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Untitled Smallpox Eradication Project


Sloan Grant Won: 
2017, Commissioning Grant, Sundance Institute

Project Type: Feature
Genre: Drama, Biopic
Length: 107 pages
Field of Science: Epidemiology
Stage: Development


D.A. Henderson, a department head at the CDC, is assigned to be the USA’s representative in a new World Health Organization effort to wipe out the smallpox virus in Nigeria, Brazil, Indonesia, and India, but political, bureaucratic, and logistical obstacles stand in his way. Larry Brilliant, a Grateful Dead loving med school dropout comes to D.A.’s aid in India after being told of his destiny by his devout yogi.


A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School, Jamie has sold or optioned scripts to Permut Presentations, BCDF Pictures, Piller Squared, Pop Art Film Factory, Formation Entertainment, and Manage-ment’s Dan Halsted. Jamie received a 2017 Sloan Grant for his UNTITLED SMALLPOX PROJECT, about D.A. Henderson and the World Health Organization’s 11-year campaign to eradicate smallpox.

Howard Gertler is an Oscar-nominated producer whose credits include David France’s “How to Survive a Plague,” which was released by IFC Films/Sundance Selects. His upcoming films include John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” to be released by A24 and Studiocanal UK in 2018.


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