To support a documentary film on physician, immunologist, and NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, to air on PBS American Masters in 2021

  • Amount $650,000
  • City New York, NY
  • Investigator Michael Kantor
  • Year 2020
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Television

This grant provides funding to American Masters for the research, production, and broadcast of a 90-minute documentary about the life, work, and impact of Dr. Anthony Fauci, The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for almost 40 years, Dr. Fauci has become an international celebrity and the face of science and reason in responding to COVID-19, advising the government and educating the public about the virus, the nature of pandemics, and how best to protect ourselves individually and as a society. In revisiting the long arc of Fauci’s career and his role in combatting HIV/AIDS, SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19, the documentary promises to shine a light on Fauci’s professional evolution, the political and social forces that shape epidemic responses in the United States, and the evolution of vaccine development, clinical drug trials, and public health policy. The documentary will air in 2021 as part of a PBS strand focusing on health issues.

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