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Jim Allison: Breakthrough

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Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer, the disease that killed his mother. Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world—a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer—but for decades, he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, and featuring music by Allison’s fellow Texan and friend Willie Nelson, with a powerful score by Mark Orton, Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring world of cutting-edge medicine and into the heart of a true scientific pioneer.

We are aware that this event takes place during Rosh Hashana, but due to Jim Allison’s availability this was the only night we could schedule the Q&A.


Tickets: $10 (members), $15 (nonmembers)


Q&A Nobel Prize-winning scientist/ film subject Jim Allison & filmmaker Bill Haney with JBFC Programming Director Brian Ackerman
Monday, Sep. 30 2019, 7:00
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Dr. Jim Allison, winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Dr. Tasuku Honjo, has spent a distinguished career studying the regulation of T cell responses and developing strategies for cancer immunotherapy. He is the Vivian L. Smith Distinguished Chair in Immunology, Director of the Parker Institute for Cancer Research, and the Executive Director of the Immunotherapy Platform at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. Among many honors, he is a member of the National Academies of Science and Medicine and was awarded their Jessie Stevenson Kovelenko Medal in 2018.

Bill Haney is a filmmaker, inventor, and entrepreneur. He's made 15 narrative and documentary films including The Last Mountain and The Price of Sugar, and won The Gabriel Prize, A Silver Hugo, The Earthwatch Award, A Marine Conservation Award, and an Amnesty International Award. Currently, he is the co-founder and CEO of Dragonfly Therapeutics and Skyhawk Therapeutics, biotech companies developing drugs to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

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