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What if your life-saving medicine contained deadly viruses – and drug manufacturers, government, and your own doctors knew but failed to warn you?
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Through the eyes of survivors and family members, BAD BLOOD chronicles how a “miracle” treatment became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Faced with evidence that pharmaceutical companies and government regulators knew the product was contaminated with deadly viruses, the hemophilia community launched a powerful and inspiring fight to right the system that failed them and to make it safer for all.

The film is finally finished and we are partnering with four national and international bleeding disorders groups as well as the Gay Men’s Health Crisis on the largest blood safety reform campaign since the 1990s. These are community screenings that will use BAD BLOOD as the centerpiece of the education and advocacy campaign to encourage legislators, health policy officials, and the public in general to advocate for FDA reform to protect the safety of the blood supply for all.

But here is where we need your help! In order for the film to appear on PBS in Spring/Summer, 2011 and inform a wide national audience we need to cut the film down to a one-hour length. (Currently 82 minutes) Help us pay our ridiculously talented editor, Marian Hunter! For those of you who have been waiting for this story to once again be part of the national conversation on blood, drug, and FDA reform -- here is our chance to reach 4 million households! Help us ensure it happens!

To read more about the film please visit us online at www.badblooddocumentary.com.

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    Join Director/Producer Marilyn Ness in the edit room in NYC on her next project and see how these films get made! (Expenses not covered.) Also receive a BAD BLOOD DVD and a "Special Thanks" credit.

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