Through Kickstarter, online donations, and private donors, The Blue Ribbon: ME/CFS and the Future of Medicine has managed to raise a total of $25,000 and is currently in production. However, the production will require an additional $25,000 in order to reach its goal of completion and distribution via film festivals, Hulu, iTunes, and Amazon Video on Demand.
In addition to general distribution, we are creating a two-tiered program such that physicians, nurses, patients, and families can directly benefit from the documentary in a timely fashion:
1.) CME Course Credit–With further funding, we can create a system by which physicians and nurses who watch the film can receive continuing medical education (CME) credit
2.) Direct Information–Physicians today are increasingly taught to become partners with engaged patients who bring significant knowledge and research to appointments. Physicians also have less time to read multi-disciplinary journal articles. As part of that trend in medicine, we are creating a system and information package such that patients can give the documentary directly to their physicians in order to improve care.
Slated for release in late 2014, the documentary is being made with a lean budget, but continues to welcome all donations and contributions from those wishing to support the cause for ME/CFS awareness.
The crew has filmed in California, Nevada, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. They have filmed innovative research ongoing at the Open Medicine Institute, Simmaron Research, the Hunter-Hopkins Center, and the Institute for Neuro-Immune Medicine.
They have filmed many of the top experts in the field: Daniel Peterson, Andy Kogelnik, Ron Davis, Nancy Klimas, Gordon Broderick, Charles Lapp, Judy Mikovits, Staci Stevens, Chris Snell, Mark Van Ness, and many others.
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