Documentary Feature Competition presented by ACE91
Pay Or Die
Check out the Conference Session with Pay or Die's Filmmaker Scott Alexander Ruderman, film subject Nicole Smith-Holt, and Mayo Clinic Research Physician Dr. S. Vincent Rajkumar:
Today, nearly 2 million Americans are being held for ransom. Without insulin, they’ll be dead in days. "Pay or Die" follows 3 families on the receiving end of these ransom notes, revealing the harrowing reality of life with chronic illness in the richest country in the world. From a mother-and-daughter struggling to rebuild their lives after losing their home when they had to spend their rent money on insulin, to a young adult diagnosed with type 1 diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic, to a Minnesota family thrust into the national spotlight when their 26-year-old son dies from rationing his insulin, "Pay or Die" lays bare the human cost of America’s insulin affordability crisis.
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.
Rachael Dyer, Scott Alexander Ruderman
Sarah Silverman, Amy Zvi, Russell Long, Douglas Choi, Martina Bassenger, Marci Wiseman, Dawn Bonder, Sarah Lucas, Zak Kilberg, Trish Adlesic, Lauran Bromley
Rachael Dyer, Scott Alexander Ruderman, Yael Melamede
Scott Alexander Ruderman
Will Rogers, Toby Shimin
Tom Efinger, Abigail Savage, Jeff Seelye
Social Impact Strategist: Caitlin Boyle, Social Impact Producer: Red Owl Partners , Development Producer : Alex Swerdloff