Jim Allison: Breakthrough

  • Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond Madame Mars: Women and the Quest for Worlds Beyond


Sequoia 2 Sat, May 4, 2019 8:30 PM
Rafael 3 Sun, May 5, 2019 5:30 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:90 min.
Premiere Status:California
Director:Bill Haney
Producer:Jennifer Pearce
Screenwriter:Bill Haney
Cinematographer:Graham Talbot
Nelson Talbot
Editor:Peter Rhodes
Cast:Woody Harrelson
Print Source:Uncommon Productions
Note Writer:Joni Cooper


Spurred on to by his lifelong quest to find a cure for the cancer that killed his mother, renegade, harmonica-playing scientist Jim Allison uses an open heart, imagination, and courageous spirit to seek an answer. He’s relentless in his fight against the skeptics of the medical establishment, but when Sharon Belvin received a then-experimental drug based on Allison's research 17 years ago and her metastatic melanoma tumors vanished, an abiding sense of hope begins to take root. In 2018, this medical hero shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for launching an effective new way to attack cancer by treating the immune system rather than the tumor. The fascinating story of Allison's research is kept lively with simple animation, narration by Woody Harrelson, and harmonica riffs played alongside Willie Nelson.

IN PERSON: Director Bill Haney May 4; Producer Jennifer Pearce May 5

Quiet Hero: Jim Allison

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Bill Haney is a filmmaker, inventor, and entrepreneur. As a writer, director, and producer of both narrative and documentary films, he has won The Gabriel Prize, A Silver Hugo, and IDA’s Pare Lorentz Award. Haney’s portfolio as a filmmaker includes award-winning documentaries on socially important subjects such as coal mining (The Last Mountain) and worker exploitation (The Price of Sugar) and his work as writer-producer on Tim Disney’s civil rights drama, American Violet.