Official Statement from Andrew Wakefield after DeNiro pulls Vaxxed from Tribeca Film Festival

Wendy Silvers Children's Health, Health & Well-being, Sacred Activism, Vaccines 4 Comments


Timeline of  Vaxxed: from Cover-up to Catastrophe and Tribeca Film Festival:

Monday, March 21, the Tribeca Film Festival announced that, Vaxxed: from Cover-up to Catastrophe, directed by Andy Wakefield and produced by Del Bigtree, will have its premiere in Tribeca Talks.   

Friday, March 25, Festival co-founder, Robert DeNiro, after being besieged by naysayers attacking the Festival and him for their decision to screen this film, came out in support of the film being screened. He released this statement to the press: “Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening Vaxxed. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.” 

As was expected, this announcement drew a media frenzy. As I wrote in Mediocrity Always Attacks Excellence, a shizzstorm of mainstream writers, bloggers, and social media were on fire about Vaxxed, Andy Wakefield, the content covered in the film. 2 petitions on Facebook were created. Open letters were written to Mr. DeNiro by “friends” and critics expressing their outrage and disappointment.


Saturday, March 26,  Robert DeNiro pulled the film from the Festival and issued this statement:

“My intent in screening this film was to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family. But after reviewing it over the past few days with the Tribeca Film Festival team and others from the scientific community, we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.

The Festival doesn’t seek to avoid or shy away from controversy. However, we have concerns with certain things in this film that we feel prevent us from presenting it in the Festival program. We have decided to remove it from our schedule.”

Something or someone must have happened to change Robert DeNiro’s mind.  While it has not been confirmed by Tribeca Film Festival who it was that spoke with Robert DeNiro, the NYTimes included comments from Dr. William Schaffner, a medical professor of preventative medicine at the Vanderbilt University of Medicine. No matter what happened or who it was who influenced the decision to pull the film may from the Tribeca Film Festival, Vaxxed: from Cover-up to Catastrophe will most definitely will be seen.  Vaxxed is not about Andy Wakefield and his history. What it is is a powerful expose of an intentional cover-up by the CDC as revealed through irrefutable data presented by whistleblower and CDC Senior Scientist, Dr. William Thompson. The ramifications of this information being made public will ripple throughout many industries so the push to distract people from what the film discloses is strategic.


This the Official statement from Andrew Wakefield, director, and, Del Bigtree, producer, Vaxxed: from Cover-up to Catastrophe,
in response to Robert DeNiro and Tribeca Film Festival pulling the film from their schedule.

March 26, 2016

To our dismay, we learned on March 26 about the Tribeca Film Festival’s decision to reverse the official selection of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.

It is important to note that this is not an anti-vaccine movie as it is has been commonly portrayed in the media. Robert De Niro’s original defense of the film happened Friday after a one-hour conversation between De Niro and and Bill Posey, the congressman who has interacted directly and at length with the CDC Whistleblower (Dr. William Thompson) and whose team has scrutinized the documents that strongly indicate fraud at the CDC. That is what this film is about.

It is our understanding that persons from an organization affiliated with the festival have made unspecified allegations against the film – claims that we were given no opportunity to challenge or redress. We were denied due process.

We have just witnessed yet another example of the power of corporate interests censoring free speech, art, and truth.

Tribeca’s action will not succeed in denying the world access to the truth behind the film Vaxxed.

We are grateful to the many thousands of people who have already mobilized including doctors, scientists, educators and the autistic community.

We will be pressing forward and sharing our plans in the very near future.


– Andrew Wakefield (Director) and Del Bigtree (Producer) | @vaxxedthemovie |



Wendy Silvers

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Comments 4

  1. For years I wondered why there was such monolithic unanimity among public health and medical professionals indorsing the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

    Then I heard about a little known non-governmental agency, NACCHO, that goes a long way to explain the mystery.

    NACCHO is short for the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and this little “non-governmental” agency determines policies of all 2,800 public health departments in the USA.

    You may assume that NACCHO holds an annual conferences to assess threats to public health where they hash out a united response. So siree Bob.

    Instead, they simply adopt whatever the CDC has determined is correct.

    How an organization is funded will usually reveal its true purpose. The public health directors who are members of NACCHO pay dues. That covers 2.5% of NACCHO’s annual budget. That’s a mere two and a half pennies out of a dollar.

    The CDC pays the other 97.5%, $25 million (which is actually quite a bargain when you think how this controls public health policies for over 300 million people!)

    CDC control of NACCHO would be fine if it operated with the normal hypothesis-test-revision approach which makes science trustworthy because mistakes are constantly being weeded out.

    Recall, however, how long government agencies ignored the benefits of seat belts, and ignored the hazards of tobacco as well as second hand smoke, lead in paint and gasoline, asbestos in ‘cottage cheese’ ceilings and floor tiles, BPA in baby bottles and other beverage containers, and many other health threats that lasted too long.

    That’s how NACCHO operates – the status quo rules, no questions allowed.

    Meanwhile, you never hear a peep from NACCHO about other factors that lower immunity, such as:
    1. Excess sugar in the American diet, which causes inflammation and blocks the immune system.
    2. School meals now use low-fat or fat-free milk instead of full fat, therefore depriving children of fat-soluable vitamins A, D, and K, which are crucial for immunity.
    3. “Experts” claim that eggs and butter are bad for us so they are scarce in school food, despite being full of vitamins A, D, and K.
    4. The USDA used to educate parents about the benefits of cod liver oil, which provided both vitamins (A and D) and also long-chain omega-3s (DHA and EPA). But no more. Therefore modern parents don’t know that vitamin D protects against both viral and bacterial infections (FDA standards are set far too low, especially for people of color since melanin blocks UVB rays). And parents don’t know that DHA and EPA are no longer widely available in our diet (whether from cod liver oil or from frequent meals containing fish). Seafood is no longer a staple but a luxury. Despite DHA and EPA boosting immunity (as well as protecting against diabetes, dementia, and cancer), there is no requirement that school food provides a share of the optimal daily intake.
    5. Most Americans are deficient in iodine, crucial to an effective immune system, but has NACCHO sent out a press release about it?

    The public doesn’t want to believe that the CDC is corrupt. They don’t know about the revolving door between the CDC and Pharma, such as how Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2002 to 2009, later became president of Merck’s vaccine division. Merck is the largest supplier of vaccines to the CDC. In 2015 she sold 38,368 of her shares in Merck stock for $2,340,064.32. She still holds 31,985 shares of the company’s stock, valued at about $2 million. While she was head of the CDC the FDA approved the Merck Gardasil vaccine.

    NACCHO is not chips and cheese. It’s Not Yo’ Real Research – instead it’s industry-approved fake science.

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      Hi Lauren,
      Thank you for your thoughtful reply. Denial is rampant in our society about governmental agency practices.
      My sincerest hope is that others reading this will see the clarity and truth that you outlined.
      Warmly, Wendy

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      1. Thank you, Wendy– and all the others who thought they were too busy but who are active anyway– for what you’re doing to alert parents (and grandparents, and uncles and aunts, and medical personnel). Someday this will just be one more of those “Isn’t it amazing it took so long to realize the truth?” situations (but, alas, hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of adults will still need care 24/7).

        It boggles the mind that people who ought to know better, people we entrusted with health policy, could be so callous, so stupid, and so unrepentant.

        But then I remember how the entire Pentagon, and most of Congress and the media, persisted in the giant mistake of the Vietnam War, with 56,000 American soldiers dead and millions of Vietnamese killed, along with children born deformed from Agent Orange, and farmland forever polluted. Those war mongers were simply predecessors of Pharma mongers we see today.

        Actually, people in the Medical Industrial Complex must know it’s wrong because they lie about it, and change or hide data, and lobby for zero liability. Still, to get real change, we might need to consider a Truth and Reconciliation amnesty-style response. Have People’s Trials, let the Pharma profiteers tell the truth in exchange for getting off with fines instead of jail time (which is what would happen anyway in the current judicial system– which is only punitive to poor people). Let them whine about how they needed to pay their mortgage so couldn’t quit and tell all. Let them rationalize that “everyone’s doing it, it must be OK.”

        Change shouldn’t take so much time, but it does. Remember, there was a lag of decades before lead in paint and gasoline was finally banned. It took decades after the cause of pellagra was known before flour milled with steel rollers was required to be fortified. Even now, not much is being done about BPA. It’s an uphill battle to merely LABEL genetically modified foods. Round-Up is still sprayed everywhere. Etc.

        To reiterate, we may need to let the industrial and regulatory malefactors “get off easy” because, bottom line, we were ALL asleep at the wheel. The ecstasy of righteous indignation won’t be ours because we all should have done more research (“Question Authority” is a good axiom for life). We all should have insisted on seeing the package inserts.

        People near and dear to me, who I thought were alert and savvy “went along” even when their questions weren’t answered– and their children suffered the consequences. You pretty much have to be very annoying to be safe.

        Let the buyer beware. A parent can’t be cynical enough about each and every Modern Wonder.

        There are no short cuts. If we really want healthy children, how about following Mother Nature’s guidelines — feed them better, get them outdoors more, make sure they get enough sleep?

        In some idyllic future, parents would give kids real pickles (the kind that were actually fermented, so are loaded with probiotics). Home cooked meatloaf would contain organ meats. Polyunsaturated oils (corn, safflower, etc.) and all soy products would disappear, replaced by “rehabilitated” butter and lard (there’s a ton of inept research and outright lying on that topic too). Pediatricians would routinely check their patients’ iodine and vitamin D levels.

        Until that utopian future, however, we must educate as many people as we can, which is what the Million Mamas Movement is doing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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