Our Purpose

Recombinant Films produces cutting-edge, viewer-accessible, human-oriented science documentaries.

Our Current Project:: A feature-length documentary film entitled BEATING SUPERBUGS: CAN WE WIN? brings together patients, doctors, and research scientists with government and economic representatives, all of whom are working on solutions to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Separately and together, they are developing innovative and practical new ways to fight the debilitating and sometimes fatal effects of the superbug threat, while simultaneously preserving human and environmental health.

This superbug could kill you ...

This internationally targeted documentary, for a generally educated but uninitiated audience, emphasizes our ancestral link to bacteria. It explores how certain rogue bacteria--superbugs--became champions of antibiotic resistance. The science part of the film focuses on five of the CDC's top superbug threats: tuberculosis; staph, or MRSA; multiple drug resistant TB (MDR-TB); an intestinal infection, C. difficile; resistant gonorrhea; and the CREs, a family of bacteria affecting multiple human organs. The film pairs patient and doctor stories with a variety of emerging treatments that fight these superbugs.

Vital to the success of these scientist- soldiers are government and economic experts who overview ingenious collaborative plans to provide new or renewed antibiotics for a universal market at reasonable prices. In its infancy, this promising collaboration needs informed public support to move ahead swiftly, lest an ominous estimate occurs: Unless we do something now to thwart superbugs, they will replace cancer as the world's chief killer by mid-21st century.

Creative Approach: The film moves easily and often between the human and microbial worlds, helping to cement their underlying unity. First-rate animations and microphotography quickly take us between both realms. All the while, human suffering, expectation, determination and dedication by sufferers and scientists--ethnically and economically diverse--are pitted against the survival-oriented "strategic thinking" of superbugs. Each of the five resistant bacteria of our focus is shown in criminal profile, the better to block their MO. This alert to the superbug danger and leading medical solutions provides a necessary platform for understanding global government and business plans underway to speed both new scientific discoveries and their arrival to a mass market. We know of no other film yet released that focusses on solutions to superbugs, nor to these basic positive strategies to tackle them.

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Nonprofit Fiscal Sponsor: Our 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor is Catticus Corporation of Berkeley, California. Since 1980, Catticus has sponsored educational media for public radio and television, including more than three dozen television projects. Catticus handles funds from major sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Park Foundation, the California Council for the Humanities, and many other foundations and private donors. Its board includes educators, film producers, historians and business executives. All donations to this project through Catticus are fully tax-deductible. Click here to support "Beating SuperBugs: Can We Win?"

"'BEATING SUPERBUGS: CAN WE WIN?' is a film that everyone should see. The filmmakers have taken an incredibly timely subject--antibiotic resistant bacteria-- and made it both compelling and packed with vital information."

Jeremiah Birnbaum,

President, San Francisco Film School