Every year, nearly 3,000 Americans die because they cannot find a matching bone marrow donor. Common sense suggests that offering modest incentives to attract more bone marrow donors would be worth pursuing, but federal law made that a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
“The Institute for Justice created this film for three reasons,” said John Kramer, vice president for communications at IJ. “Our first goal was to team up with Atlas Network through Lights, Camera, Liberty! to raise IJ’s production and storytelling skills to the Hollywood level. The second goal was to gain critical recognition for the production, and we have now accomplished that, earning laurels in 15 film festivals and counting across the nation, including entry into the prestigious Breckenridge Film Festival. These first two goals provided an essential foundation for our effort to achieve our third and most important goal: to use this film as a vehicle to change public policy and, specifically, to do away with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed rule that would block compensation for bone marrow donors — a rule the department has been sitting on since December 2013.”