Directed by: Joe Gantz
Released: 2020 (educational)
Year of Production: 2019
Running Time: 122 min
Subtitle Options: English Closed Captions
Subjects: Physical and Mental Health, Science and Nature
Ending Disease is a documentary series that follows patients and their doctors in the first generation of FDA-approved clinical trials for stem cell, CAR-T cell, and antibody therapies.
Granted unprecedented access to groundbreaking trials taking place at top research facilities in the United States, our crew filmed through the duration of ten clinical trials that used regenerative medicine to treat brain cancer, breast cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, HIV, spinal cord injury, eye disease, and SCID.
Over the course of four episodes, the patients put their hope and their faith in the trials, and we witness as their illnesses are profoundly transformed by pioneering treatments.
Meanwhile, the scientists on the forefront of medical science must fight for those trials, as they know that medicine is on the cusp of a radical transformation where therapies will move away from chemo, radiation, surgeries, and a lifetime of treatment, and toward medicine that is less expensive, less toxic and most importantly, curative.
Ending Disease establishes without a doubt that we are in a historical time in medicine, where regenerative medicine is changing therapies from treatments to cures. The series takes the viewer through a powerful emotional journey as it weaves human stories of patients and their doctor working together on the frontier of medical science.
“The documentary reveals deeply human stories of patients and their doctors working together on the frontier of medical science."” – Girl Talk HQ
“Gantz expertly balances the importance of science with the emotions and humanity of family members facing life-threatening illnesses in a way that few other narratives or documentaries have.” – Georgi Presecky, Patch Chicago
“Ending Disease, directed by Emmy winner Joe Gantz (Taxicab Confessions), tells the stories of doctors and patients like Andrew in order to illustrate both medical breakthroughs and personal struggles with illness.” – Daniel Reynolds, The Advocate
About the filmmaker
Joe Gantz is a documentary filmmaker, TV producer, author, and social activist. His HBO film American Winter, about the human impact of poverty and the shrinking middle class in America, had a big part in the movement across the country to raise the minimum wage. Joe is known for the 14 year-long, Emmy winning, HBO series Taxicab Confessions which revealed the voice and heart of people of every background, telling their stories simply and honestly in the backseat of a cab. The series celebrated our differences and our commonalities, inspiring people to call Taxicab Confessions the most authentic show on television. Joe is currently finishing a new documentary, The Race to Save the World, on people who are in the trenches fighting climate change, often at great personal risk, to fight for a livable future.
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