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“SHOT IN THE ARM is the best vaccine yet produced for the virus of vaccine hesitancy, anti-vaccination, and science denial. It should be viewed by every member of Congress, every state governor, and every American. A brilliant rebuttal to every argument made against vaccines, the greatest invention in medical history!”

Michael Shermer

Publisher Skeptic magazine, Presidential Fellow Chapman University

Before anyone had heard of COVID-19, filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FOOD EVOLUTION) began investigating the global measles epidemic. Filming with top public health officials–including Tony Fauci–as well as rare interviews with anti-vaccine activists who were persuading parents by the millions to refuse vaccines for their children.

Then COVID-19 happened.

Acting quickly, Kennedy shifted his directorial eye to this once-in-a-century tragedy. Both skeptical and hopeful, SHOT IN THE ARM explores vaccine hesitancy historically and in the context of our modern pandemic. Can we replace cynicism with healthy curiosity and bridge the political divides that make us sick?

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“Scott’s de-masking of Robert Kennedy Jr. is a public service! SHOT IN THE ARM is a timely project that will save lives in the United States and around the world.”

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, PhD – University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication

FILMMAKERS

DIRECTOR / PRODUCER / WRITER: SCOTT HAMILTON KENNEDY

Academy Award® nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy is a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor. He has worked on everything from documentary and scripted film with legends like Roger Corman, directed music videos like Jimmy Cliff’s international hit “I Can See Clearly Now,” to commercials, motion capture animation, scripted and reality television. His documentary work includes Oscar Nominated The Garden, which tells the story of the complicated struggle over the nation’s largest community garden; Independent Spirit Award Nominee OT: our town—about the first play in 25 years at Dominguez High School in Compton; and the critically acclaimed Fame High, which follows four students through a year at one of the most respected and competitive performing arts high schools in the country. Scott recently launched Time Capsule Movies, a production company that personally curates documentaries that capture special moments in your life to be shared for generations to come.

Scott’s previous documentary, narrated by the esteemed astrophysicist and science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, is FOOD EVOLUTION, which, through resetting the GMO controversy, highlights the importance of using the scientific method to help everyone – from parents to politicians – make better decisions. FOOD EVOLUTION was both one of the most controversial and well-received documentaries of 2017, garnering a rare 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, where the LA Times wrote: “Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, FOOD EVOLUTION is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic,” and the NY Times: “FOOD EVOLUTION posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, GMOs may well be a force for good.” It has been screened on Capitol Hill, the National Academy of Sciences, the European Parliament, the FAO, and many more.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an Astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History, where he also serves as director of its world renowned Hayden Planetarium. He served on two commissions under George W. Bush in the service of NASA and Aerospace, and is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. In addition to dozens of professional publications, Dr. Tyson has written, and continues to write for the public. His latest book is Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization. He also served as host of PBS’s NOVA ScienceNOW and the popular radio show and podcast StarTalk. Tyson also served as Host & Narrator for Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey running thirteen episodes in Primetime on the FOX network, and appeared in 181 countries in 45 languages around the world on the National Geographic Channels. The program won four Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, two Critics Choice awards, as well as a dozen other industry recognitions. He is the recipient of twenty honorary doctorate awards, and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. Neil was also narrator and story consultant on Scott’s previous film FOOD EVOLUTION.

PRODUCER: MARK MONROE

Mark Monroe is an award-winning documentary writer and filmmaker, and co-founder of Diamond Docs. A  journalism graduate from the University of Oklahoma, Mark began his career as a news writer for CNN. His theatrical credits include: “Icarus” (Netflix, 2017; Winner, Best Documentary 2018 Academy Awards); “Hell On Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis (National Geographic, 2017);  “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos” (WGA nomination “best documentary script,” 2017); “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years” (Hulu, 2016, Best Music Film, Grammy Awards 2017); “Before the Flood” (Toronto 2016,); “Racing Extinction” (Sundance 2015, Discovery); “The Cove” (winner, best documentary 2010 Academy Awards & best documentary script, WGA 2010).

“SHOT IN THE ARM is a vital rung in a ladder of science literacy that we all must ascend, lest civilization teeter on the brink of collapse from its absence. It must be seen by all 8 billion citizens on planet earth.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, Author, and Science Communicator

FEATURING

DR. ANTHONY S. FAUCI, MD

Former Chief Medical Advisor to the President of the United States and Director of NIAID since 1984. Dr. Fauci has advised seven Presidents on domestic and global health issues, and on initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats.

KAREN ERNST

Ms. Ernst is the Director of Voices for Vaccines. She is a nationally-recognized expert in vaccine confidence with a decade’s experience in grassroots organizing around the issue. Much of her work involves creating alliances between families and partner organizations in order to increase vaccine uptake and reimagine advocacy work.

DR. PAUL A. OFFIT, MD

Paul A. Offit, MD, is Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Offit is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, recognized as the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a member of the Food and Drug Administration Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee, and a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines.

DR. PETER J. HOTEZ, MD

Scientist, researcher, author and science explainer, Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Hotez is internationally-recognized in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He leads a team and product development partnership at Texas Children’s CVD for developing new vaccines for diseases affecting hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide, while championing access to vaccines globally and in the United States.

As the father of an adult daughter with autism, Dr. Hotez’s personal life gives him a special platform as a vaccine champion against the movement to falsely link vaccines with autism and led to the title of his 2018 book, Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism.

BLIMA MARCUS, DNP

Blima Marcus is an ultra-Orthodox nurse practitioner with a BSN from New York University and a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Hunter College School of Nursing, where she is currently a professor of nursing for doctoral students.

She is a highly respected expert and advocate for public health and monitoring data in the frum Jewish community, which often has particular barriers to preventative health care, such as genetic testing for cancer, mammography, and vaccination. Ms Marcus became involved in vaccination outreach and education during the 2018-2019 measles outbreak in New York City, and developed a nurse-led organization of nurses, physicians, EMT’s and laypeople who are dedicated to undoing harmful misinformation which results in lower vaccination rates and increased disease in the Orthodox community. Her work received notable interest and has been featured in the NYT, WSJ, WaPo, and New Yorker, for its grassroots, direct-to-parent communication and outreach methods.

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