Jim Allison: Breakthrough


Somerville Theatre - Screen 1 Sun, Apr 28, 2019 4:30 PM
Film Info
Category:Documentary Feature
Web Site:https://www.breakthroughdoc.com/
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Bill Haney
Additional Info


Expected to be in attendance: Director Bill Haney, Producer Jennifer Pearce, Executive Producer Maura McCarthy, Editor Peter Rhodes and Production Assistance Matt Shelley-Reade

Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with in the scientific world: a 2018 Nobel Prize winner who discovered the immune system's role in defeating cancer. To date, over 600,000 people worldwide have been treated with drugs rooted in this discovery. But for decades, this Texas native waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.

JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH is the astounding, true story of a warm-hearted but stubborn man who embarked on a visionary quest to find a cure for cancer. Shot in hospitals and laboratories across the US, this cinematic portrait combines intimate interviews with Allison and other scientific leaders with innovative use of graphics and archival material, featuring music by star harmonica player Mickey Raphael and Nebraska composer Mark Orton. The film takes us into not only the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, but the heart of a true American pioneer. JIM ALLISON: BREAKTHROUGH is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.