“Coloring Outside the Lines” follows the life-or-death journeys of four patients with aggressive leukemia and the groundbreaking clinical trial designed to save them
RYE BROOK, N.Y. /PRNewswire/ — The story of a clinical trial that is unlocking a new, personalized treatment approach with the power to save the lives of thousands of people living with an aggressive and deadly form of leukemia was screened at the American Public Health Association Film Festival this week.
“Coloring Outside the Lines” follows the story of four patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), their medical teams, and the scientists who created a first-of-its kind blood cancer master clinical trial that is transforming how this disease is treated.
From two-time Peabody and six-time Emmy award-winning journalists and filmmakers Geraldine Moriba and Jamila Paksima, the documentary is an eye-opening story about a group of scientific visionaries and the patients who trusted them. The film captures the stories of Dorila, Jerry, Martha and Susan, who enrolled in the Beat AML® Master Clinical Trial.
“Leading scientists saw a major unmet need in blood cancer treatment and dove in to create something the medical world had never seen before: the first collaborative precision medicine master clinical trial for blood cancer,” said E. Anders (Andy) Kolb, M.D., president and CEO of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). “It is incredible to see the stories of four patients who enrolled, and to think about the hundreds and eventually thousands of others who will benefit from our work together.”
Through their stories, the filmmakers show how the trial took a bold and innovative approach using advanced technology to examine the genetic make-up of each patient’s cancer to match them with the most promising targeted treatment. These treatments can replace chemotherapy, which can be very difficult for patients to tolerate, especially those 60 and older. These patients are most likely to get this form of cancer and face a life expectancy of just months or even weeks at diagnosis.
“Coloring Outside the Lines” was five years in the making, starting shortly after LLS launched the trial in 2016 to capture in-depth stories about how all four individuals — after given a devastating prognosis — were able to continue to enjoy their lives, hobbies, interests and extra time with their families. Today, more than 1,400 patients have joined the trial, which is improving survival rates and quality of life compared to standard chemotherapy.
In addition to the stories of individuals enrolled in the trial, the documentary also features the doctors who treated them and the scientific leaders and partners behind the trial.
“I watched my mother undergo three months of chemotherapy in 1996, and it was devastating. My work will not be over until people no longer need to experience harsh cancer treatment,” said John Byrd, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Beat AML and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at University of Cincinnati. “I’m pleased to say that the Beat AML Master Clinical Trial has given me hope that we will one day accomplish this, as I have witnessed that half of the patients with a subtype of AML can take a pill and go into remission without any chemotherapy.”
To learn more and watch the trailer, visit www.lls.org/documentary.
ABOUT THE LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) is the global leader in the fight against blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.
Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has regions throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org. Patients should contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET.
LLS is the only organization featured in the nonprofit category on both Fast Company’s 2022 Brands That Matter list and the 2023 Best Workplaces for Innovators list. LLS stands out among brands around the world for its relevancy, cultural impact, ingenuity, and mission impact.
About the Beat AML® Master Clinical Trial
The Beat AML® Master Clinical Trial is the first collaborative precision medicine clinical trial in a blood cancer. Launched by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2016 and focused on newly diagnosed patients aged 60 or older, the trial uses advanced genomic technology to match patients to the most promising targeted treatment based on their unique genetic mutations.
The trial tests multiple therapies in multiple study arms simultaneously under a “Master Trial” protocol that not only has the power to bring new therapies to acute myeloid leukemia patients faster, but also has the potential to stand as a model for future clinical trials. The trial has already generated strong results, showing superior survival rates and better quality of life when genomic analysis is used to match patients to targeted therapies. For more information, www.lls.org/beataml.
SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
Paramount+ in Canada and The Shine Network Institute Announce the Indigenous Producers Budgeting Intensive
TORONTO /CNW/ — Today, Paramount+ in Canada and The Shine Network Institute (TSNI) announce the Indigenous Producers Budgeting Intensive, an online course and new resource to support the professional development and mentorship of Indigenous women in film, television and media. This first virtual course will be geared toward budgeting for film. It will be accessible on TSNI’s @Learnatshine platform and will launch on National Indigenous Peoples Day – Friday, June 21, 2024.
Geared toward emerging and mid-level Indigenous female producers, this first intensive course of 10 x one hour modules offer students hands-on learning accompanied by Indigenous framed tutorials designed to empower students as they prepare to produce their first feature film. The course will also include candid conversations with Indigenous female producers to inspire and motivate students by giving them access to industry veterans who can dispel myths and misconceptions about producing.
“Working with The Shine Network Institute on this course is truly the first step in our partnership,” said Doug Smith, SVP Streaming & Content Licensing Paramount Global, Canada. “After listening and consulting with Jennifer Podemski and her team over the past few months we are proud to collaborate on this online course which will provide tangible skills to those interested in line producing, one of the most important jobs on any set. It is also a project we can build on in the months and years to come to support even more of TSNI’s membership and the next generation of Indigenous producers.”
“I am thrilled to be partnering with Paramount + Canada for this course,” said Jennifer Podemski, President & CEO, The Shine Network Institute. “Partnerships like this allow TSNI to offer the highest level of training and mentorship while building capacity for Indigenous people within the screen sector. Although our mission at TSNI is to foster the careers of Indigenous women who are the least represented across the sector and experience the most disproportionate outcomes, this course, which will be offered on our @Learnatshine platform, is open to all Indigenous professionals working within Canada’s film, television and digital media space.”
This initiative is the third partnership Paramount+ in Canada has announced that reinforces its long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Earlier this fall, the company announced a collaboration with the Black Screen Office for the Black Creators Festival Initiative; a joint venture with BIPOC TV & Film, and the National Screen Institute Partner for the new ELEVATE program; and now TSNI’s Budget Online Intensive.
These programs are intricately connected to the mission of Paramount Global’s Content for Change initiative, which seeks to counteract narratives that enable bias, stereotypes and hate using the power of our content, the creative supply chain that powers it, and the culture that underpins everything we do.
Paramount+ is a global digital subscription video streaming service from Paramount that features a mountain of premium entertainment for audiences of all ages. Internationally, the streaming service features an expansive library of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME®, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel™, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. The service is currently live in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, Italy, Ireland and South Korea.
About The Shine Network Institute
The Shine Network Institute (TSNI) is an Indigenous not-for-profit organization providing professional development programs, advocacy and mentorship, for Indigenous women in the film, television and media sector. TSNI is committed to knowledge gathering and knowledge sharing, understanding that culturally informed research practices will deepen our understanding of the needs within the communities we serve. We are committed to dismantling systemic and structural barriers Indigenous women face in the screen sector and creating pathways to advancing Indigenous women’s careers within the screen sector while creating safer spaces for all Indigenous Peoples in the industry.
SOURCE Paramount+ (Canada)
Unveiling the Mystery: The Holloman Air Force Base UFO Incident
Uncover the truth behind the Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident: unidentified flying objects, alien entities, government secrecy, and more.
The enigmatic world of UFO sightings has captivated the imaginations of people around the globe for decades. Among the notable cases, the Holloman Air Force Base incident of May 1965(?) stands out as one of the most intriguing and controversial. Recently, filmmaker James Fox shed light on this incident, revealing the existence of full video footage that allegedly captured the landing of UFOs and the presence of alien entities. However, the government’s failure to release the complete footage has only added to the enigma surrounding this historic event.
The Holloman Incident: A Significant UFO Sighting:
Holloman Air Force Base, established in 1942 and located in New Mexico, became the epicenter of an extraordinary alleged event in May 1965. According to James Fox, the filmmaker behind the revelation, three unidentified flying objects landed at the base, leaving witnesses in awe. This encounter quickly gained attention due to the potential evidence it provided regarding extraterrestrial life.
The Promise of Authentic Footage:
Albert “Al” Emenegger, a filmmaker working on a documentary about UFOs, was promised access to the authentic footage of the Holloman incident by United States Air Force officials. Emenegger claimed that the footage depicted alien visitors emerging from the craft and interacting with the US military. Although initially skeptical, Emenegger was assured by the Air Force that the footage was genuine. However, he was only allowed to retain a mere eight seconds of the footage.
Government Secrecy and Controversy:
Despite the promises made, the US government failed to release the full footage of the Holloman incident. Speculation suggests that the Nixon Administration, eager to appear strong in the scientific field for the upcoming 1972 re-election campaign, initially allowed the footage to be used in Emenegger’s documentary. However, as the Watergate controversy deepened, the government pulled back, keeping the complete footage hidden from public view.
The Intriguing Documentary and the Mysterious Eight Seconds:
The resulting documentary, “UFOs Past Present Future,” released in 1974, captivated audiences with its exploration of unidentified flying objects. After subsequent updates and edits, the film was re-released as “UFOS: It has Begun” in 1976 and 1979, featuring Rod Serling as the host. The documentary showcased reenactments and illustrations, aiming to tell the story of the Holloman incident. However, it is the elusive eight seconds of footage that have fueled much speculation. Some claim that the object seen in these seconds is one of the UFOs, capturing the moment of its descent towards the base.
Continued Enigma and Independent Investigations:
To this day, the full video footage of the Holloman incident, including the alleged sighting of alien entities, remains unreleased. The government’s decision to withhold this evidence only amplifies the mystery and controversy surrounding the event. However, independent researchers and UFO enthusiasts continue their quest for the truth. Notably, the YouTube channel “Here Suddenly” has conducted impressive research and analysis of the available details, shedding new light on the Holloman incident.
The Holloman Air Force Base UFO incident of the mid-60s continues to fascinate and perplex both believers and skeptics alike. The promise of authentic footage, the subsequent government secrecy, and the ongoing search for answers have turned this event into an enduring enigma. While the complete truth may still elude us, the Holloman incident remains a significant chapter in UFO history, reminding us of the enduring allure and mystery surrounding unidentified flying objects.
Leveling the Playing Field
Film team calls for recognition of Berea College and Kentucky State University for supporting racial and economic equity
BEREA, Ky. and FRANKFORT, Ky., Aug. 30, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The executive team of This Field Looks Green To Me, a feature film project currently in production, has committed to sharing the profits of the film with Kentucky State University (KSU) and Berea College (BC).
This film, set in a 1950s coal-mining town with Jim Crow laws still in effect, will engage people across generations by telling a true Appalachian story about kids, baseball, and the power of grassroots action in smalltown America. The film’s executive producer, Ron Schmidt, explained that KSU, a Historically Black University (HBCU) and BC, a Kentucky college that has been racially diverse since its inception, are ideal recipients for some of the film’s profits.
“Both schools provide both Black and white students from Kentucky, Appalachia, and beyond, tangible opportunities to live together and learn from each other in an educational context, and this aligns perfectly with our project,” he said.
“Both schools recognize that creating and maintaining a racially diverse student body enhances learning for all students,” Schmidt added. Seventy-five percent of the students at BC come from low-income Kentuckian and Appalachian families. More than half of the student body at KSU are people of color.
As an example of this commitment from KSU and BC, Schmidt pointed to the recent formation of a new initiative, the Association for Teaching Black History, in partnership with the Muhammad Ali Center and the Thomas D. Clark Foundation. Schmidt has proposed that Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear recognize BC and KSU as state “Educational Exemplars” for their efforts to advance the best interests of all students in the state.
This Field Looks Green To Me
One of the central outcomes of the movie will be to engage community mentors in building positive relationships with disadvantaged kids over the course of time. The film is proceeding rapidly toward filming and production, with filming scheduled to begin in Middlesboro and Paducah, KY in 2024.
In addition to telling this powerful story of how community can affect grass-roots change, This Field Looks Green To Me will highlight the beauty of the Appalachian people and their multi-ethnic culture – its mountains and original music.
SOURCE This Field Looks Green To Me LLC
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