Previewing PUNCTURE

On September 13th, KCET Cinema Series will be screening Puncture, starring Chris Evans and directed by Adam Kassen and Mark Kassen. Based on a true story, the film was featured as one of the spotlight films for the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Here's more on the film from Wikipedia:

A still from Puncture

Cast

* Chris Evans as Mike Weiss
* Mark Kassen as Paul Danziger
* Marshall Bell as Jeffrey Dancort
* Michael Biehn as Red
* Vinessa Shaw as Vicky
* Jesse L. Martin as Daryl King
* Brett Cullen as Nathaniel Price
* Kate Burton as Senator O'Reilly
* Roxanna Hope as Sylvia
* Jennifer Blanc as Stephany
* Mark Lanier as Mark Lanier

Plot

Based on a true story, Mike Weiss (Chris Evans) is a young Houston lawyer and a drug addict. Paul Danziger (co-director Mark Kassen), is his longtime friend and straight-laced law partner. Their personal injury law firm is getting by, but things really get interesting when they decide to take on a case involving Vicky (Vinessa Shaw), a local ER nurse, who is pricked by a contaminated needle. As Weiss and Danziger dig deeper into the case, a health care and pharmaceutical conspiracy teeters on exposure and heavyweight attorneys move in on the defense. Out of their league but invested in their own gain, the mounting pressure of the case pushes the two underdog lawyers and their business to the breaking point.

Underlying Issues

The story is based on two young lawyers and a syringe manufacturer who had invented a safety syringe that he was unable to sell. The safety syringe manufacturer filed an antitrust lawsuit against the two largest hospital group purchasing organizations and a large syringe manufacturer claiming he was being shut out of the market. The case was settled before trial for $150 million dollars.

In addition the film brings to light several issues affecting American health care:
1. Accidental needle sticks cause thousands of US nurses to be infected by HIV, Hepatitis C and other infectious diseases every year.
2. Needle reuse in Africa and Asia directly cause 1.3 million deaths annually, 23 million hepatitis infections annually and 260,000 HIV/AIDS infections annually.

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Puncture starts in theaters on September 23, 2011. See the film and discuss it here!

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