Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children


Film | Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 | 4:30 PM | $6

Hilleman: A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children

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The Twentieth-Century was a dangerous time to be young. Before vaccines, there were a multitude of diseases that too often kept children from reaching even their teenage years.  From the throws of that environment, Dr. Maurice Hilleman would emerge to lead a revolution in vaccine innovation and save many millions of young lives each year. But after being forced to retire at the height of his productivity in 1985, Hilleman watched as one company after another began to abandon vaccine research.  When parents began choosing not to vaccinate their children in the 1990s the cruel irony became clear; Hilleman’s unprecedented successes had allowed us to forget just how devastating childhood diseases could be.

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About Director Donald Rayne Mitchell:

Donald Rayne Mitchell (Director) is founder and owner of Eyeline Pictures, LLC.  Over the past 26 years he has directed television commercials, dramatic narrative and documentary films.  Known for his work with real people, he is adept at interviewing and crafting stories in the editing room.  Mitchell has written, produced, directed, and edited three short films and a trailer for his feature-length screenplay, Michael’s Fire. Since 1995, he has directed and edited numerous long-format pieces utilized for education, fundraising, and public relations purposes for health-care and non-profit organizations.  In addition, he is the winner of three Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Subsidy Grants as well as the recipient of two honors from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts: an Individual Artist Grant and a Media Arts Fellowship.

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On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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