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Joanna Rudnick Honored With FORCE Spirit of Empowerment Award

Kartemquin Films would like to congratulate director/producer Joanna Rudnick for receiving a FORCE 'Spirit of Empowerment Award.' Joanna will be honored in the Arts and Media category for giving "a powerful and moving voice to the hereditary cancer community" through her award-winning film In the Family.

First Federal Court Hearing on Human Gene Patents

The first federal court hearing in the ACLU's case against BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene patents took place on February 2, 2010. We were excited to read about this monumental hearing on the ACLU Blog of Rights.

In The Family and Kartemquin Films Support the Martha Haley Fund

Please join us in helping Martha Haley, who appeared in the film and is battling metastatic breast cancer, with her living expenses by donating to Martha through the Emergency Fund. Please specify "Martha Haley Fund" in the comments section. Thank you so much for your support.

http://donate.emergencyfund.org

Court Upholds Right of Scientists and Patients to Challenge Gene Patents

A federal district court has ruled that patients and scientists can challenge patents on human genes in court, allowing the ACLU and PUBPAT lawsuit challenging BRCA patents to move forward. Read the press release and view new photos from the ACLU's In the Family screening in New York.

Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Kartemquin's Emmy-nominated documentary In the Family has a number of screenings this October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The series of screenings in New York City, Chicago and Washington D.C. will encompass some of the most important advocacy and health education issues raised in the film.

Watch IN THE FAMILY Online

In honor of our Emmy nomination, P.O.V. is streaming In the Family online until October 30, 2009. This is a great way to share the film with friends and family: http://www.pbs.org/pov/inthefamily.

IN THE FAMILY Nominated for an Emmy Award

In the Family has been nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Informational Long Form Programming. We're honored to be recognized alongside such exceptional nominees! Announced yesterday, the awards ceremony will take place on September 21st, 2009.

Support the EARLY Act

Introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz (D-FL), the EARLY Act promotes a national education campaign to increase awareness among young women about their risk for breast cancer and proactive steps they can take to reduce their risks. Contact your senators today and encourage them to support the bill!

Panel Discussion Now Online

Thanks to the Ann Arbor District Library, you can now view the panel discussion with Joanna Rudnick and University of Michigan cancer research experts. The discussion followed a screening of In the Family at an event earlier this spring. Watch the video.

IN THE FAMILY to screen at FORCE Conference

Heading to the annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Florida this weekend? On Friday, May 15, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick will speak during the opening remarks and then again at 11:00 AM for a discussion about the issues previvors face during the Young and High-Risk session. In the Family screens at 3:10 PM. See you there!

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