May 6th, 2011 by Wendi Lewis
In January we reported about a project proposed by a group of independent filmmakers, who hoped to create a documentary about the harmful side effects of the HPV vaccine, Gardasil. In march, Beasley Allen Law Firm committed financially to help them. Titled “One More Girl,” the documentary will share the stories of individuals and families devastated following a Gardasil injection.
The vaccine, which is touted as a prevention for four types of human papillomavirus (HPV) that could cause cervical cancer, has been linked to thousands of serious adverse event reports and more than 80 deaths. Leigh O’Dell, a lawyer in our Mass Torts Section, is working on a number of cases on behalf of clients who were harmed by Gardasil.
“We believe that efforts such as this film, ‘One More Girl,’ are vital to getting the word out about the dangers of Gardasil,” she says. “We are pleased to be able to support this worthwhile project and trust that many will learn about the unreasonable risks associated with Gardasil prior to having their daughters vaccinated.”
The film’s title is a play on the effective Gardasil advertising campaign, “One Less,” which encouraged girls to be vaccinated so they could be “one less girl with cervical cancer.” The drug is manufactured and marketed by Merck & Co. Filmmakers Ryan and David Richardson decided to make the film after their sister, Donielle Richardson, suffered an adverse reaction after receiving the vaccine. They found thousands of other cases of girls suffering serious illnesses, or who had died, after receiving the vaccine.
Their production company is named ThinkExist Productions. They have partnered with two Gardasil advocacy groups, TruthAboutGardasil.org and SANE VAX Inc., to develop the film, which will share personal stories of adverse reactions and deaths linked to the drug, and also will cover the social and political trail of deception over the global mass marketing of HPV vaccines. The film is expected to begin production this summer, with release tentatively scheduled in 2012.
For more information, visit the official film website at www.onemoregirlfilm.com.