Take a deep dive into our interview with filmmaker Bill Haney as he tells us about his documentary Jim Allison: Breakthrough (world premiered as Breakthrough). You can watch this film in select theaters now!
In your own words, what does this film mean to you?
Bill Haney: Set in the world of cutting edge science, Jim Allison: Breakthrough showcases the magic of an open heart, an active mind, a courageous spirit and a sense of the blues in imagining, then delivering a better world for millions of people.
What motivated you to tell this story?
BH: Three interwoven threads pulled me to tell the story of Jim Allison: Breakthrough. An unexpected hero with deep humanity, the desire to explore a hidden world that touches us all, but still lies outside our experience and the wish to showcase the powerful, imaginative life of gifted scientists to a society that more commonly associates creativity with the arts.
What do you want the audience to take away?
BH: A deep and abiding sense of Hope.
How did you find your subject?
BH: The extraordinary scientific revolution in treating cancer was well known to me, as I run a biotech company developing lead edge, new drugs for cancer patients. But then I knew little of the amazing tale of the team of pioneers who created the field of immuno-oncology – until Tyler Jacks, an extraordinary scientist himself, shared with me the tale of the harmonica playing, warm-hearted genius, Jim Allison.
What were you doing when you found out you were coming to SXSW?
BH: In Stockholm, for the awarding of the Nobel Prizes.
What made you choose SXSW to showcase your film to the world?
BH: Jim Allison: Breakthrough‘s story is universal, but its roots are Texan – and SXSW Director of Film Janet Pierson‘s utterly gracious and thoughtful letter of acceptance.
Do you have a past experience at SXSW that impacted your decision to come back?
BH: Yes. One of my previous films, The Price of Sugar, opened at SXSW and I had a wonderful experience with the festival’s audiences – and the film won the Audience Award!
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Jim Allison: Breakthrough – Photo by Dave Pedley
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