On the 6th of May, 2005 four documentary filmmakers set out on a journey around the world to help make a difference in the lives of billions. Insect born diseases's infect billions of innocent people (including Americans) every year! Insect populations are rising so rapidly that it is resulting in the death of more and more Americans annually. Will malaria continue to take more lives than any other dis-ease in the history of mankind? This question and many more are rigorously investigated.
May 6th, 2005:Dr. Rutledge and his team traveled around the world for forty days and forty nights. No we're not kidding! It’s true! They went to South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, Northern and Southern India, Bali, Indonesia, and Malaysia. They interviewed African and Indian Governments, charitable organizations, scientists, politicians, doctors, clinics, victims, and survivors to take an in depth look into a disease that has killed more people and animals that any disease known -- Malaria. As you read this, a woman or child dies every 12 seconds. The saddest thing of all? Malaria is completely preventable -- completely.
September 10th, 2005:The team stormed Washington DC and NYC to explore and expose the politics of domestic and international environmental policies never truly understood publicly that helped forge the crucifixion of billions. When the EPA, Greenpeace, Audubon, World Wildlife Fund, and Sierra refused interviews, Dr. Rutledge knew they had touched a nerve. They Interviewed Richard Tren and Roger Bate of American Enterprise Institute and Africa Fighting Malaria. Paul Driessen author of Eco-Imperialism, Dennis T Avery author of Saving the Planet with Pesticides and Plastics, Dr. Elizabeth Whelan author of Toxic Terror and Dr. Gill Ross of the American Council on Science and Health, as well as Roy Innis and Cyril Boynes of the Congress of Racial Equality. These interviews were stark -- the information appalling.
September 25th, 2005:The team hit the streets of Los Angeles to interview the public. It was CRAZY and fun! Wait until you hear what they had to say!
October 20th, 2005:The team set out to the beautiful American Naval base in San Diego, CA to interview the former American Surgeon General of the Navy Dr. Harold M. Koenig MD about politics and Malaria. A great interview! This guy is loaded with insight, particularly about government policy and how it affects our troops in ways the average American could not even fathom. After the Naval base, they interviewed a member of the Sierra Club in regard to wetland preservation the preferred habitat of mosquitos, some of which carry West Nile virus and many other deadly diseases. We also visited the San Diego Wild Animal Park to see one of the very few bald eagles in captivity.
November 14th, 2005:The team interviews Co-founder of GreenPeace’s Patrick Moore. With riveting insight about the tactics environmental NGOs employ to paralyze an already fearful public -- Patrick tells all.
November 20th, 2005:The team leaves for Central America, Panama to interview Dr. William Campbell Douglass II MD author of many books, about malaria and politics. Dr. Douglass' aged-wine knowledge and wisdom is priceless and palate ready. Malaria is still prevalent in Central America. They will film one of the greatest accomplishments in the history of man kind -- the Panama Canal. Many thousands of American and Panamanian men and women died of Malaria and Yellow fever while trying to build this canal -- one of the greatest wonders of the world.
April 10th, 2006:Dr. Rutledge writes an article about the ban of DDT and what he has discovered and it is published by the American Council on Science and Heath. You can read it here: http://www.acsh.org/factsfears/newsID.725/news_detail.asp
April 25th, 2006:After an Anonymous tip, the team leaves out for and camps out for 4 days at the National Archives in Maryland to pour though over 49 boxes of materials that was the basis of the ban of DDT. What they found will blow your mind. They actually photocopied the 9312 page trial hearing transcripts that was recorded over 7 months of the hearings. All the top scientist of the world at that time testified at that hearing! Can you say, the team hit pay dirt?!? What they find will astonish you...
June 9th, 2006:The team starts to log all the footage they shot! Ughhh! They have over 150 hours of footage!!! Ay yi yi! Looks like they will be at this a WHILE. For those of you that dont know, it takes at least 3-4 hours of real time to log 1 hour of footage... One has to watch the tape and type it all up into a spread sheet EVERYTHING seen and said by EVERYONE! OMG!
July 1st, 2006:Dr Rutledge has an article "The Human toll of the DDT ban" published in the magazine American Chemistry.
August 4th, 2006:Dr. Rutledge flies to Portland Oregon to speak to the group Doctors For Disaster Preparedness. This is a very distinguished group of research scientists and doctors. Dr. Rutledge speaks to the group about DDT and furthering the work of the late Dr. J Gordon Edwards. He show them a few hard hitting clips shot in Africa and Washington DC.
September 13th, 2006:The team went and hunted down Rachel Carson's grave marker in Rockville, Maryland... Wait 'till you see what happened while at the gravesite! They caught it ALL on camera. You can't make this stuff up!
September 25th, 2006:Dr. Rutledge sets out to interview the man that started it all... William Ruckelshaus. Do you think this interview is riveting? Well, you will just have to see the film and see!
October 4th, 2006:The team leaves for Lake Tahoe to interview Dr. Author Robinson, George Gilder, and Steven Forbes. This was a very dynamic group of one on one interviews... You will be shocked and amazed at the "matter of fact" statements these men make...What they have to say should surely make it into the film!
December 1st, 2006:Dr Rutledge and Helene Udy go through literally hundreds of editor submissions... Everyone from VERY well known talented narrative movie editors to documentary editors to folks that just started editing yesterday lol. They narrowed it down to around 20 interviews! From those, down to 5... They finally decided to go with Dennis Pryzwara who edited the first famous Bush video and the Award winning feature documentary Jam. The team is happy to have him aboard!
January 26th, 2007:Dennis the editor is STILL loading all the shot footage into the AVID editing system! Should be editing soon!
May 1st 2007:Editing editing editing! On Sunday the team just dropped everything and took a trip to Venice beach with the camera crew and decide to just ask people on the boardwalk what their take is on DDT! Most either don't know what it is or they think it is poison - really bad stuff. Oh, and they met a REAL "dummie".
July 10th, 2007:The team continues to wade through what seems like oceans of research to get to the bottom of the whole story... From Genocide, to the Bush Family, to Hitler... Death seems to surround this subject as far back as Alexander the Great!
August 30th, 2007:The team has been viewing what seems like hundreds of hours of archived footage to be able to tell the history of the story! They have collected footage from all over the country! Rare news footage from the 1970's as well as the infamous CBS 1 hour special Rachel Carson's Silent Spring... Wow is this footage something!
October 31st, 2007:The team went out to the park not far away and filmed American kids playing and got a tip on a children's dance studio they might just HAVE to film... Those kids are such delights!
February 22nd, 2008:Still Editing editing editing! This film is being made Cinema verte style... Which is generally the hardest (yet most compelling) story to tell... Cinema verte style means that there is NO shooting script to edit the story by... So, the story has to be found in the footage... Where the HECK is it?!? LOL!
May 27th, 2008:Dennis the editor had to leave the project for another editing job... Time to hire a new editor! Back to hundreds of submissions I suppose... We will keep you posted!
July 10th, 2008:After a bit of down time editing, but still doing research (it seems it never ends!) Dr. Rutledge and Helene decide bring Mako Kamitsuna, a talented Japanese young female hip editor. Nothing like a woman's touch! They are excited to get back to the edit...
November 20th, 2008:Graphics are now being designed for the film! Wowza! 40 something graphics! This is no lite undertaking!
April 10th, 2009:Graphics and editing STILL happening... Who knew it takes soooo long to make a feature documentary! The first editor, Dennis Pryzwara failed to tell us that the great documentary Jam that he worked on had 2 editors and took 4 years to edit!
December 20th, 2009:Well, many assistant editors have come and gone... The film is STILL being edited and graphics are being designed... We are beginning to feel as though there is no light at the end of the tunnel... Who knew how long it takes to make a film on this subject?!?
January 20th, 2010:The film is finally ready to be scored! Debbie Gibson and Rudy Haeusermann come on board to start composing all original score music!
April 1st, 2010:The Music is coming along great! Wait till you hear the end title credit song Rise that was written and produced specifically for the film... It will blow you away!
April 25th, 2010:The team brings Ryan Martin on board to edit and oversee the finishing of the film in post production. We are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! A REAL film is being birthed here! We are having "first child" jitters!
July 10th, 2010:The music is now completely finished! The film is going into post production finishing for sound clean up, color correction and, ALL the rest! (And the "rest" is a LOT)
July 18th, 2010:We will be doing some public screenings of the film soon in Los Angeles so, stay tuned! As you can see, we have put years into this film and we hope you say... "It was definitely worth it!"
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