“THE CURVE” now streaming free on YouTube until Nov. 4; COVID-19 documentary is first major creative feature of the pandemic era
Directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Adam Benzine (Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah)
Original soundtrack by Emmy Award®-winning composer Joel Goodman (JFK, Walt Disney, Everything is Copy)
Anticipated documentary thriller The Curve is now streaming for free, ad-free, on YouTube in its entirety (thecurvedoc.com/watch) until the end of Election Day.
The movie – which is the first major creative, poetic and interpretive feature film to tackle to the COVID-19 pandemic – marks a major victory for filmmaking in the post-lockdown era. Radically different from anything else released this year, the hybrid film sets a new milestone for non-fiction filmmaking.
A rallying cry for a beleaguered film industry, released in unprecedented fashion, it sends a clear message to cinematic doom-mongers: storytelling must and will continue, regardless of circumstance.
The film also serves as a damning condemnation of the failings of the Trump administration, emerging at a crucial moment in U.S. history.
Made in secret over the past seven months, the movie traces the crucial three-month period, from mid-January to mid-April, when the choices made by America’s leaders sealed the country’s fate. It is produced and directed by Academy Award®-nominee Adam Benzine (Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah), produced by Toronto’s Jet Black Iris, and features an original score by Emmy®-winning composer Joel Goodman (JFK, Walt Disney, Q Ball).
The documentary recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign, with more than 170 backers helping raise finance to finish rendering VFX, clear footage and secure insurance.
Combining original interviews with creatively treated archival footage, and made under exceptional circumstances, the film boasts interviews with analysts, epidemiologists, authors, journalists and political figures, examining nine key failures made by the American government that allowed an emerging pandemic to become a national catastrophe.
Among the many experts featured in the film are Dr. Ali Khan, former director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response; Dr. Emily Landon, chief infectious-disease epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine; Sonia Shah, investigative journalist and author of Pandemic; Ilan Goldenberg, former U.S. State Department Advisor; Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC); and Ed Yong, The Atlantic’s science writer. Mr. Benzine has assembled an all-star team of predominantly female creatives for the documentary, including Canadian Screen Award®-nominee Tiffany Beaudin (Prosecuting Evil, Man vs. Machine) as Editor; Melissa Hood (The Reckoning, On My Way Out) as Associate Producer; Diana Warmé (The Skyjacker’s Tale) as Line Producer; and entertainment lawyer Divya Shahani as Executive Producer.