Bad Blood

Thu, 02/03/2011 - 7:30pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Screening followed by a Q&A with Director Marilyn Ness, Nathan Schaefer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Val Bias of the National Hemophilia Foundation.

DCTV Presents, in collaboration with DocuClub, is excited to be joining forces to screen the fine cut of Bad Blood, a project fiscally sponsored by Arts Engine and once workshopped as a rough cut with DocuClub.

Through the eyes of survivors and family members, Bad Blood chronicles how a “miracle” treatment for hemophilia became an agent of death for 10,000 Americans. Challenging viewers to their own vigilance, this feature documentary humanizes this under-reported medical disaster, stimulating further and much-needed public debate about the government’s role and effectiveness in regulating the pharmaceutical industry today.


Marilyn Ness is Director/Producer/Writer of Bad Blood, and a two-time Emmy Award-winning documentary producer. She founded Necessary Films in 2005, directing short films for non-profits and developing documentaries including Bad Blood and GENOME: The Future Is Now. Prior to that, Ness spent four years as a producer for director Ric Burns, collaborating on four award-winning PBS films: Ansel Adams; The Center of the World; Andy Warhol; and Eugene O’Neil. Ness’s other credits include films for TLC, Court TV, and National Geographic, as well as films for the PBS series American Experience and the theatrical feature The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. She lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Nathan Schaefer is Director of Public Policy at Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's oldest AIDS Service Organization. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work. His career has focused on HIV/AIDS public policy and advocacy. Schaefer has worked for AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families as a government relations associate in Washington, DC, and for the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland as Director of Education and Public Policy.

Val Bias is CEO of the National Hemophilia Foundation (NHF), leading the organization to the forefront of the healthcare reform debate on such issues as the elimination of lifetime caps and pre-existing conditions with insurers. In addition he has greatly expanded the NHF’s research agenda and created the Women’s Health and Bleeding Disorders Institute to address the growing needs for awareness and treatment for women with bleeding disorders.


$8 / DCTV & DocuClub Members
$10 / Shooting People, IFP, NYWIFT Members
$12 / General