Thursday, July 31, 2014

Invisible Threat Just Became Visible


Invisible Threat is a documentary written, produced and directed by student filmakers from Carlsbad High school and their award-winning broadcast journalism program CHSTV Films.  It is an exquisitely done short film about the vaccine-autism manufactroversy.  CHSTV Films was approached by the Rotary Club International to produce a film about the immune system and how vaccines work to support their "Don't Wait, Vaccinate!" program.  However, the student broadcast journalists of CHSTV Films had their own idea:
But the young people and their advisors thought the Rotary proposal — to make a 20-minute educational film explaining how the immune system and immunization work — seemed boring, they said. And they bristled when the Rotarians told them how the movie should be made, added Bradley Streicher, one of the students who worked on it.
"We said, if we do this, we have to do this on our terms," he said. "We wanted to explore this from both sides."
Little did these students know what they were about to embark upon and the vitriol they would have to endure to see this documentary completed and released.  Over a year prior to completing the film, the North County Times of Escondido, CA reported on it and the hate blog Age of Autism wasted no time sliming the students and their project.  Links to the NC Times are dead, I understand the paper folded and fortunately for the Age of Autism denizens their vicious comments railing against the student journalists involved with Invisible Threat can no longer be seen.  However, the school received numerous threatening and harassing phone calls and their Facebook page continues to get nasty ad hominem comments (which are deleted).

The adult volunteers involved with Invisible Threat were rightfully concerned for the students' safety and wanted to terminate the project.  The students were not deterred however and it was then that they became the teachers and convinced the parent/teacher volunteers to forge ahead.
It was outrageous to me that the adults would cave to the intimidation. My passion for not backing down was as a student broadcast journalist and the lessons I’d learned making our first film, We Must Remember. In response to that film, it was white supremacists who were angry and contacting us, but we didn’t drop the project. The documentary was about American teens who discover the horrors of the Holocaust first hand by interviewing survivors, traveling to several concentration camps in Europe, and interviewing German teens with Nazi grandparents. The Academy Award winning producer for Schindler’s List, Branko Lustig, took our team to Croatia for the international premiere. There the filmmakers had the opportunity to speak to Serbian, Muslim, and Croatian teens about the lesson we learned. We Must Remember was made to promote tolerance and alert people to the dangers of bullying, while teaching history from a peer-to-peer approach. How could we back down from a topic because of bullying after what we learned and experienced with We Must Remember? The adults weren’t budging until I asked them to “Remember what happens when good people do nothing!
The documentary was completed and select screenings were arranged.  Apparently one that took place on Capitol Hill provoked a new round of vapid criticisms, oddly by those who hadn't even seen the film.
Focus Autism and AutismOne organizations complained about the movie's Rotary Club backing and about the involvement of Dr. Paul Offit, a University of Pennsylvania pediatrician and immunization proponent. They argued that "Invisible Threat" was "scripted with industry talking points" and that the movie seemed to be the work of adults operating under false pretenses, not students.
It is important to note that AutismOne is a notorious anti-vaxx organisation who gives a platform to fraudulent researcher Andrew Jeremy Wakefield, showcases horrible and abusive "autism treatments" such as bleach enemas, DIY faecal transplants, chemical castration and chelation and off-label prescription drug use.  Until this year, anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy sponsored Autism One conferences and still owns Generation Rescue an alleged autism charity that promotes unproven and dangerous "autism treatments" along with funding anti-vaxx "studies".  Focus Autism is another faux "autism resource" whose members and founders disseminate the discredited vaccine autism causation idea.  They attack perceived enemies as well as allies who don't toe their party line.

These are the groups and individuals with a clear axe to grind because they are the very types Invisible Threat features in their documentary.  But these are not particularly rational nor ethical people to begin with given what they advocate for.

The film has been completed, distributed to academic and public health institutions and has received glowing reviews and endorsements.  Invisible Threat has been scheduled to be released in conjunction with the 2014 National Immunization Awareness Month.  If you are a public health official, school administrator, healthcare provider or member of an academic institution, please visit Every Child By Two or contact ThreatInfo@gmail.com to arrange for a screening and/or get a copy of Invisible Threat.  Please support these amazing students and their broadcast journalism program while educating the public about the threat to our health and well-being due to falling vaccination rates.  A student involved with the production of Invisible Threat made an amazingly eloquent statement about what she learned during the making of the film:
"My personal conclusion is that vaccinations causing autism is a social controversy, not a scientific one."

20 comments:

  1. Investigate before you vaccinate!

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    1. I have and I vaccinate thankyouverymuch.

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  2. As a society we need to independently investigate everything we have been told about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. The account of that said vaccine safety and effectiveness; historically and currently, has been majorly overstated. They in so called authority have everything to lose if the real vaccine truth were known by the general public, and if ever admitted to across the board. In fact to fully realize what the real and as well actual scientific study truth is, it all amounts to a situation and the realization and conclusion being made that vaccines and the current multiple vaccines and doses vaccine schedule is doing far more harm than good in regard to the over-all health of children everywhere. You need to wake up and question everything you have ever been told. You will never realize the reality of what you refuse to actually confront, and to do the independent and unbiased research on, as to this issue. This is not simply conspiracy theories. These are and amount to real life facts.

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    1. "the current multiple vaccines and doses vaccine schedule is doing far more harm than good in regard to the over-all health of children everywhere."

      Citation needed. Provide the PubMed indexed studies by reputable qualified researchers to support that statement.

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    2. As a society we need to independently investigate everything we have been told about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.

      And I suppose one does that with your sources written by illiterate drunk Lowell Hubbs?

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    3. The study references are in the page you were provided. Perhaps you should spend more time in review of that information, instead of only conducting childish personal attacks.

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    4. Mr. Hubbs, the pages are cluttered nonsense.

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  3. The Current Failure of Pertussis and Measles Vaccine
    http://www.vacfacts.info/the-current-failure-of-pertussis-and-measles-vaccine.html

    Failure Of The Continued Polio Vaccine Campaign
    http://www.vacfacts.info/failure-of-the-continued-polio-vaccine-campaign.html

    Gardasil-The Flagship Example of the Failure of Vaccine Authorities to Regulate and Assure Vaccine Safety-I Am NOT a Coincidence
    http://www.vacfacts.info/gardasil-the-flagship-example-of-the-failure-of-vaccine-authorities-to-regulate-and-assure-vaccine-safety.html

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    1. That website is not a reliable source of information. It is in fact a mess of web design. I did get pull out the source of it, and look at what I found: "name='description' content='Lowell Hubbs, The truth about vaccines and modern medicine, Lowell Hubbs'"

      Well isn't that interesting. It is a well known fact that Mr. Hubbs is neither qualified nor reputable. In the future please use real citations if you want to convince us of anything.

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    2. @ Wildman, the "source" you list illustrate precisely what happens when unqualified, paranoid, prone-to-conspiracy people think they can know more than professionals.

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    3. That website is actually well organized and contains more factual data and the proof of it than obviously you can handle. You refuse to educate yourself to the actual truth and reality, and that is your choice. Anyone can review that information and realize in honesty how foolish you actually look. Your sick blog link means nothing to me, and as I know what the truth is, verses the misinformation and irrelevance it all represents. The sickness that comes from people just like yourselves, that know you can not in any actual honesty debate this issue at all. The evidence and as well the real scientific study evidence against vaccines is simply to massive. You people are NOT professionals, and nor are the Pediatricians that push the vaccines. None of the so believed authorities such as the CDC, AAP, and Offit; are professionals. You are entirely delusional. The medical profession is largely clueless as to the harm they continue to do.

      If you do not think I have enough actual scientific study data alone to prove the fact that vaccines have never been proven as safe; you have not looked at what is there. If you want to simply and only re-parrot the false vaccine propaganda and cherry pick only the studies that the CDC allows recognition of; then this is not any form of a debate, whatsoever, and it never is. You people simply can not be wrong, and you will always refuse to be wrong.

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    4. Considering that I am a highly-educated, properly trained research scientist, why on Earth would I care to consider the drunken ramblings of Lowell Hubbs superior to studies conducted by actual experts?

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  4. I have to laugh... Pharma junkies packaged a movie and slapped some high-school kids name on it to make it sound.... I don't know maybe less "corporate". Changing the PR packaging will not undue the knowledge that is already apparent.

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    1. Do you find just making stuff up out of thin air as satisfying as name calling? You seem to be excelling in both.

      By the way, what is cheaper: treating measles or preventing it with two MMR doses? Provide actual economic data.

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    2. I guess Anonymous is intimidated by such documentaries. I think the "Greater Good" was simply a poorly-done movie by those with an agenda but I don't think for a moment that it was a front for anything. It's sad that silly conspiracies have to explain everything for the poor Anons of the world.

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    3. It is as simple as this. After doing the needed independent and unbiased research as many people now have; and as you people refuse to even acknowledge exists in the world; people can use their own reasoning and cognitive ability to determine which is information is far more accurate; this articles page; or this articles page. It is not a matter of just unquestionbly believing whatever the fear mongering and falsely believed so called authorities tell you.

      http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/09/reporters-the-next-generation.html

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    4. How about the movie, SILENT EPIDEMIC: The Untold Story of Vaccines? Is that all a bunch of nonsense to you and in your mind, as well? Nothing would be enough, would it.

      http://vaccineliberationarmy.com/2013/10/09/gary-null-documentary-trailer-silent-epidemic-vaccines/

      http://www.cinemaartscentre.org/event/silent-epidemic-the-untold-story-of-vaccines/

      http://www.garynull.com/Scripts/pfpremiere.asp

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    5. Ya gotta love this guy' "experts". Gary Null? He's a PhD in nutrition, not an MD, and has been hawking several snake-oil products, then turned on some of his fringy suppliers and sued them when the products were discovered not to be what they were advertised to be. This bozo considers Lowell and Null credible in the slightest? What a maroon...

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