IN OUR OWN HANDS
(11 min) US


Directors/Producers: Elizabeth Horn, Steve Michelson

Description:
In Our Own Hands: How Patients Are Reinventing Medicine opens with an urgent question posed by desperate patients and their families: can new technologies help us treat and prevent the most alarming and perhaps understated health threat that we face? Chronic diseases now affect over 130 million Americans and cost countless billions of healthcare dollars. Through the stories of the impassioned, often defiant struggles of the film’s three central characters—all with complex, unresolved medical issues— we explore the emergence of “participatory medicine”, enabled by a host of groundbreaking technologies that put more data about our own biological, behavioral and environmental ecosystems into our hands than ever before possible.

Biography:
Elizabeth Horn is a storyteller devoted to illuminating possibilities in difficult situations. Using documentary as a lens to reveal complex subjects, Horn creates compelling examinations of the choices we make when there seem to be no choices left. Her uplifting, inspiring, sometimes controversial tales of families in crisis evoke passionate responses from viewers— shifting perspectives, driving empathy, and bringing desperate situations to light. Horn has 30 years of filmmaking experience beginning with vision films for Silicon Valley corporations, with a pivot to documentary and narrative film when her daughter was diagnosed with autism.

Steve Michelson is the Executive Producer at Lobitos Creek Ranch. Steve has functioned as the Executive Producer on many award-winning documentary films including Climb Against the Odds, Oil on Ice, Crude Impact, Burning the Future, River of Renewal, Power Paths and Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives. Steve and partner Craig Malina founded Specialty Studios LLC to focus on the distribution of films about the environment, social justice and sustainability. Shortly after that, the company acquired The Video Project, a distributor of films to the educational market. The company represents about 320 films through its catalog and website and the streaming platform, called the MediaHub. Steve was Co-founder and President of One Pass, San Francisco's largest production and post-production studio. He is a recipient of the Gilbert Award for outstanding contribution to Northern California's film community. He has served four terms as a Governor with the National Academy for Television Arts and Sciences.

Contact Information:
e: clare@2mfoundation.org
w: http://lobitoscreekranch.semkhor.com//page.asp?content_id=8425


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