Breakout Session Discusses World-changing Films

By Arunabh Satpathy 

The fourth breakout session of day 2 at the Future in Review 2016 conference was focused on world-changing films. Moderator Sharon Anderson Morris started the session by describing the beginnings of the FiReFilmas initiative inspired by the film “Slaughtering the Dolphins,” which Morris watched at Sundance in 2009, and the subsequent activism. She spoke of her desire to make compelling, scientifically based films, and the need to spread their word.

The session was attended by Chris Hegedus, director of “Unlocking the Cage,” Pina De Rosa, executive director of “Sniffing Out Cancer,” Adriana LaCorte, director of “Sniffing Out Cancer,” Ted Richane, director of “The Ivory Game,” and Geralyn Dreyfous, co-founder of Impact Partners Film Fund, Founder, Utah Film Center, and SNS Ambassador for Documentary Films among others.

A lot of a discussion took place during introductions, where connections were made between people with common interests. In particular, the screening of the “Sniffing Out Cancer” trailer was met with personal narratives of illness. A clips from “The Ivory Game” and the trailer for “” were also shown.

Richane spoke about the characters in his movie and how the film was filmed in Africa and Hong Kong. The clip depicted an attempt to find the right person to infiltrate the Ivory trade without detection, and how the system of trading in Hong Kong is deeply corrupt to the point that even the Chinese government finds it hard to track. One of the Chinese infiltrators is protected in the US and Europe. The film is a Netflix Original, and premiere on November 4th.

“What this film hopefully will do is introduce the fact that this is an international crime issue,” Richane said. “This film hopefully successful tells the story of the market.”

De Rosa spoke of her fascination with using dogs as a very early stage, non-invasive, pain-free method of pre-screening up to eleven cancers. LaCorte mentioned the need for funding the film, as it has been currently filmed on a limited budget.

The trailer showed instances of people’s cancers being detected, and how dogs have been scientifically proven to be a lot more sensitive than invasive medical technology.
Also depicted the central problem of canine detection not being considered “legitimate” in the eyes of the medical community, and how more exposure to the idea is needed.

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