Davenport (October, 2016) filmmakers Frederic Lumiere and Mark Hefti have annopicture1unced the Davenport premiere of their new film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, with a special screening, on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Gilda’s Club Quad Cities (1234 East River Drive, Davenport, IA).

The Human Papilloma Virus HPV may be the most widespread, misunderstood and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people hardly know anything about, Someone You Love reveals just how dangerous this virus can be, causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. Following five brave women’s stories who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer, the film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans: HPV.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
Showtime: 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Dinner Included
For more information and to RSVP, please call 563-326-7504 or email melissa@gildasclubqc.org

UnityPoint Health – Trinity and Gilda’s Club Quad Cities are working collaboratively to provide the community with the opportunity to watch the documentary “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”.

The documentary will be followed up with a panel discussion with:

  • Dr. Cheryl Faidley, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Bindu Alla, Family Practice Physician
  • Keirsten Anderson, Cervical Cancer Survivor

Panel members will be able to assist families in navigating the decision making process, address barriers to vaccination, share survivor stories, access to insurance, etc.

An alternative viewing opportunity will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Muscatine Community College Student Center (152 Colorado St, Muscatine).

This program is made possible by the Iowa Cancer Consortium.

About Someone You Love: “I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter Kristen and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Others like Kelly, who at 31 years began her cancer journey. The cameras follow Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life. 80 percent of all people under 50 years of age will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year.

About the Filmmakers: Frederic Lumiere: Frederic is an award winning producer, director & editor who has been making films and television documentaries for 20 years. Some of his credits include the © Emmy Award winning series WWII in HD (History), The Wereth Eleven (Discovery), Tomorrow is Today (Cinemax), RAW WAR (AHC), Normandy’s 100 Days (Arromanches 360), Sacrifice (Nat Geo-TF1), Father McGivney (PBS) and more recently Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. He is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy nomination and an Outstanding Editing in Television Nomination from the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Mark Hefti: Mark is an award-winning writer and producer who began his film-writing career when he co-wrote the award-winning feature films Fandom (Cinequest) and An American Vampire In America. After Executive Producing and penning the award winning short film Play Ball, Mark went on to write and produce the feature film Tomorrow Is Today (starring Scout Taylor-Compton). Mark has received the Park Avenue Award at the New York Screenplay contest as well as top awards at the Slamdance Film Festival script competition as well as the NexTV Writing competition and Hollywood Screenplay contest.

About the production company: Lumiere Media, Inc. is an independent production company based outside of Philadelphia, PA. Founded by French-Born, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Frederic Lumiere, Lumiere Media aims to illuminate the world with powerful stories that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. Since it’s formation in 2001, Lumiere Media has developed and created compelling, immersive, and engaging programming for various television networks around the world including Cinemax (Tomorrow is Today), National Geographic Channel (The Wereth Eleven), American Heroes Channel (RAW WAR: The Lost Film of DakTo), and TF1 (Sacrifice). Lumiere Media also produced an innovative nine screen installation in 2013, comprised entirely of HD archival footage gathered from around the world, that wraps the entire theater of the Arromanches Museum in Normandy, immersing viewers in a full 360-degree, one-of-a-kind experience.

Runtime:  Approx. 80 minutes
Official Website & Trailer: www.hpvepidemic.com
Directed and edited by: Frederic Lumiere
Written by: Mark Hefti
Cast: Vanessa Williams, Kelly Pozzoli, Kristen Forbes, Tamika Felder, Christine Baze, Susie Carillo.

To obtain a full list of cast and press kit, please email hpvepidemic@lumieremedia.com

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Melissa Wright
Program Director
Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
(563) 326-7504 (office)

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