The Quiet Epidemic
- Tue, Mar 19
Director: Lindsay Keys, Winslow Crane-Murdoch Run Time: 102 min. Rating: Not Rated Release Year: 2022
After years of living with mysterious symptoms, a young girl from Brooklyn and a Duke University scientist are diagnosed with a disease said to not exist: Chronic Lyme disease. The Quiet Epidemic follows their search for answers, which lands them in the middle of a vicious medical debate.
What begins as a patient story evolves into an investigation into the history of Lyme disease, dating back to its discovery in 1975. A paper trail of suppressed scientific research and buried documents reveals why tick-borne illnesses have quietly spread around the globe.
A Q&A with the filmmakers and a panel of experts follows the film.
Lindsay Keys is a director, producer, cinematographer, and photographer based outside of New York City. She has shot still and motion content for clients ranging from Bernie Sanders to The Whitney Museum. Her photography has been exhibited internationally, published in The New York Times, Time Out Magazine, Interview Magazine, and auctioned at Christie’s. While attending Wesleyan University (‘11), Lindsay’s health began deteriorating with no explanation. Upon getting a diagnosis of Lyme disease in 2015, she began working on The Quiet Epidemic and spent the next seven years dedicated to its completion. This is her first feature film.
Mary Beth Pfeiffer, author of Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change, has been an award-winning investigative journalist for three decades. For her Lyme reporting, Pfeiffer was honored with a half-dozen awards, including the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award in 2013 from the Society for Professional Journalists, one of her two Sigma Delta Chi awards. For other reports, she has been honored by the Scripps Howard Foundation, National Headliner Awards, Inter America Press Association, Associated Press Managing Editors, the Gannett Company, New York City Deadline Club, Society of the Silurians, and National Council on Crime and Delinquency, among others.
Lauren MacNeill is the CEO of Global Lyme Alliance (“GLA”), a nonprofit organization committed to helping those affected by Lyme & other tick-borne diseases, with the mission of curing Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through innovative research, awareness, and empowering the patient voice. GLA has raised and invested a substantial $19 million for research with a specific focus on diagnostics and treatments for tick-borne diseases. Our ambition is to enhance the precision of disease detection with accurate diagnostics, discover innovative treatments, and to relentlessly pursue a potential cure. GLA’s patient support and education initiatives encompass physician referrals, peer mentoring, and an ambassador program. Our website provides a wealth of resources and information, our vibrant social media community stands as the largest in the Lyme space
Sam Roberts (Moderator) – Born and raised in Montreal, Sam relocated to New York City more than 40 years ago. In 2011, he returned to Canada to produce his award winning screenplay, A Fish Story. A family drama set in wilderness lake country. Sam’s love of the outdoors, passion for fishing, and the loving memory of his late father are the inspirations for the film. “The film based on a true story about my dad and family with a little,’wouldn’t it be wonderful if’ thrown in the mix.” In 2013 the film garnered 17 film festival awards throughout the US and Canada, including: Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Producer, and Best Screenplay. In 2016 the film went out into distribution on Netflix, Amazon. In addition to writer/producer, the movie also marks Sam’s return to working in front of the camera as he plays the role of his father in the film. Sam’s background includes many years of working on stage, film and television both in his native Canada and the U.S but in 1984 he turned his energy to the world of voice-overs. His deep, rich, resonant sound made him, almost instantly, the voice of choice for many blue chip accounts. About 30 years ago, Sam turned his focus to announcing on-air promotions for which he has earned a reputation as one of the best in his field. In commercials, he is known for his soft, raspy, cool and sexy voice, yet his strong, ‘cut through’ style makes his the ‘go to voice’ when networks want to make a statement through promos. That special ability made Sam the signature voice of TNT Entertainment (Turner Network Television) for 12 years and the promo voice of the NBA ON TNT for more than a decade.