Bill Haney's Critically Acclaimed Documentary Jim Allison: Breakthrough Wins 2020's Top International Science & Media Award
BOSTON, Oct. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Director Bill Haney's acclaimed documentary, Jim Allison: Breakthrough, winner of The Washington Post's Top 10 Films of the Year and PBS Independent Lens #1 Rated Documentary of the Year, today announced that it has been chosen as Winner of the 2020 Best International Documentary Award at the SILBERSALZ Science & Media Festival.
Praised as "the most cheering film of the year," by The Washington Post, Breakthrough tells the endearing story of Jim Allison, a native of south Texas and an avid blues harmonica player, whose creativity and perseverance landed him a Nobel Prize in 2018 for his revolutionary cure for cancer. "This is a really cool doc about an extraordinary man by a phenomenal director... I was lucky to get to lend my voice to this," said actor Woody Harrelson, who narrated the film. Caryn James of the Hollywood Reporter adds, "Breakthrough demonstrates that the treatment is not a miracle, but the result of some wild but meticulous thinking by a true medical hero."
"We are honored the SILBERSALZ has chosen Breakthrough as 2020's Best International Documentary" said Director Bill Haney. "In the age of Covid-19, when we are facing global health challenges that know no boundaries of race or religion, the urgent necessity of inventing novel life-saving drugs makes Jim's story especially powerful. The FDA, global research universities and major pharmaceutical companies all helped Jim on this path and will also play critical roles in solving Covid-19, but Jim's advances were alo built on a culture of truth-telling, fact-based work, selfless leadership and a commitment to purposes above the narrow, the greedy and the personal. Jim didn't care about how he looked, whether he made any money or what people thought of him. He cared about doing the right thing in the right way. Jim and the unrelenting scientists like him are my heroes – and I'll bet they become yours."
"We're delighted to champion films that celebrate the perseverance of trailblazers and world changers like Jim Allison," said PBS Independent Lens Executive Producer Lois Vossen. "Jim Allison: Breakthrough reminds us all to keep pushing and fighting if we believe in something, despite adversity. It is a vivid reminder that the path to greatness is seldom easy, but always worthwhile."
About Jim Allison: Breakthrough
About Bill Haney (Director/Producer)
About Uncommon Productions
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SOURCE Dragonfly Therapeutics, Inc.; Uncommon Productions
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