[act-ma] 10/13/09 4:30pm Premiere of Under The Eightball @ Brattle Theater with the producers + CT Show dates
1800capone at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 12:15:01 PDT 2009
Go to http://undertheeightball.com/ to see the previews.
If anyone with a radio show or tv show would like to interview the producers
they will be in Boston to premiere the film on Oct. 12th and 13th. Contact
About *Under The Eightball*
In 1951 at Fort Detrick, Maryland, construction crews built a hollow metal
sphere four stories high. Inside germ weapons were to be exploded, creating
mists of infectious aerosols for testing on animals....and people. Employees
called it the eight ball.
In the summer of 2006 my sister Lori was afflicted with an illness that, ten
months later, has yet to be definitively diagnosed. Less than one year ago
she had full function of her body, regularly riding bicycles, swimming and
gardening with her son Jackson. One day, while helping Jackson onto his
bicycle her leg gave way beneath her and she collapsed. Although it felt no
different it just wouldn’t respond.
She quickly sought treatment for what she thought was simply a pinched
nerve. However, after seeing a specialist she was told that due to the
quickly lost muscle function Guilian Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune
disease, could be the culprit. She was started on a rigorous and extremely
expensive course of intravenous immunoglobulin, or IVIG, which boosts
antibodies to help the good guys fight the bad guys. But why after a month
of treatments, when improvements should be seen in a few weeks, was Lori not
getting better but getting worse?
Countless hours and myriad visits to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City,
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and other traditional and homeopathic
specialists only fueled confusion and frustration. Lori soon lost function
in her other leg and motion in her hands deteriorated. Finally, after months
of testing, poking, scraping, and analyzing, the diagnoses began arriving.
They seemed forced and without tangible evidence, some symptoms conflicting
with others: Guilian Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus, Lyme
disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, then Lyme disease again, Lou Gehrig’s disease
again. Once being told by her neurologist that “Everyone dies”.
During one visit to the doctor’s we crossed paths with a friend who had
recently been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. What were the odds that two
people who knew each other would contract similar disease in such a short
time? we began to dig a little deeper. Lori realized that she knew of five
people in her neighborhood that had been diagnosed with MS, ALS,
fibromyalgia or a similar degenerative disease. This could not be a
Two diagnoses took rein: Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS, incurable and fatal,
and Lyme disease, an easily treatable and often durable ailment.
At the time my knowledge of Lyme was the same as others --What’s Lyme? A
disease -- How do you get it? Ticks – What does it do? Makes you sick.
Right? – Well, Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose with its vague flu-like
symptoms. However, when Lori described a bite she had that was surrounded
with Lyme’s trademark round red rash, commonly called a “bulls-eye”, why
didn’t doctors start her on a routine regimen of antibiotics? If untreated
Lyme’s can cause debilitating arthritis and joint swelling, meningitis,
blindness, fatigue, droopy eyes and other serious conditions. Why wouldn’t
doctors prescribe the harmless antibiotics?
We were all very scared at what was happening to Lori and we had discovered,
but even more frightening was the possibility that this was something that
could have been prevented.... or worse that it was intentional in the name
science and National Security... I had questions... many questions. And I'd
be damned if they went unanswered.
From: Andalusian Dogs <undertheeightball at gmail.com>
Subject: Under The Eightball Show dates
We are pleased to announce a series of prerelease dates. Under the
Eightball will be shown ---
*October 13 The Brattle Theater Boston MA *
40 Brattle St Cambridge, MA 02138
*October 14 The Greater Hartford Lyme Disease Support and Action
* *Farmington/Unionville Senior Community Center, 321 New Britian Ave
Information: Randy at 860-658-9938 * *
*October 15 University of Hartford Hartford CT*
* 7:00 pm FREE*
200 Bloomfield Avenue West Hartford, CT 06117
- (860) 768-4073
*October 17 Tribeca Grill Manhattan NY*
*Private media screening*
We are setting our national release dates for November. We are looking for
people that would like to help promote the film. If you are interested,
please write back to info at andalusiandogs.net Things we are looking for;
help with flyering, forwarding e-mails with dates and times, interviews
and media help, and people that would like to be present the film in their
area. If you are interested in presenting Under The Eightball we can assist
you in arranging this with your local theater.
Previous screenings have been received with enthusiastic acclaim--
"A scene I will remember until the day I die... a significant news story"
~ Brad Aspey NPR
Please help us make a difference... together we can make a change.
Director Under the Eightball
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