Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Director:  Bill Haney

World Premiere at SXSW 2019 Film Festival

Jim Allison: Breakthrough tells the inspiring and life-saving story of the Texas immunologist who has devoted his life to finding a cure for cancer.  Allison was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of cancer therapies that stimulate the immune system to attack tumor cells.

This breakthrough has led to treatments that have extended the lives of thousands of people with advanced disease. Following his life from the childhood loss of his mother to cancer, the film covers his decades-long fight against cancer in his professional and personal life.  “Breakthrough is an engaging and entertaining film because Allison is a fascinating subject. He’s blunt and honest and colorful. His enthusiasm for T‑cells is — excuse me — infectious.

He plays harmonica in a band of immunologists called the Checkpoints. He’s performed with Willie Nelson, whose music is featured in the documentary. His story is inspiring, and he’s happy to share it.” (Texas Observer)

Released in 2019
90 minutes
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