THE QUIET EPIDEMIC, the provocative new documentary about Chronic Lyme and tick-borne disease
“THE QUIET EPIDEMIC” RELEASES TRAILER IN ADVANCE OF PREMIERE ON MAY 2nd AT HOT DOCS FESTIVAL IN TORONTO
THE FILM INVESTIGATES REPEATED FAILURES BY THE CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) TO WARN THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE DANGERS OF LYME DISEASE, IMPROVE TESTING, AND PROVIDE EFFECTIVE TREATMENT
Los Angeles, CA –The Quiet Epidemic, the provocative new documentary about Chronic Lyme and tick-borne disease, has released its trailer leading up to its premiere in the prestigious ‘Special Presentations’ category at Hot Docs in Toronto on May 2nd.
The film is co-directed by Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch, who met through their Lyme doctor’s office in 2015. The Quiet Epidemic results from their seven-year journey to expose the truth about this illness which strikes over 500,000 people each year in the US alone. 10-20% of those who are fortunate to receive a diagnosis and treatment remain sick after treatment. The filmmakers disclose new medical data and scientific discoveries, most still being denied or misinterpreted by the IDSA (Infectious Diseases Society of America), and by extension, the CDC, NIH and FDA.
“Lyme disease was first discovered in 1975, yet there has been very little progress for patients. Meanwhile, ticks are spreading life-threatening diseases around the world. Some people are left without a cure, and many without a diagnosis in the first place. We cannot wait for effective diagnostics and therapeutics any longer. We hope this film can be the catalyst to awaken the public to this growing and common threat,” stated Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch.
The feature documentary centers the highly emotional debate between patients and doctors who are still relying on an outdated CDC-approved test with a dismal 50% accuracy rate. The film follows a young girl from Brooklyn and a Duke University scientist both diagnosed with a disease said to not exist: Chronic Lyme disease. The Quiet Epidemic follows their search for answers, which lands them in the middle of a decades-long medical controversy. What begins as a patient story evolves into an investigation into the history of Lyme disease, dating back to its discovery. Finally, a paper trail of suppressed scientific research and buried documents reveal why ticks—and the diseases they carry—have been allowed to quietly spread around the globe.
The movie will premiere on Monday, May 2nd at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theater, a timely kickoff to Lyme Awareness Month in the United States and Canada. It will screen again Friday, May 6th at Isabel Bader Theater. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
The award-winning production team includes Co-Directors Lindsay Keys and Winslow Crane-Murdoch and Producers Chris Hegedus (The War Room), and Daria Lombroso (Most Likely To Succeed); Editor Mark Harrison (The Lion’s Share) and Supervising Editor Doug Blush (Icarus, 20 Feet From Stardom). This is Lindsay Keys’ and Winslow Crane-Murdoch’s feature film debut. A robust social impact campaign will accompany the film’s release and include grassroots screenings, social media engagement, and political advocacy. The film team is calling on the global medical, scientific, and political communities to join forces and find much-needed and long-overdue answers.
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