Joe Gantz Discusses Stem Cell Research in Ending Disease Documentary [Exclusive Interview]

Joe Gantz
Joe Gantz directed the four-part documentary Ending Disease

For the past few years and decades, scientists have vigorously raged war against diseases. The science community successfully made strides against smallpox, measles, and a few other diseases through vaccines and medicine.

In the past decade alone, the war against diseases shifted as stem cell research may cure or end disease as we know it.

In the documentary Ending Disease, the four-part film takes audiences into an emotional and powerful journey through human stories of patients, scientists, and doctors working together on the frontier of medical science in the participation in the initial trials of stem cell therapy. During this journey, the film captures the challenges and triumphs of families through their moments and triumphs.

Here’s the synopsis:

A revolution in medicine is happening as we move from treatments to cures for some of the most vexing diseases known to humanity, including cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, HIV/AIDS, paralysis, blindness, and more. After the George W. Bush administration banned federal stem cell research on religious grounds, California passed a ballot initiative to raise $3 billion for research into regenerative medicine. Ending Disease was granted unprecedented access to follow ten of the first clinical trials coming from that research, and the results are groundbreaking, creating exactly the kind of optimism that people are looking for in the midst of this pandemic.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta talked with director Joe Gantz about his experiences on the journey with the doctors, scientists, and families. We discussed stem cell research, the potential, and the family’s ups and downs through the process.

Joe Gantz is a documentary filmmaker, television producer, author, and social activist. His HBO film American Winter looked into the human impact of poverty and the American shrinking middle class, which helped lead the movement towards raising the minimum wage. Also, he is known for his 14 year-long Emmy-winning HBO series Taxicab Confessions that documented people’s authentic conversations and confessions from the back seat of a cab. Currently, Gantz is finishing The Race to Save the World documentary on people in the trenches of climate change.

Ending Disease is available in virtual cinema tomorrow. Check the listings here.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online, Ending Disease

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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