(54 min) US

TUESDAY 10/24, 8:30 PM (SESSION 13)
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Directors: Lisa Hepner, Guy Mossman
Producers: Lisa Hepner, Kristin Lesko, Simon Kilmurry, Jonathan Formica
Executive Producer: Amy Rapp


In 2011, filmmakers Lisa Hepner and Guy Mossman heard about a radical stem cell treatment for diabetes, a disease that kills more than five million people each year. Driven by a desire to cure Lisa of her own type 1 diabetes, they secured unprecedented access to a clinical trial led by San Diego–based biotech company ViaCyte—only the sixth-ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. What follows is an intimate journey with the patients and scientists who put themselves on the line to be first. In the world of biotech and medical research, there are no tidy solutions.


Lisa Hepner has worked for the past 20-something years in non-fiction storytelling as a writer and producer. She co-founded Vox Pop Films with her husband Guy Mossman, a production company specializing in documentary and branded content. She is a member of the PGA, the WGA and NYWIFT.

Guy Mossman is a cinematographer who made his first short film in 1999 while living in Paraguay. He is best known for his work on award-winning documentaries such as Buck, which won the U.S Audience Award at Sundance, Mariachi High, Bending The Arc, and Owned: A Tale of Two Americas.He was also director of photography for several acclaimed TV series such as Los Jets and Ann Curry's Chasing The Cure. Guy is a member of the IATSE Local 600.

Kristin Lesko is an independent film producer with over thirteen years of experience. She was co-producer on the Oscar-nominated film OJ: Made in America for ESPN 30 for 30. Kristin began her film career working with veteran filmmaker, Stanley Nelson, on films Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till. She co-produced the Oscar-nominated film Operation Homecoming: Writing the War Time Experience.

Simon Kilmurry is a producer, executive producer, and consultant. He has received one Prime Time Emmy Award, 17 News & Documentary Emmys, and six Peabody Awards. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, the Television Academy. He served as executive director of the International Documentary Association. Before that he was the executive producer of POV where he co-founded the WORLD Channel documentary series America ReFramed.

Jonathan Formica is a creative and purpose-driven filmmaker with a strong background in producing and thoughtful storytelling. From Tokyo to Toronto, Jonathan is developing impactful content through complex and authentic stories that engage, educate, and inspire.

Amy Rapp is an Emmy-winning creative producer, developing and producing narrative and documentary films and television. She launched and has run Meredith Vieira Productions for the past 12 years and recently launched her own production company, Amy Rapp Productions, in which she continues to develop and produce narrative and documentary projects, often based on, or inspired by true stories or real people

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