Why Is This Project a Contribution?

    This film focuses on the potential weapons to fight superbugs in leading antibiotic-resistant diseases worldwide. To date, solutions for bacterial resistance have not been a central focus in other documentaries on the subject. The high danger of multi-resistant bacteria demands attention from several sources, each with its special virtues. Beating SuperBugs: Can We Win? will take place in the present and cover leading new developments that could save millions of lives in the future.     

What is your approach?

    At its widest angle, the film presents bacteria as our ancient ancestors, still intimately living with us and deserving of  care for our mutual health and the world's. Only some bacteria--antibiotic-resistant bacteria, superbugs--have gone awry and become our enemies. Four leading such bugs are paired with patients who've been their victims, presenting both microbial and human dramas as they battle each other. These personal profiles are interwoven with emerging scientific therapies central to the human side of the fight. The film also features interviews of key personnel in government and business who are collaborating in efforts to discover and provide new drugs at popular prices to patients worldwide, using inventive new business models. Classic archival photos and film clips are combined with the latest microphotography and with a quantity of scientifically-based custom animation to immerse the viewer in the microbial world.

Who is your audience?

    We aim to reach a worldwide audience of curious, generally educated viewers who may or may not know much about this subject. In the last decade, the press has popularized superbugs, making them somewhat familiar to the public. But the special nature and extensive threat of superbugs to all levels of society, no matter how affluent, may have escaped them. We show that bacteria in general--our four featured superbugs in particular--have proto-thought capabilities. This fact is just one of several featured in the film that are fresh to general science, and therefore, to the average viewer.  After initial release, this film will be available for conferences, conventions, and classrooms from middle school through university and continuing education, either in its original length, or in cut-down versions of 30, 20 and 15 minutesOur interactive Web site will also include a 5-to-7 minute trailer.  

What are your next steps?

In our post-production phase, we're still alert to the subject's constant new developments, we continue to: 

  • Identify, pre-interview, and select individuals to be featured.
  • Locate sources and obtain permissions for archival materials; take production footage; preview and log relevant visuals.
  • Animation design and development. 
  • Write custom grant proposals with synopsis, treatment and budget for foundations, corporations and private donors.
  • Designing the educational companion website.