck holds the sole patent for the MMR vaccine.
In 2004, the same year the CDC published its MMR/Autism study, freelance journalist, Brian Deer, published an investigation into Wakefield et al. findings in the Lancet Journal claiming that Wakefield et al. had falsified data and committed fraud. More recently, on appeal, the English High Court overturned the allegations made against the senior authors of the Lancet paper and Wakefield’s colleague Professor John Walker-Smith was reinstated and exonerated.
Wakefield is the only one of the 13 co-authors of the Lancet Journal findings barred from practicing medicine. He lost his country, his career, and his medical license. This report would catapult Wakefield into becoming one of the most controversial figures in the history of medicine. He considers these losses a small price to pay for the privilege of working with affected families.
Since moving to Austin, Texas, he co-founded the Autism Media Channel with Polly Tommey with the goal of countering the pharmaceutical marketing and advertising juggernaut and the biased corporate-owned media with their own media. Together they produced the award-winning documentary, “Who Killed Alex Spourdalkis?,” which was Wakefield’s directorial debut. VaxXed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe is his second film.
Polly Tommey is the mother of Billy, a 20-year old boy with autism, a book author, founding Editor-in-Chief of the world’s preeminent autism magazine The Autism File, and Autism Media Channel’s Founder and TV host and award-winning documentary film producer (“Who Killed Alex Spourdalakis”).
An outspoken autism advocate and founder of the not-for-profit Autism Trust in the UK and US that builds homes for Autistic Adults, Polly has appeared in print and television media around the globe, gone head-to-head with top political leaders, and never compromised.
She has received multiple nominations and awards from, among others, The Women of The Year Foundation, Red magazine, and the British Society of Magazine Editors. She is a Producer on VaxXed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.
Mark Blaxill is co-founder and Executive Director of XLP Capital, a firm founded in 2015 and focused on technology strategy development, new technology business incubation and technology-based investments. Before starting XLP, Mr. Blaxill was a co-Founder and Managing Partner of 3LP Advisors, a firm focused on IP strategy development, patent transactions and IP-based investments. Previous to the launch of 3LP in 2008, he was a 25-year veteran of The Boston Consulting Group, where as senior vice president and partner, he headed the firm’s Strategy Practice and recruited BCG’s core IP Strategy team. In this role, he launched the firm’s Intellectual Property practice, developed proprietary tools for technology analysis, and co-authored BCG’s first patent application.
He is the co-author of The Invisible Edge: Taking Your Strategy to the Next Level Using Intellectual Property (Portfolio, 2009), which was named Best Strategy Book in 2009 by a leading business journal. He has been named one of “The World’s Leading IP Strategists” by IAM Magazine. Mark credits that honor to XLP’s unique integration of the quantitative analyses of technology, patents, business and financial performance.
Mark is also the father of a daughter diagnosed with autism, Chairman and co-founder of the Canary Party and Health Choice, Editor-at-Large for Age of Autism, a former director of SafeMinds and a frequent speaker at autism conferences. He writes often on autism, science and public policy issues for Age of Autism and has published a number of articles, letters and commentaries on autism in journals such as Public Health Reports, the International Journal of Toxicology, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Neurotoxicology and Medical Hypotheses. He has also been invited to peer review articles in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Epidemiology, Pediatrics and the International Journal of Toxicology. As part of his advocacy work, he has testified before the Immunization Safety Review of the Institute of Medicine (2001), served on a Blue Ribbon Panel on Vaccine Safety (2004), initiated a symposium sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences entitled “Environmental Factors in Neurodevelopmental Disorders” (2005) and a workshop sponsored by the Institute of Medicine entitled “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research” (2007). He was a panelist at a “Meeting on Evaluating Reasons for ASD Trends” co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Autism Speaks (2011) and at a hearing “1 in 88 Children: A Look Into the Federal Response to Rising Rates of Autism” called by the House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee (2012). He co-authored a book on autism with Dan Olmsted, called The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic, (Thomas Dunne, September 2010). His newest book with Dan, Vaccines 2.0: The Careful Parent’s Guide to Making Safe Vaccination Choices for Your Family (Skyhorse Publishing, February 2015), was released last February.
Mr. Blaxill earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School and an A.B. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.
DR. BRIAN S. HOOKER
Brian S. Hooker, PhD, PE, was formerly a bioengineer and the team leader for the High Throughput Biology Team and Operations Manager of the DOE Genomics: Genomes to Life (GTL) Center for Molecular and Cellular Systems at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Hooker also is credited as a co-inventor for five patents. In 1985, Dr. Hooker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, California. He earned his masters of science degree in 1988 and his doctorate in 1990, both in biochemical engineering, from Washington State University, in Pullman, Washington. Hooker formerly managed applied plant and fungal molecular biology research projects, including development of plant-based biosensors and transgenic production systems for human pharmaceutical proteins and industrial enzymes at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where systems biology researchers are focused on understanding gene and protein networks involved in individual cell signaling, communication between cells in communities, and cellular metabolic pathways. Hooker has also been involved in research on microbial kinetics and transport mathematical modeling, design, development, and support for biological destruction of chlorinated organic hydrocarbons, development of tP4 transgenic plant protein production platform technology, and development of the RT3D bioremediation/natural attenuation software package.
He left PNNL in 2009, and was hired as an associate professor at Simpson University in Redding, CA where he specializes in biology and chemistry. Simpson University is a private Christian University of liberal arts and professional studies offering undergraduate, graduate and teaching credential programs. Hooker is well known for his concerns regarding vaccine safety and the conflicts of interest within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. His son, Steve, is vaccine-injured. Hooker is a board member at Focus Autism, an organization which believes in the “ongoing cover-up of the vaccine/autism link.”
Stephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She received the B.S. degree in Biophysics in 1968, the M.S. and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering in 1980, and the 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. She has published over 170 refereed articles on these subjects, and has been invited to give keynote speeches at several international conferences. She has also supervised numerous Master’s and PhD theses at MIT. In 2012, Dr. Seneff was elected Fellow of the International Speech and Communication Association (ISCA).
In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has published over two dozen papers in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer’s, autism, cardiovascular), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.
About the Moderator:
Sharyl Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winner and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is author of the New York Times best seller “Stonewalled” and host of the Sunday morning national TV news program “Full Measure,” which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting. For thirty years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news.
In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She received two other Emmy nominations in 2013 for “Benghazi: Dying for Security” and “Green Energy Going Red.” Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.”
In September 2012, Attkisson received the Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story.
Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.
Attkisson is one of the few journalists to have flown in a B-52 on a combat mission (over Kosovo) and in an F-15 fighter jet Combat Air Patrol flight. She is a fourth degree black belt in TaeKwonDo. Previously, Attkisson hosted a medical news magazine on PBS called “HealthWeek,” anchored for CNN, and reported at several local news stations. She is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Journalism and Communications.
Barbara Olson Award for Excellence and Independence in Journalism
Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Reporting
“Courage in the Face of Power” Award, Weyrich Awards
Pillar Human Rights Journalism Award for “Fearless Reporting in the Face of Government Retaliation.”
Investigative Emmy Award for “Investigating Congress.”
Investigative Emmy Award nomination for “Benghazi: Dying for Security.”
Emmy Award nomination for “Green Energy Going Red.”
Daytime Emmy Award as part of CBS Sunday Morning team Outstanding Morning Program for “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.”
Integrity in Journalism Award
Brian Terry Courage in Journalism and Reporting Award
Finalist, Gerald Loeb Business Awards for “The Business of Congress”
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious.”
RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious.”
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigations of Congress: “Follow the Money.”
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigating Aid to Haiti earthquake victims.
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting of a Business News Story for series on the Bush Administration’s Bait-and-Switch on TARP and the Bank Bailout.
Investigative Reporter and Editors Finalist Award for “Investigating TARP.”
Loeb finalist for Television Breaking News for “Follow the Money: Bailout Investigation.”
Emmy Award Nomination for “Follow the Money.”
RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence (CBS team award)
RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence (CBS team award)
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigating Dangers of certain prescription drugs and vaccines; and conflicts of interest in medical industry.
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for series on mismanagement at the Red Cross: “Red Cross Under Fire.”
Emmy Award Nomination for “Firestone Tire Fiasco.”
Civil Justice Foundation Special Commendation for Firestone Tire coverage.
Investigative Reporter and Editors Finalist Award for series on the dangers of certain prescription drugs and vaccines.
Attkisson received several other awards for her reporting and producing, including a New York Black Journalists Association public service award, a Mature Media National Award, a Florida Emmy Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a Florida Communicator’s Award.
Vaxxed Official Selection @ Manhattan Film Festival Sunday 2pm. Q&A after w/ Dr. Wakefield, Del , Polly, Dr. Hooker, Dr. Seneff, Mark Blaxill
We watched the movie ‘Vaxxed’ so you don’t have to: STAT reporter reviewer struggles to avoid the main point of the film, aided by editor who slaps on a headline amusingly reminiscent of the Nature editor who famously adopted the same stance in dealing with Peter Duesberg on the HIV/AIDS error.