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Film wins two Freddie Awards–the “Oscars” of health care

Posted Dec 13 2008 10:07pm

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On November 14th, UNDER OUR SKIN received two prestigious awards at the annual Freddie Awards, sponsored by the International Health and Medical Media Awards and considered to be the “Oscars of health care films.” At the black-tie event in Philadelphia’s historic Crystal Tea Room, film Producer/Director Andy Abrahams Wilson accepted the award for Best Production in the category of Infectious Diseases. In his acceptance speech, he noted the importance of this validation by the medical establishment, and thanked the judges for helping raise the visibility of chronic Lyme disease. Former CNN health reporter and author Daryn Kagan, the event MC, also presented UNDER OUR SKIN with one of the top overall awards, the Robert E. Wise Award for Outstanding Cinematography, chosen from all the 32 category winners. In addition to these honors, another Open Eye Pictures production, THE CAREGIVERS, was recognized as a Finalist in the category of Caregiving.

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Also in attendance was Senior Producer Kris Newby, who made sure a DVD copy of UNDER OUR SKIN was placed in the hands of Anthony Fauci, MD, Director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci was honored at the event with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his pioneering work over the past 20 years to bring awareness and research to the AIDS crisis. As head of Infectious Diseases at the NIH, he has the power also to change the course of the Lyme disease crisis. Dr. Fauci posed for a photograph with Kris and Andy, and offered his respective congratulations to the team.

Open Eye Pictures is proud of this endorsement and expects it will give UNDER OUR SKIN important credibility in the medical establishment and the public at large.

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