A SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD is a special about Jonas Salk’s race to defeat the dreaded polio virus.
- It captures how strong, unifying leadership and Science-based government can overcome a terrible global epidemic.
- I became committed as an Executive Producer.
- Bill Gates kindly agreed to serve as the narrator of our film, and his foundation supported our efforts.
- A SHOT premiered on the Smithsonian Channel.
- And later on the BBC Storyville strand.
Emotion: A Childhood Terror
This project hooked me from the moment I was pitched by Pittsburgh’s Steeltown Entertainment.
As a child growing up in Melbourne, I often woke from two nightmares:
- The first was that a disaster like a bushfire would destroy my family, and I would be thrown into a horrible orphanage.
- And, second, I was terrified of polio:
- I often saw children in steel calipers struggling to cross our schoolyard.
- But I loved to run and jump. I wanted to be an Olympic high jumper. I couldn’t bear the thought of being grounded by crippled legs.
- And, then, suddenly, we all lined up for a polio shot, and my terror of the virus vanished.
I wanted to help Steeltown retell this story for the CAB/SAT era!
- Read the full story in my original post: From a foundation’s PPT to network commission and global distribution.
- Michael Rose covers the story for Huffington Post.
- I’m checking on the distribution rights of A SHOT.
Bill Gates in A SHOT TO SAVE THE WORLD