A New Year for Vaxxed in 2017

 


Hello Friends!

Happy 2017! We can’t believe how the past year sped by! We released Vaxxed theatrically in NYC back in April 2016. Nine months later, we’ve watched the vaccine safety / health freedom movement grow all over the world. Vaxxed has been shown in cities all over the U.S. and even as far away as Italy and Australia, not to mention all the bootleg screening and streaming of Vaxxed that have happened across the globe. As we roll into the near year, we wanted to provide a few quick updates, pointers, and reminders on how to keep the Vaxxed movement going as strong in 2017 as it was in 2016.

Donald Trump’s inauguration as President last Friday could mean big changes for vaccination policy in the U.S. What do you think will happen? Watch the Vaxxed team’s inauguration recap on Periscope right here.

After a meeting with Trump at Trump Tower on January 12, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. announced an autism commission, the so-called “RFK Commission,” renewing public interest in the causal relationship between vaccines and autism.

Over 6,300 vaccine injury stories have been submitted to the Vaxxed team! To submit your story or that of your loved one, please visit vaxxed.com/story-submission.

On the other side of the pond, we just learned on Friday that a premiere screening at a theatre was cancelled because the theatre management was bullied by a few voices. Read more here in this newsletter, and see below to learn how you can help.

In this newsletter, find updates on:

  • Filmmakers Updates
  • International News
  • More News, including the Vaxxed Filmmakers’ Round 2 Tour
  • TWO Gathr Updates: Fundraising for your organization and the filmmakers’ travel, and screenings without the pre-taped Q&A
  • Upcoming screenings of Vaxxed: Gathr Events and Licensed Community Event
  • The Vaxxed Holiday Gift Pack –> Grassroots Special
  • Revealed docu-series
  • Vaxxed is now available to watch in several new formats
  • Read vaccine injury stories sorted by vaccine on Vaxxed.com

THANK YOU to all our supporters for an incredible year. Here’s to 2017!

~ The Vaxxed team!

FILMMAKER UPDATES

Andy and Polly gave an update Friday on the most recent happenings in the Vaxxed world. To watch that video, please see here.

The Spring 2017 Vaxxed tour is starting NOW! To watch the short promo video, with editing by Brian Burrowes, please see here.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield was in attendance at President Trump’s Inaugural Ball last Friday.

Del Bigtree recently met with legislators in Mississippi, where activists are changing the conversation about vaccine safety. Mississippians put up an awesome billboard to advertise a special screening for medical professionals.

Check out the billboard here:

While there, Del and the activists held a screening with the Black Caucus, Republican members of the Mississippi legislature, and another in Spanish for Spanish speakers.

Later, Del also met with the authors of California’s SB18 after speaking at a rally defending parental freedoms in CA. To watch that video, please see here.

Del was just in Fort Bragg to speak at The Mendocino Vaccine Awareness Symposium. For more information, please see mendocinotv.com/tag/del-bigtree.

On January 31, Del will join the tour in Tucson for a special screening of doctors and nurses, including a Q&A with Polly. More of this special Tucson event later in the newsletter.

VAXXED FACES CENSORSHIP IN LONDON 
Vaxxed was set to have its UK premiere on February 14, 2017 at the Curzon Cinema in Soho. Due to the pressure of a few persistent individuals who are trying to censor the film, the Curzon has decided to cancel the screening. But don’t fear! They are already mobilizing to find another venue. In the meantime, there are a few action steps you can take to help bring attention to the censorship in the UK and let the Curzon know how you feel about their actions.
  1. If you live in London and frequent the Curzon (or even if you don’t!), please write to the owner and tell them you are disappointed with the fact that they allowed censorship to dictate their actions and cancelled the film: curzoncinemas.com/contact. You can also leave them a remark or a review on their Facebook page.
  2. Please leave comments supporting the film on the Buzzfeed article that broke the story HERE.
  3. If you live in the UK, join the “Bring Vaxxed to the UK” Facebook group.
  4. Please like the Facebook pages of the activist groups who are helping to arrange these screenings and fighting the good fight overseas to bring Vaxxed to the UK:
    1. Check out the European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance (EEFV)’s Facebook here.
    2. Check out Info Vaccin Prevenar (IVP)’s Facebook here.
To read the full filmmaker statement in response to the Curzon screening cancellation, please see here.
INTERNATIONAL UPDATE: AUSTRALIA

– The Australian premiere of Vaxxed was held on December 6th to a sold out audience in Logan City, Queensland. Del, Brian and Andy joined via Skype for an incredible premiere Q&A and got the Australian audiences feeling energized.

– A full list of all screenings and ticketing info can be found on AVN.org.au/Vaxxed

On February 20th, there will be a Vaxxed event in Adelaide, SA. Tickets are available now right here. The event will be held from 6pm – 9pm.

– There are two more screenings currently announced and three more on their way. The next to take place is the Sunshine Coast, which has almost sold out the 190 seats in the venue.

– For general inquiries about screenings and helping out, please email vaxxed@avn.org.au and for media auspress@vaxxedthemovie.com

– Please note that Australia is selling tickets based only on a general area or city, and revealing the venue just 2 hours prior to the event to prevent threats of violence, fake news stories, and government censorship.

MORE ON INTERNATIONAL!

With the new year, we are revisiting our approach to opening in new regions. Based on the unique challenges, we are proactively seeking to work with grassroots groups and activists. If you think your country had an audience, please communicate to us details about your organized network in a specific country or region and how you think you can help arrange screenings based on some previous work your network has done. Please email international@cinemalibrestudio.com with a mini-overview of your organization and any ideas you might have.Please use the subject line: “Vaxxed + Country + organizational support”

(We know some of you have emailed previously, but we are all [still] inundated with emails, and some team members have changed, so we are asking for this again! Thanks for understanding.)

With the expansion of Gathr to Canada, we set up a screening marathon in mid-January across Canada. After setting up to work with Vaccine Choice Canada, we’ve decided to reschedule the Canadian screening marathon to March. We’re very excited to announce the official date of the first Vaxxed screenings via Gathr Canada soon.

VAXXED NATION TOUR – ROUND 2

The Vaxxed team will be hitting the road again in early January! The new fundraising option (see two sections below) will help raise money for the team as they set off on Round 2 of the Vaxxed Nation Tour. We will be updating you through newsletters and social media as news about the tour becomes available.

For now, here’s the current itinerary.

Jan 28: El Paso TX
Jan 30: Tucson, AZ *

Feb 2: San Diego, CA
Feb 4: Murrieta, CA
Feb 5: Riverside, CA & Hesperia, CA
Feb 7: Santa Maria, CA
Feb 8: Santa Barbara
Feb 10: Long Beach, CA
Feb 11: Santa Monica, CA
Feb 12: Los Angeles, CA
Feb 13: Bakersfield, CA *
Feb 16: Sonora, CA
Feb 17: Modesto, CA
Feb 19: Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 20: Sacramento, CA
Feb 21: Roseville, CA
Feb 25 – 26: Anaheim, CA

March 2: Flagstaff, AZ
March 4: Albuquerque, NM

* So far, two Gathr events are doubling as tour stops. This means the Jan 30 event in Tucson and the Feb 13 event in Bakersfield are Gathr events. If you live in Tucson and Bakersfield, go ahead and grab tickets!

For information about all events, please see vaxxed.com/tour-dates.

THE 20-MINUTE, CONDENSED VERSION OF VAXXED PREMIERED DURING
VACCINES REVEALED
In January we were excited to work with Vaccines Revealed, the 9 part doc-series that premiered on January 10, that took on some of the most critical and controversial topics surrounding vaccines including autism and vaccines, the dangers of the flu shot, Gardasil, parental rights, and documented fraud and deception in the vaccine arena. Vaccines Revealed debuted the world wide digital premiere of the condensed 20-minute version of Vaxxed on day 3 of the series. The series was watched by thousands of people all over the world and we were thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic event! If you missed the series, you can purchase the entire thing HERE, including the 20-minute version of Vaxxed.
REFRESHING GATHR FOR THE NEW YEAR!

1) A NEW FUNDRAISING OPTION IS AVAILABLE – MAKE YOUR GATHR SCREENING A FUNDRAISER FOR YOUR NON-PROFIT OR THE VAXXED TEAM ON THEIR TOUR!

Gathr has added a new functionality allowing individuals to raise funds for the Vaxxed Team’s travels AND includes a donation to a specific organization. Attendees can make their donation when they purchase their tickets. You can now have your organization use a screening to collect donations by simply signing up to host your own screening and letting Gathr know for which organization you wish to collect donations. Gathr will handle everything else for you.

Here’s how it works:

1. Request to host a screening at your local theater.

2. Select the “I am using this screening as a fundraiser” option in the sign up page. Here’s what that looks like during the signup phase.

3. If you choose to focus funds towards the Vaxxed Tour, all funds collected will go to the official Autism Media Channel Foundation — the official foundation of the filmmakers — then please promote.

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2) THE PRE-TAPED Q&A HAS BEEN REMOVED

Since we launched the Gathr program on August 1st, we’ve seen almost 400 screenings of Vaxxed nationwide in 49 states. We still need your help to secure a screening in the state of Wyoming to hit all 50 states. Thanks to everyone who has captained or attended a screening!

At almost all of these screenings, a 15-minute, pre-taped Q&A of Dr. Wakefield, Polly, and Del has played after the movie ends. Starting this year, we have omitted this 15-minute, pre-taped Q&A in order to allow organizers 20 minutes to facilitate their own discussion about health choice and other topics with their audience.

3. Once your screening is confirmed, a Gathr representative will reach out to you about whether you want to use the screening as a fundraiser. The Autism Media Channel (AMC) Foundation is always included as a donation option. If you’d like to also offer the option to donate to a local charity, simply communicate that to the Gathr rep who will reach out to you.

The donations page will ultimately look like the following.

(Please note that your date and ticket price may vary from the above example.)

To learn more about the program, please see here.

UPCOMING EVENTS:
GATHR, ONE-OFF, AND COMMUNITY EVENTS
We have some fantastic upcoming Gathr screenings on the horizon! If you’re in one of these areas, go ahead and grab tickets to your local Gathr screening. If you’re not and want to learn more about what happened at the CDC, you can request a new screening right here, right now!
Gathr Events!
Date
City
State
URL to Buy Tickets!
January 30
Tucson*
AZ
February 7
Ft. Wayne
IN
February 9
Roanoke
VA
February 13
Madison
WI
February 13
Bakersfield*
CA
February 28
Eureka
CA
March 2
Miami
FL
April 11
Houston
TX
April 24
Tempe
AZ
With the focus on autism coming in April, we’d love to hear your thoughts about Gathr and maximizing the Vaxxed movement. Please share your suggestions on Facebook or with ben@vaxxedthemovie.com.
* As mentioned earlier, the Jan 30 event in Tucson and the Feb 13 event in Bakersfield are Gathr events doubling as tour stops. They will include live Q&As with the filmmakers.
UPCOMING LICENSED COMMUNITY EVENTS

You also have the option to host your own licensed community event! Hosting a screening is fun, educational, and valuable. To look into the licensed community screening option, please see here.

The community events are going strong every day! Recently, Chris F. hosted a community screening in Henderson, Colorado and Beth D. hosted a community event in Valparaiso, Indiana. Thanks everyone for your community support!

VAXXED – THE DVD + 10-PACK OPTION

If you missed out on ordering the Vaxxed Holiday Gift Pack this holiday season (U.S. and Canada), don’t worry — this deal will continue until February as the Grassroots Special. We will continue to offer 10 Vaxxed DVDs at half off our regular retail price. This batch of 10 Vaxxed DVDs is yours for just $124.75 (+ tax, shipping, and handling).

This was created so you can get the film into the hands of legislators, educators, and medical professionals. Consider donating a copy to your local library!

The Vaxxed DVD includes new and improved Spanish subtitles, as well as closed captions for hard-of-hearing and others who may benefit.

** PLEASE NOTE that our store functionality does not allow us to retroactively add in orders or deals that may become visible after your order is purchased.

WANT TO SCREEN VAXXED IN SPANISH
OR AT YOUR CHURCH?

Do you belong to a Spanish speaking community that would be interested in watching Vaxxed? Vaxxed is now available to screen with Spanish subtitles! Please contact Jordan Victoria at jordan@vaxxedthemovie.com to set up a special screening of Vaxxed with Spanish subtitles.We also have a version with the few curse words bleeped out for church screenings. Please contact jordan@vaxxedthemovie.com to pursue this option.

VAXXED IS NOW AVAILABLE TO WATCH ON SEVERAL NEW FORMATS

We are excited to announce that Vaxxed is now available to watch (in the U.S. and Canada) on several new digital formats! Vaxxed can now be seen on:

 VACCINE INJURY STORIES FROM VAXXED BUS TOUR NOW CATEGORIZED BY VACCINE

Did you know that all of the vaccine injury stories from the Vaxxed bus tour are now organized by specific vaccines on www.vaxxed.com? If you are looking for videos of vaccine injury stories specifically for the MMR, or Hepatitis B, or any of the other vaccines, you can now find them HERE, sorted by the specific vaccine that caused the injury described in the video.

VAXXED – LIBRARY NEWS!

Vaxxed is now available at the Barnes & Noble Store in Downtown Santa Monica, California! If you’re in the Santa Monica or LA area, go check it out 🙂

Vaxxed is also now available in Washington state’s King County Library System! If you live in and around Seattle, you can now reserve Vaxxed from the public library.

Here’s a link to the Vaxxed listing in the library’s system – go ahead and post this on your social media: bibliocommons.com/item/show/1652457082_vaxxed

WAYS YOU CAN HELP: WRITE A REVIEW

Help Vaxxed out by writing a review on Amazon. For a time, Vaxxed was rated one of Amazon’s top documentaries. About halfway down the page, click on “Write a customer review.”

Please also give Vaxxed a great review on Metacritic. About halfway down the page, in the “User Score” section and directly above other customers’ reviews, simply click on “Write a Review.” Make it a great one!

It would be so helpful to the Vaxxed movement if you would write a review of Vaxxed on Netflix. Go ahead and let everyone know how much you love this film! One more thing… if you have a Netflix account, it would be enormously helpful if you would add Vaxxed to streaming on Netflix.

If you don’t have an account on Amazon, that’s not a problem. You can easily sign in with your Facebook account. (For Netflix and Metacritic, you will need to sign in, however.)

Thank you all so much for your help and recommendations about such an important documentary film.

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