How Much Do You Sacrifice to Survive?
IN THE FAMILY
The Acclaimed Film Confronts What Happens When a Genetic Test Result
Indicates the Likelihood of Breast and Ovarian Cancer
**National PUBLIC TELEVISION BROADCAST on October 1**
At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breasts and ovaries or risk overwhelming odds of developing cancer. Armed with a genetic test result that leaves her “a ticking time bomb,” she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility.
IN THE FAMILY follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate their way around the wrenching decisions associated with predictive genetic testing. Turning the camera on herself, Joanna bares her conflicting emotions about preventative surgery and the potential consequences, just as she and her partner contemplate a family together.
Joanna Rudnick is a filmmaker and the Director of Development with Kartemquin Films. Joanna has been working in documentary filmmaking for a decade. During her tenure at the American Masters series at WNET in New York, Joanna co-produced the award-winning film ROBERT CAPA IN LOVE AND WAR, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2003. She recently completed her directorial debut IN THE FAMILY, which will broadcast on P.O.V. (on PBS) on October 1, 2008. Joanna holds a master degree from NYU in Science and Environmental Reporting.
Advance Praise for IN THE FAMILY
“A sensitive, provocative, and important film. IN THE FAMILY bravely explores the emotional implications of predictive genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer. It challenges the stigma and secrecy associated with familial disease, while defending the rights of all populations to access genetic information and receive equitable health care.”
-Elizabeth Edwards, Breast Cancer Advocate
"I have never seen a film that revealed the human side of the new genetics more compellingly."
-Francis S. Collins, M.D., PH.D, Director of the Human Genone Project
“...delivers the heartfelt truth.”
-Albert Maysles, Co-Director of GREY GARDENS & GIMME SHELTER
“If the measure of a good film is that you're still thinking about it days later, then IN THE FAMILY is the best movie I’ve seen all year.” -Sommer Mathis, DCist.com
“Informative, enlightening, life-affirming, funny, and at times even infuriating.”
-Garry Denny, PUBLIC MEDIA DIGEST
“Deftly balances personal journal and objective examination of the issue. Rudnick is a charming host.” -WASHINGTON CITY PAPER
DVD Bonus Materials:
• Follow-Up: Where Are They Now? • Extra Scenes • Genetics FAQ • Discussion Guide
• Regular & Educational Chapters • Resources • Closed Captioning
**October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month**
IN THE FAMILY
83 minutes, color, 2008
A film by Joanna Rudnick
UPC: 720229913447 • Catalog #: FRF913447D
SRP: $24.95 /CAN.: $24.95
Pre-book: September 16, 2008 • Street Date: October 1, 2008