In The Family's blog
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!