Health Department

Posted on: January 17, 2017

If You Could Prevent Cancer . . . Would You?

MAYVILLE, N.Y.: — Filmmakers Frederic Lumiere and Mark Hefti have announced the Fredonia, N.Y. premiere of their film, Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, with a special screening on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Williams Center Multipurpose Room on the State University of New York at Fredonia campus and on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the Northwest Arena, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown. Both events are free and open to the public.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccinations will be available during the event.  Following the screening, a question and answer session will be held with subject matter experts. Refreshments will be served.


“We are very excited to host this free public event as part of our efforts to prevent cancer caused by the HPV,” said Christine Schuyler, County Commissioner of Health and Human Services.  “Current HPV vaccination rates in Chautauqua County are very low:  22.8% for girls and 14.2% for boys compared to the New York State rates of 40.1% and 28.5%, respectively. The key to prevention of this cancer is HPV vaccination.”


HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about.  Eighty percent of people under the age of 50 will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the second leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year.


Someone You Love reveals just how dangerous this virus can be, causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. Following the stories of five brave women who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer, the film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans: HPV. The film runs approximately 80 minutes.  To view the film’s official website and trailer, visit www.hpvepidemic.com . For more information visit www.co.chautauqua.ny.us/241/Public-Health or www.facebook.com/cancerservicesprogram or call Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program at 1-800-506-9185.


These events are brought to you by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Brenda R. Eno Cancer Fund, Northwest Arena, State University of New York at Fredonia, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Chautauqua County Health and Humans Services Department/Chautauqua County Cancer Services Program.


To obtain a full list of cast and press kit, please email hpvepidemic@lumieremedia.com .

 

About Someone You Love: Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. 

About the Filmmakers: 

Frederic Lumiere: Frederic is an award winning producer, director & editor who has been making films and television documentaries for 20 years. Some of his credits include the © Emmy Award winning series WWII in HD (History), The Wereth Eleven (Discovery), Tomorrow is Today (Cinemax), RAW WAR (AHC), Normandy’s 100 Days (Arromanches 360), Sacrifice (Nat Geo-TF1), Father McGivney (PBS) and more recently Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. He is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy nomination and an Outstanding Editing in Television Nomination from the Hollywood Post Alliance.

 

Mark Hefti: Mark is an award-winning writer and producer who began his film-writing career when he co-wrote the award-winning feature films Fandom (Cinequest) and An American Vampire In America. After Executive Producing and penning the award winning short film Play Ball, Mark went on to write and produce the feature film Tomorrow Is Today (starring Scout Taylor-Compton). Mark has received the Park Avenue Award at the New York Screenplay contest as well as top awards at the Slamdance Film Festival script competition as well as the NexTV Writing competition and Hollywood Screenplay contest.

              

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