In the Family cited in Washington Post article on genetic patenting debate

Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick and her film In the Family have the final word in a recent Washington Post article on the ACLU lawsuit against Myriad Genetics' patenting of the test to detect the BRCA gene mutation. The article by Kari Lydersen outlines the arguments on both sides of the case, featuring comments from representatives of the ACLU and Myriad, before ending with the following passage: Continued

Joanna Rudnick honored with FORCE Spirit of Empowerment award

Kartemquin would like to congratulate director/producer Joanna Rudnick for receiving a FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered) 'Spirit of Empowerment Award.' Joanna will be honored in the Arts and Media category for giving "a powerful and moving voice to the hereditary cancer community" through her award-winning film In the Family.  The inaugural Spirit of Empowerment awards will be presented on June 26, 2010 at the 5th Annual Joining FORCEs Conference in Orlando, FL. Get more information. Continued

In the Family at the heart of gene patenting debate

"Should human genes ever be the subject of patent protection?" - Wall St. Journal Media coverage about the issue of gene patenting has increased in recent weeks relating to a landmark legal case on behalf of several patients who carry the BRCA1 and BRCA1 genes, filed against the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Myriad Genetics. Last week the Wall. St. Journal had an article about the case, and the issue of gene patenting was also the focus on NPR Radio's Science Friday. Continued

Award-winning Kartemquin films now on iTunes!

U.S. users of iTunes can now download two acclaimed Kartemquin documentaries. Find festival favorite Milking the Rhino and the 2008 Peabody award-winning Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research by searching for "Independent Lens" in the iTunes store. Both films are $9.99. Kartemquin looks forward to reading your reviews on the site. Also, read Cecilia Wendiga's excellent blog post about Milking the Rhino for some links to recent outreach events related to the film, and some valuable background information on community-based conservation in Africa. Continued