‘Vaxxed: From Coverup To Catastrophe’
The Most Controversial Film in America
Now Playing Across Theatres in U.S. – Opens Friday June 17 in Canada
LOS ANGELES – June 14, 2016 – Following its unprecedented “de-selection” in March from the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the most controversial documentary in America, “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,“ continues to capture headlines and “sold out” screenings as it expands its U.S. theatrical release in key markets this month with tens of thousands of people seeing the film in cinemas with full runs. In large part, the film’s success has been fueled by local groups of parents who believe their autistic children have been vaccine injured, and who have organized to help bring the film to their cities. Booked on over 60 screens in 57 cities, with runs in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and more, Vaxxed opens this week in Modesto, CA, Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Providence, RI, Westbrook, ME and Calgary, Canada.
Originally an official selection of the Tribeca Film Festival, which was co-founded by the actor Robert De Niro, the documentary premiered at the prestigious Angelika Film Center in NYC on April 1 following its dismissal, and began a national theatrical run with multiple week runs in national theatre chains including Landmark, Reading International, and Regal. “The controversy surrounding the film, from Tribeca, where it was falsely labelled as ‘anti-vaccine,’ and then overt efforts to subsequently censor it by the Mayor of Houston, the Village Voice and Huffington Post, have made some theater owners initially hesitant to show it. However, the overwhelming support shown by parents and activists on the grassroots level has turned the tide, and the film is getting the opportunity to be seen on a wider scale that it deserves,” says Rich Castro, COO/Vice President of Distribution at Cinema Libre Studio, the film’s distributor.
“Vaxxed” has been endorsed by leading autism and vaccine safety organizations including: Autism Action Network, Autism is Medical (AIM), AutismOne, California Coalition for Vaccine Choice, Canary Party, Generation Rescue, Health Choice Health First, Health Freedom Coalition, Million Mamma’s Movement, Moms in Charge, National Vaccine Information Center, Our Kids, Our Choice, SafeMinds, Thinking Mom’s Revolution, A Voice for Choice and Vaccine Injury Awareness League.
“Vaxxed” investigates how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 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 (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine and autism. The information was revealed by a whistle-blower inside the CDC, senior research scientist William Thompson.
“This alarming deception may have contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism, potentially the most catastrophic health epidemic of our lifetime. At the very least, the film demands that CDC release its entire findings of its flawed MMR study so that independent scientists can review the data,” says Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the film’s director.
The film garnered international headlines when it was pulled from the already-announced line-up of the Tribeca Film Festival under pressure from festival sponsors with close ties to Big Pharma and purportedly from “filmmakers” as well. Later, De Niro, disavowed the “dis-invitation” of the film and went on national network television (NBC’s “Today Show”) to urge the public to “go see this film.” In an interview published May 20th on Vulture.com, before revealing plans to make his own documentary on vaccines with Harvey Weinstein, De Niro shared what he learned from the Vaxxed controversy:
“First of all, there was a big reaction, which I didn’t see coming, and it was from filmmakers — supposedly, I have yet to find out who it was. I wanted to just know who they were, because to me there was no reason not to see the movie. The movie is not hurting anybody. It says something. It said something to me that was valid. Maybe some things were inaccurate, but if the movie was 20 percent accurate, it was worth seeing. And they were saying it’s because of the filmmaker and he was discredited, but how was he discredited? By the medical establishment? There’s a lot going on that I still don’t understand, but it makes me question the whole thing, and the whole vaccine issue is a real one. It’s big money.”
VAXXED IS NOW PLAYING in Sarasota, FL (Regal Hollywood Stadium 20), Orlando, FL (Regal Winter Park Village Stadium 20 & RPX), Jacksonville, FL (Regal Beach, Boulevard Stadium), Tulsa, OK (B&B Theatres Tulsa Starworld 20) and Oklahoma City (B&B Theatres Windsor 10); Salt Lake City, UT (Megaplex Theatres – The Gateway), Lehi, UT (Megaplex Theatres – Thanksgiving Point); Wichita (Murdock Theatre); Overland, KS (Glenwood Arts), Indianapolis, IN (Landmark Keystone Art Cinema), Charleston, SC (Terrace Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA (The Parkway Theater), Seattle (Ark Lodge Cinemas), Eugene, OR (The David Minor Theatre); OPENS June 14 in Modesto, CA (The State Theatre); and June 17 in Seattle, WA (Landmark Guild 45th theatre), Portland, OR (Cinema 21) and Providence, RI (Avon Cinema), Westbrook, ME (Cinemagic in Westbrook), Calgary, Alberta, CANADA (Plaza Theatre); and June 24 Milwaukee, WI (Landmark Oriental Theatre), Knoxville, TN (Regal Downton West Cinema 7), Arroyo Grande, CA (Fair Oaks Theatre) and Anderson, CA (Valley 11 Cinemas) on July 8 in Las Vegas (Tropicana cinemas) with more theatres to follow.
Current list of theatrical run: http://vaxxedthemovie.com/in-theatres/
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- Robert DeNiro on Making His Own Vaccine Documentary in Vulture: http://www.vulture.com/2016/05/robert-de-niro-vaccines-cannes-hands-of-stone.html
- Fox & Friends – Doctor behind film that links autism to vaccines speaks out featuring Dr. Andrew Wakefield & Polly Tommey – http://video.foxnews.com/v/4855598968001/doctor-behind-film-that-links-autism-to-vaccines-speaks-out/?#sp=show-clips
- Robert De Niro debates autism’s link to vaccines on TODAY Show: http://www.today.com/popculture/robert-deniro-debates-autism-s-link-vaccines-today-show-t86136
- Additional coverage can be found here: HTTP://VAXXEDTHEMOVIE.COM/PRESS/