Jim Allison: Breakthrough
Directed by Bill Haney, 90 minutes
Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warmhearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.
Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world: a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.
Using intimate interviews with Jim Allison and a set of scientific leaders, paired with innovative use of graphics and archival material, and featuring music from star harmonica player Mickey Raphael and Nebraska composer Mark Orton, Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.