For Immediate Release
June 13, 2001
Transfusion-alternatives video takes top award
“Will existing viruses mutate and produce disease? There’s no reason to believe that they won't,” warns Professor Howard L. Zauder* in discussing blood transfusions. Professor Donat R. Spahn^ adds, “Side effects include not only the transmission of viral diseases that everybody talks about, like HIV or hepatitis B or C, but also new viruses . . . that are prevalent in the donor population. Also, parasitic diseases are more and more transmitted via blood transfusions.”
These two specialists and over 100,000 other medical professionals find compelling reasons to consider alternatives to blood transfusions. In the video Transfusion-Alternative Strategies—Simple, Safe, Effective, renowned medical professionals contrast the effectiveness of these methods with older procedures. This 28-minute program received the highest recognition when audiovisual producers from around the world gathered on Friday, June 8, 2001, for the 34th annual U.S. International Film and Video Festival awards presentations. Winning productions from 33 nations were honored at the Marriott Downtown Hotel in Chicago.
Transfusion-Alternative Strategies took the Gold Camera award in the category of Medicine, Health: Current Issues. Accepting the award on behalf of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was Director J. R. Brown, who stated: “It was a courageous step for a religious organization to undertake this medical video project. But it was worth it to them to get the information right, to get the experts involved.”
The competition also granted the Silver Screen award to the same video in two categories. These were Medicine, Health: Professional - Educational; and Medicine, Health: Research Documentation.
The competition is one of the world’s leading events devoted to the selection and recognition of outstanding business, television, documentary, industrial and informational productions, with 1,500 entries received from 33 countries this year. First place “Gold Camera” awards were presented to 111 productions, while 120 received second place “Silver Screen” awards throughout the competition’s numerous categories. England accounted for the most entries received from outside the U.S., followed by Canada, Australia, Sweden and Germany.
A complete U.S. state-by-state and international country-by-country list of gold and silver winners is available on the festival’s Web site at: www.filmfestawards.com. The festival is one of two international competitions operated under the auspices of The United States Festival Association.
* Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology, State University of New York
^ Institute of Anesthesiology, University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland
Contact: J. R. Brown, telephone: (718) 560-5600