Kartemquin's Director of Development Joanna Rudnick is scheduled to
participate in the closing plenary of the Grantmakers in Health National Conference in
Los Angeles in February 2008. The plenary, "Lights, Camera, Action:
Working with Media to Stimulate Change", will feature a campaign
director working with Michael Moore's Sicko, the
The holidays have come early for In the Family! In December we received a
$30,000 grant from the Michael Reese
Health Trust and $10,000 from the Jewish Women's Foundation of
Metropolitan Chicago. These grants will support our outreach and
education intiatives in 2008. This is the third year of support from MRHT
Martha Haley, one of the women featured in In the Family, is profiled in October's Chicago Magazine. Martha is speaking out against the racial inequalities in breast cancer mortality rates: "These are mothers and sisters who have value in the community—mothers and sisters who make the community...I'm tired of saying goodbye to women who should still be here." Read the full article.
On July 25, as part of Genetics Day on the Hill, Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick traveled to Washington DC to meet with Senators, legislative aides, and other policymakers to advocate for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which is on the verge of passing after 12 years. Learn more about GINA, and how to contact your senator about this important bill, here.
In the Family Producer Joanna Rudnick and Associate producer Beth Iams attended the kick-off event for the Associate Board of the Chicago Center For Jewish Genetic Disorders last night. Joanna and Beth talked about the film and the potential for collaboration with the CCJGD in their efforts to educate high-risk young women about genetic testing for BRCA. Approximately 1 out of 40 individuals of Ashkenazi descent carry a BRCA mutation.