De Niro pulls Andrew Wakefied film from Tribeca Film Fest

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26 Mar 2016, 10:37 pm

Statement on Festivals Facebook Page

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2016 Statement from Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, regarding VAXXED at the Festival:
“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.
The Festival doesn't seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.”
3/25/2016 Statement from Robert De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, regarding VAXXED at the Festival:
“Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”


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27 Mar 2016, 12:39 am

A bit of common sense from De Niro

In his defense he was just trying to be impartial earlier...



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27 Mar 2016, 4:28 am

I agree. At least he had the courage to admit that the committee had made a mistake and he put that right.

Sadly, I don't think enough people know the full extent of the fraud that wakefield tried to perpetrate and that the base of all of it was financial greed.

So many people will ignore the truth of the matter, brilliantly and clinically exposed by the award winning journalist Brian Deer. He laid it all out in The Times newspaper for all to see, but I guess there are none so blind......


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28 Mar 2016, 7:56 am

Both "Neurotribes" and "In a Different Key" autism history books as well as others claim that the anti vax movement peaked in the early 2000's and has declined a lot since. I could not disagee more. These journalists are reading to much mainstream media which is where they come from. Public opinion in 2016 is formed online a lot. There is a rare online discussion about autism no matter what the original topic was that does not turn into a vaccine causation debate. It seems everytime a study comes out saying there is no connection the anti vax movement grows substantially. We are in in an an era when anything any authority or expert does is assumed to be a malicious conspiracy.


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29 Mar 2016, 8:34 am

Apart from the vaccine controversy, I see the Tribeca Film Festival (a twin of the much older Sundance Film Festival) as having capitulated to the demands of others to restrict free speech. For a film festival to accept a film only to turn around and reject it is cowardly and sniveling, in my opinion. Typical, I suspect, considering its hometown influences. To quote the character John Hancock of the Broadway musical, 1776, "What in Hell goes on in New York?"


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29 Mar 2016, 8:36 am

Considering the nature of the film being rejected/withdrawn, I'm very happy with the "capitulation".

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29 Mar 2016, 8:45 am

"And, we have a vote FOR restricting free speech, ladies and gentlemen!" [crickets chirp]

Really?!?

Evelyn Beatrice Hall stated famously in 1906 that "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." It is too bad that anybody wouldn't disagree with that sentiment. Is America still America?

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29 Mar 2016, 8:52 am

The movie still exists. You can download it and view it on line. It has not been banned, only rejected from being shown at a film festival. It would be the same as a father prohibiting porn on Family Movie Night - the porn is still available; it's just not being shown in one venue.

Besides, just because a movie is available does not make it's showing mandatory, and just because someone has something to say does not make it mandatory for others to listen.

And since De Niro is one of the founders of the Tribeca Film Festival, he is well within his rights to pull any film that he submits, thus making the whole matter a non-issue being blown out of proportion by a few hysterical people in the media.


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29 Mar 2016, 9:03 am

I didn't describe the film as being banned, but restricted. Your sentiments would be valid if the Tribeca Film Festival hadn't already accepted the film for screening (contractual obligations and such). Since it did so, any subsequent restriction by the festival is fraught (love that word) with hostile meaning and potential lawsuits. Sure, the festival may legally do (mostly) what it chooses to do, but at this late stage in the game, the communications and entertainment world knows what it has been done. The taint won't come clean on this one.


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29 Mar 2016, 9:16 am

Any "taint" is solely related to the subject of the film itself - the lies and deceptions perpetrated by Dr. Wakefield to advance his own agenda and increase his own wealth and credibility. That his plan unraveled so quickly (but not before causing irreparable harm to un-vaccinated children) obviates the transparency of the fraud he inflicted on the world through this execrable piece of propaganda.

Again, Mr. DeNiro is a founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, and since he introduced the film, he is well within his rights and ethics to withdraw it.

Why don't YOU set up your own film festival just to show this travesty of video journalism? While you're at it, you could also show Griffith's "Birth Of A Nation" (1915), and "The Jazz Singer" (1927) - both fine examples of cinamatic propaganda.


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29 Mar 2016, 12:16 pm

Fake outrage. Pulling the film is the best thing that could ever happen for the vaccines cause Autism cause. The film is getting free publicity in the major on and offline media outlets.


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29 Mar 2016, 6:12 pm

ASPartOfMe wrote:
Fake outrage. Pulling the film is the best thing that could ever happen for the vaccines cause Autism cause. The film is getting free publicity in the major on and offline media outlets.
A quick review of the popular media shows how quickly this issue has "dropped off the page".


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02 Apr 2016, 9:18 am

The film has a one week release at the prestigous Angelika Theater in NYC and may play elsewhere.

I Watched The Anti-Vaxx Doc Booted From TriBeCa Film Festival And It Was Insane - Daily Beast

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The film was, in a word, overwhelming. Full of dark music, white type on a black screen, toddlers red faced and screaming, and a hysterical young boy threatening to kill his dad. There were parents weeping over home videos of their kids, and a brother pleading with his parents not to vaccinate his little sister, whom he’s pushing in a swing beside him.


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What the film lacked in clear, comprehensive facts, it made up for in emotion. Image after image of parents with their autistic children filled the screen, most plugged into a specific, gut-wrenching formula. First, home videos, showing a bubbly toddler playing in the grass or an infant giggling in her father’s arms. Second, a foreboding description of the day the child got a vaccine. Third, pictures or video of the child now, often struggling to walk, sit still, not cry.


Despite reservations about giving this film more publicity I decided to post this review to show those WP members who do not know how the people who believe vaccines cause autism view Autism. The above is typical.


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02 Apr 2016, 11:32 am

It is a sad commentary on America's scientific ignorance that these parents who believe vaccinations caused their kids' autism are looking at the respected scientific literature as a conspiracy. Because they don't seem to understand how to evaluate evidence.

I have two autistic (adult) children, and if I had to do it again, I'd vaccinate them fully, including for things we didn't have vaccinations for 30 years ago (e.g., meningitis, chicken pox). Because why? Well at least they're ALIVE!


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08 Apr 2016, 12:09 am

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14 Apr 2016, 11:54 am

Here's an interverview that Robert DeNiro and TFF co-founder Jane Rosenthal did for the Today show yesterday about the "Vaxx" controversey: