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Aero Theatre | Pre-recorded Q&As following each film with THE FIRST WAVE filmmaker Matthew Heineman, moderated by Cara Santa Maria, and FAUCI filmmakers John Hoffman & Janet Tobias and producer Ali Moss
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THE FIRST WAVE, 2021, National Geographic, 94 min, Dir: Matthew Heineman.
With exclusive access to one of New York’s hardest-hit hospital systems, Oscar®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning director Matthew Heineman’s THE FIRST WAVE spotlights the everyday heroes at the epicenter of COVID-19 as they come together to fight one of the greatest threats the world has ever encountered. Leaving a devastating trail of death and despair, this once-in-a-century pandemic changed the very fabric of daily life and exposed long-standing inequities in our society. The “first wave” of COVID-19 ravaged New York from March through June 2020. With Heineman’s signature approach of character-driven cinema vérité, THE FIRST WAVE documents those harrowing first four months, embedding with a group of doctors, nurses and patients on the frontlines as they all navigated the crisis. Each distinct storyline serves as a microcosm through which we can view the emotional and societal impacts of the pandemic and is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.
FAUCI, 2021, National Geographic, 104 min, Dirs: John Hoffman, Janet Tobias.
With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and integrity, Dr. Anthony Fauci became America’s most unlikely cultural icon during COVID-19. A world-renowned infectious disease specialist and the longest-serving public health leader in Washington, D.C., he has valiantly overseen the U.S. response to 50 years’ worth of epidemics, including HIV/AIDS, SARS and Ebola. FAUCI is an unprecedented portrait of one of our most vital public servants, whose work saved millions while he faced threats from anonymous adversaries. Directed by Emmy winners John Hoffman (THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION, SLEEPLESS IN AMERICA) and Janet Tobias (UNSEEN ENEMY), the documentary features insights from President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Bono, former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell, former national security advisor Susan Rice, National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins, former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Tom Frieden and key AIDS activists, plus Dr. Fauci’s family, friends and former patients.