Jim Allison: Breakthrough

Released 2019 | 90 min

Jim Allison: Breakthrough is the astounding, true story of one warm-hearted, stubborn man’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer.

 

Today, Jim Allison is a name to be reckoned with throughout the scientific world — a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering the immune system’s role in defeating cancer — but for decades he waged a lonely struggle against the skepticism of the medical establishment and the resistance of Big Pharma.

 

Jim Allison: Breakthrough takes us into the inspiring and dramatic world of cutting-edge medicine, and into the heart of a true American pioneer, in a film that is both emotionally compelling and deeply entertaining.

 

 


 

“Breakthrough remains loyal to its academic source material in a way that's clear enough for any viewer to follow… [and] Haney seems to have made all the right filmmaking choices, from balancing the science and sentimental to picking his subject at the perfect time…”

~ Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica

 

“In a time when cynicism and skeptics run rampant, Breakthrough looks to offer a moment of comfort and hope via the story of Jim Allison.”

~ Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline Hollywood

 

In a field you’d never think of as having rock stars, Allison is a rock star of immunology. The filmmaker, Bill Haney, is a rock star among documentarians for bringing us this wonderful, hopeful film about a man and a Breakthrough achievement.”

~ Bradley Gibson, Film Threat

 

“Breakthrough demonstrates that the treatment is not a miracle, but the result of some wild but meticulous thinking by a true medical hero.”

~ Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter

 

“Breakthrough is an engaging and entertaining film because Allison is a fascinating subject. He’s blunt and honest and colorful.”

~ Sophie Novack, Texas Observer

 


 

CREDITS

  • Directed byBill Haney
  • Written byBill Haney
  • Produced byBill Haney & Jennifer Pearce
  • Edited byPeter Rhodes
  • Music byMark Orton & Mickey Raphael
  • Narrated byWoody Harrelson
  • Executive ProducersTim Disney, R.J. Cutler, Maura McCarthy, Michael Eisenson, & Sean E. Reilly