Cinema Libre Studio in New York has announced that it will distribute the controversial film “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe”
Cinema Libre Chairman Philippe Diaz said in a recent statement:
“We chose to distribute this film to correct a major issue, which is the suppression of medical data by a governmental agency that may very well be contributing to a significant health crisis. The media storm of last week also revealed another issue; the hyper mediatization by some members of the media and the documentary community who had not even seen the film, as well as Tribeca executives, which condemned it as anti-vaccine.”
The Vaxxed documentary is to be shown in New York City for one week starting April 1st, and will then either be shown at other theaters around the country or go straight to another distribution vehicle dependent on the response by viewers and critics in NYC.
Variety.com reports: The distributor’s announcement came late Tuesday, three days after the Tribeca Film Festival pulled “Vaxxed” from its lineup with festival co-founder Robert De Niro explaining it did not contribute to or further the discussion he had hoped for about issues surrounding autism.
The documentary will premiere Friday at the Angelika FiIm Center in New York City. Cinema Libre has not revealed future distribution plans other than saying it will be “widely released” in other cities.
“Vaxxed” is co-written and directed by Andrew Wakefield, a former surgeon and medical researcher who published a discredited 1998 research paper that claimed that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine was linked to autism. Wakefield was accused of professional misconduct and falsifying information in that study, and the Lancet, the journal that ran the research, retracted the piece. The British doctor has been barred from practicing medicine in the U.K.
“Vaxxed” purports to investigates the claims of a senior scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who revealed that the CDC had allegedly manipulated and destroyed data on an important study about autism and the MMR vaccine. Cinema Libre Studio said Tuesday it has been working with the “Vaxxed” team since the fall and has acquired worldwide distribution rights from Autism Media Channel.
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