In case you missed it, there’s been quite the hubbub over discredited Andrew Wakefield’s foray into filmmaking. In short, the movie was added to the prestigious film festival, from which a large majority of submissions are rejected, by Robert de Niro who has an autistic son. Upon outrage from the general public, the scientific community, and the autistic community, de Niro pulled the movie from the film festival. Now, Wakefield and friends are shopping around for venues to show their movie. AutismOne, completely predictably, given their roots in the anti-vaccine movement, will be screening the movie.
Commentary from the film industry
The film industry has criticized both that the movie bypassed the normal submission process, which is highly competitive, and that, from a filmmaking perspective, the movie is terrible.
The open letter from Penny Lane that started it all
Commentary from the scientific and skeptic communities
Orac’s most recent take on this story on Respectful Insolence
No Andrew Wakefield, You’re Not Being Censored And You Don’t Deserve Due Process by Kavin Senapathy, Forbes
Vaxxed – A Guide to Andrew Wakefield’s Fraudulent Film, Skeptical Raptor
Robert DeNiro Just Broke My Heart, by Tara Haelle, Forbes
The New York Times: Robert De Niro Pulls Anti-Vaccine Documentary From Tribeca Film Festival
Wall Street Journal: Anti-Vaccination Lunacy Won’t Stop