THE ANDREW WAKEFIELD STORY,
THE MOST CONTROVERSIAL DOCTOR IN AMERICA
AVAILABLE ON PAL DVD AND SVOD OUTSIDE OF NORTH AMERICA ON MARCH 27, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 27, 2018) – Cinema Libre Studio is releasing Miranda Bailey’s documentary THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST on PAL DVD, On Demand and Streaming in territories outside of North America starting March 27, 2018. The film documents Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the man behind one of the most highly controversial, intensely debated topics in modern medicine: the anti-vaccination movement.
Released theatrically in the U.S. in 11 cities, “Miranda Bailey’s documentary focuses on Andrew Wakefield delivering a personal profile that shies away from taking a stand on his controversial theories,” writes the Hollywood Reporter. Awarded Best Director for a Documentary Feature at the 2017 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles and Best Feature Documentary at the Manhattan Film Festival, Gravitas Ventures, is handling domestic rights (U.S. and Canada) while Cinema Libre Studio, the company behind the release of the controversial Andrew Wakefield directed “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, is handling all other territories. The film is set to screen theatrically in Australia and the UK this Spring.
With THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST, director Miranda Bailey brings us a character study of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a notorious 1998 paper in the UK medical Journal The Lancet, but who became the very public face of what has come to be known as “The Anti-Vax Movement.” An expat from Britain who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Wakefield allowed Bailey and her team to follow him and his family for five years beginning in 2011 as he fought a defamation battle in the courts against the British Medical Journal and journalist Brian Deer. The results of that case – and the self-reflection, pronouncements, and observations of Wakefield, his legal team, wife, and his children – create a complex and incisive look at one of our era’s most fear-provoking and continuingly provocative figures. THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes no sides, instead letting Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves.
THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST is the sophomore directing effort of prolific indie producer Miranda Bailey, whose debut GREENLIT premiered to critical acclaim at SXSW in 2010. In a 15-year filmmaking career, Bailey has distinguished herself by producing over 20 films, among them the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE and the Spirit Award-winning THE DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL, as well as James Gunn’s SUPER and the Sundance Film festival hit SWISS ARMY MAN. Bailey also recently completed production on her narrative feature debut YOU CAN CHOOSE YOUR FAMILY, starring Jim Gaffigan.
“I’ve always gravitated towards controversial subject matters in the many films I’ve produced. The minefield of strong opinions and disagreements on who Andrew Wakefield is or what Andrew Wakefield has done intrigued me. What I found was a startling portrayal of a modern day sisyphus; punished by the media and the public yet continuing to push his rock up the hill over and over again,” stated Bailey.
PAL DVD TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Available: March 27 2018
Run Time: 92 Minutes
Rating Not rated
Special Features: Interview: Andrew Wakefield Deals with Allegations, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” teaser (20 minutes)
Public Performance licenses for outside of the US and Canada available here: http://cinemalibrestudio.com/PathologicalOptimist/screenings.html
ON DEMAND DETAILS – starting March 27, 2018.
Available on Vimeo for $3.99 USD in all territories but U.S, Canada and Israel.
Available soon on Amazon UK.
For information on the U.S. & Canadian release visit: http://thepathologicaloptimistfilm.com
For press inquiries:
JCR Public Relations
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