The development of antibiotics in the mid-20th Century revolutionized public and personal health. Ironically, the early success of antibiotics also fostered a culture, that persists to this day, in which the efficacy of the drugs are taken for granted and the need for new research and development is grossly undervalued. After years of misuse these medical miracles are now failing, at an alarming rate, and the supply of new options is paltry at best. Now public health and some of the crown jewels of modern medicine – such as transplant surgery and chemotherapy — rest precariously on a small handful of increasingly ineffective drugs. Read more
Michael Graziano is the co-founder of Uji Films, which he started with his colleague Ernie Park in 2007. Uji films have aired on The Documentary Channel, NYC-TV, and at a variety of festivals. Prior to Uji Films Michael was a teaching fellow and PhD Candidate in Screen Cultures at Northwestern University.