Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff created the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 for what many believe was a response to the attack on 9-11. The film festival calls lower Manhattan it’s home. The Festival’s bread and butter are documentaries and shorts. The attendees are a star-studded list of who’s who in Hollywood. It is a $600 million a year business which is said to pull in roughly 3 million attendees.
The Film Festival is often denoted on the trailers of movies soon to be released as an indicator of the film’s perceived value. Tribeca, in other words, carries a significant amount of value to filmmakers who make it past the festival regarding continuance. However, this year has been a different experience for the film festival’s usually unblemished proceedings. The artsy venture is suffering from the results of making a difficult social choice and allowing a new movie, Andrew Wakefield’s Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy, to premiere at its festival.
This, my friends, is a huge deal. An anti-vaccination movie being promoted by one of the largest, most glamorous film festivals in the world is not a small deal. Wakefield’s film accuses the CDC of covering up essential damaging information regarding vaccines. It is said to feature famous pediatricians as experts (here).
“The most vitriolic debate in medical history takes a dramatic turn when senior-scientist-turned-whistleblower Dr. William Thompson of the Centers for Disease Control turns over secret documents, data and internal emails confirming what millions of devastated parents and ‘discredited’ doctors have long-suspected.”