Breakthrough tells the astonishing story of a renegade scientist’s visionary quest to find a cure for cancer, the disease that killed his mother. Today, Texan Jim Allison is a 2018 Nobel Prize winner for discovering how to prompt a cancer patient’s own immune system into defeating their disease, but for decades he waged an often-lonely struggle against the painful skepticism of the medical establishment. Narrated by Woody Harrelson, and featuring music by Willie Nelson, Mickey Raphael, and a powerful score by Mark Orton, Breakthrough tells Jim’s story in a way that is inspiring, informative and highly entertaining.

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Bill Haney



Director: Bill Haney
Executive Producer: R.J. Cutler, Tim Disney, Maura McCarthy, Reed Paul Jobs, Sean E. Riley, Michael Eisenson
Producer: Jennifer Pearce
Screenwriter: Bill Haney
Cinematographer: Graham Talbot, Nelson Talbot
Editor: Peter Rhodes
Sound Designer: Heart Punch Studios
Music: Mark Orton & Mickey Raphael
Principal Cast: Woody Harrelson, James Allison, Sharon Belvin, Rachel Humphrey, Max Krummel, Jedd Wolchok, Alan Korman


Public Film Contact
Jennifer Pearce
Uncommon Productions
Publicity Contact
Sylvia Desrochers
Sales Agent
Josh Braun, Submarine Entertainment
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Documentary
Screening Section: Documentary Spotlight
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: ["United States"]
Language: English
Runtime: 90:14 mins