The 6/25, 7:30 PM Q&A at the Playhouse will feature Lisa Hepner (Director), Guy Mossman (Director), Frank Buckley (moderator), Georgi Goldman (producer), and Kari Arnett (patient in film).
The 6/26, 1:00 PM screening at the Playhouse will feature Lisa Hepner (Director), Guy Mossman (Director), Greer Wylder (moderator), and Georgi Goldman (producer).
The 6/28, 7:30 PM screening in Santa Monica will feature Lisa Hepner (Director).
The Human Trial
The Human Trial peels back the headlines to show the sweat, passion and sacrifice poured into every medical breakthrough. It interweaves the stories of the patients -- who have borne the physical and financial burdens of type 1 diabetes (T1D) — with the researchers who epitomize the struggle of innovating cures. Director Lisa Hepner — whose own T1D fueled her need to make this film — becomes the bridge between these two worlds. The narrative arc is the clinical trial itself.
For seven years, Lisa and Guy embedded themselves with a biotech company in San Diego. They filmed the researchers’ triumphs and failures in the lab, following them from Tokyo to Riyadh as they raised money to keep their trial going. At the same time, the husband/wife team followed two patients, the self-described “guinea pigs” at the University of Minnesota. Combining these two points of view, the filmmakers reveal the emotional and physical roller coaster that scientists and patients experience as they travel along the road to a cure for disease.
"The COVID vaccine proved that we could innovate in ways we didn't think possible. Now it's time to apply those lessons to all cure research. The Human Trial shows us how." - Shepard Fairey, Artist