Production on In the Family continues

In the Family spent the last week of June filming in Washington DC. On June 27, Joanna presented a sample of the film to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This panel of government officials, researchers, and experts advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on genetic policy. Two days later, Joanna spoke and showed the sample in a policy briefing on Capitol Hill concerning the passage of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). We also interviewed Congresswomen Judy Biggert (R-IL), the Bill’s lead sponsor, for the film. You can find out more about GINA and the efforts to pass the Bill here. Continued

In the Family receives a grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust

In the Family recently received a grant from the Michael Reese Health Trust of Chicago. We are most grateful for their support. In other news, this February Joanna Rudnick and Gordon Quinn plan to present excerpts from the film in progress at "Joining Forces Against Hereditary Cancer," the first annual conference on hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, presented by FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered). This spring, we plan to launch an interactive website about the documentary. Continued

In the Family begins first shoot, receives Illinois grant support

This summer In the Family launched production by filming a support group for women who tested for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations. Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who participated in the support group, followed it up with a shoot with her family to explore their experience with testing. Currently, Joanna is working with genetic counselors to locate a woman and her family to follow through the testing process. In other news, The Illinois Humanities Council has awarded In the Family a $10,000 grant and invited Joanna to sit on the IHC's committee on genetics. The Illinois Arts Council has also shown their support of the project with a $14,000 production grant for the film. Continued