In one of the most controversial films of 2016, Vaxxed, Director Andrew Wakefield and Producer Del Bigtree dive into the deep end of pharmaceutical industry business practices, enormous profits, vaccine protocols, scientific studies and the unprecedented surge in diagnosed autism. In 2013, biologist Dr. Brian Hooker received a call from a Senior Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who led the agency’s 2004 study on the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and its link to autism. The scientist, Dr. William Thompson, confessed that the CDC had omitted crucial data in their final report that revealed a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. Over several months, Dr. Hooker records the phone calls made to him by Dr. Thompson who provides the confidential data destroyed by his colleagues at the CDC. Dr. Hooker enlists the help of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the British gastroenterologist falsely accused of starting the anti-vax movement when he first reported in 1998 that the MMR vaccine may cause autism. In his ongoing effort to advocate for children’s health, Vaxxed examines the evidence behind an appalling cover-up committed by the government agency charged with protecting the health of American citizens. Interviews with pharmaceutical insiders, doctors, politicians, and parents of vaccine-injured children reveal an alarming deception that has contributed to the skyrocketing increase of autism and potentially the most catastrophic epidemic of our lifetime. Producer Bigtree joins us for a conversation on what his film Vaxxed is and is not and why seeing it may change the way see drug companies and the government agencies charged with regulating them.
“It’s a polemic. But it’s a passionate advocate for its viewpoint, and that makes for compelling viewing.” – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
“The information in Vaxxed is stunning. The passion generated motivates the viewer to urge others to see this film—as I so do—or inspires the threatened viewer to squelch the film as much as possible.” – Don Schwartz, Marin Post