"The Pathological Optimist," the New Documentary About Controversial Anti-Vaccine Doctor, Andrew Wakefield, Now On DVD/VOD Worldwide
Released theatrically in the U.S. in 11 cities, "Miranda Bailey's documentary focuses on Andrew Wakefield delivering a personal profile that shies away from taking a stand on his controversial theories," writes the Hollywood Reporter. Awarded Best Director for a Documentary Feature at the 2017 Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles and Best Feature Documentary at the Manhattan Film Festival, Gravitas Ventures, is handling domestic rights (U.S. and Canada) while Cinema Libre Studio, the company behind the release of the controversial Andrew Wakefield directed "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe, is handling all other territories. The film is set to screen theatrically in Australia and the UK this Spring.
With THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST, director Miranda Bailey brings us a character study of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of 13 co-authors of a notorious 1998 paper in the UK medical Journal The Lancet, but who became the very public face of what has come to be known as "The Anti-Vax Movement." An expat from Britain who currently resides in Austin, Texas, Wakefield allowed Bailey and her team to follow him and his family for five years beginning in 2011 as he fought a defamation battle in the courts against the British Medical Journal and journalist Brian Deer. The results of that case – and the self-reflection, pronouncements, and observations of Wakefield, his legal team, wife, and his children – create a complex and incisive look at one of our era's most fear-provoking and continuingly provocative figures. THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST takes no sides, instead letting Wakefield and the battles he fought speak for themselves.
THE PATHOLOGICAL OPTIMIST is the sophomore directing effort of prolific indie producer Miranda Bailey, whose debut GREENLIT premiered to critical acclaim at SXSW in 2010. In a 15-year filmmaking career, Bailey has distinguished herself by producing over 20 films, among them the Oscar-nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE.
DVD (PAL format) TECHNICAL DETAILS:
Special Features: Interview: Andrew Wakefield Deals with Allegations, "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe"
Available on Vimeo (video on demand) in all territories except U.S, Canada and Israel and on Amazon in the U.K.
Public Performance licenses for outside of the US and Canada available here: http://cinemalibrestudio.com/
For information on the U.S. & Canadian release visit: http://www.thepathologicaloptimistfilm.com
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