The Bleeding Edge
Investigative filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering present a searing exposé of modern medical devices, a billion dollar industry whose technological advancements have lead to unparalleled innovations, yet is rife with lax regulations, corporate cover-ups, and profit driven incentives that have lead to deadly risks for unsuspecting patients.
"Through an effective blend of archival footage and the testimony of contemporary experts, the movie lays out the lineage of the industry in postwar America, while rooting it in the present day. " Eric Kohn - IndieWire
America has the most technologically advanced health care system in the world. Through research and development, our quality of life has drastically improved, from the advent of pacemakers to bionic limbs. However these same life saving technologies may also killing us at alarming rates as medical error ranks in the top five causes of death in the United States. Most high-risk devices don't even require a single clinical trial. In their chilling new documentary The Bleeding Edge, filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (The Hunting Ground, Twist of Faith) uncover the dark side of the $400 billion medical device industry. They follow the personal stories of victims affected by medical technology gone awry, giving voice to injured victims that have no reprieve while shining a spotlight on frightening instances of corporate abuse and the convoluted legal loopholes that have allowed companies to continue operating. We are indeed living in the future, where we might subject our bodies to a seemingly harmless sterilization device, a sinister robotic surgeon or something more frightening. The Bleeding Edge is an angering, enlightening expose that ultimately calls on us to demand change and accountability.
Kirby Dick has directed a slew of investigative films, many based around the topic of sexual assault and rape culture. His work in collaboration with his Los Angeles production company Chain Camera Pictures is notable for being consistently contemporary and topical. His best advice for aspiring filmmakers is to get up early and believe whole-heartedly in the impact of your message.
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- Director: Kirby Dick
- Premiere Status: Seattle
- Country: USA
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 99 minutes
- Producer: Amy Ziering, Amy Herdy
- Editors: Andy McAllister, Derek Boonstra
- Music: Jeff Beal
- Filmography: (doc) The Hunting Ground (2015); (doc) The Invisible War (2012); (doc) Outrage (2009); (doc) This Film is Not Yet Rated (2006); (doc) Twist of Faith (2004); (doc) Derrida (2002); (doc) Chain Camera (2001); (doc) Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist (1997)
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: Netflix