Earlier this year, reached out to the Tribeca Film Festival regarding the recent rash of mainstream media condemnation over Tribeca’s decision to premiere Andrew Wakefield’s documentary, Vaxxed: From Cover Up To Catastrophe. This was prior to the movie being pulled. Which occurred shortly after the following press release was sent to us.

Tribeca Enterprises’ SVP of Communications sent us the following response directly from De Niro and his wife, Grace.

“Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. In the 15 years since the Tribeca Film Festival was founded, I have never asked for a film to be screened or gotten involved in the programming. However this is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening VAXXED. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”


Wakefield’s film has been the subject of mainstream scrutiny ever since Tribeca revealed its intention to premiere the movie, then they subsequently pulled the movie, leading to a firestorm of interest, and now a limited release worldwide. De Niro’s announcement at the time and which he confirmed later, told us that at the very least, he considered the vaccine and autism link, to be, at least, a potential issue. To be accurate, it says he believes it should be regarded in the discussion and that his family personally saw what they believed to be an instant change in their son after receiving his vaccinations.

Jezebel, Salon and the LA Times all condemned De Niro’s decision to air the movie. Which later lead to the festival pulling the movie.

Below is the trailer to Vaxxed, which can now be seen on a limited release worldwide.

Photo by david_shankbone

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