Victory for In the Family: Supreme Court rules against human gene patents

A major victory for Joanna Rudnick and the American Civil Liberties Union! On June 13, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against Myriad Genetics regarding the legality of gene patents. Myriad held the patents to the BRCA1 and 2 mutations, which significantly raise the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Our film In The Family addressed this issue in 2008 and helped raise awareness of the movement that led to this final decision. Continued

Chicago's Mayor wishes Kartemquin a Happy 45th Birthday

Here at Kartemquin we are all very excited about tonight's #KTQ45 celebration at the Metro (with literally a handful of last, last minute tickets still available on the door)! But we're not the only ones: we were delighted to receive a letter of congratulations from Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel this morning!   Here's the full text of the letter:   "September 15, 2011   Dear Friends,   As Mayor and on behalf of the City of Chicago, I write to welcome attending the 45th Anniversary celebration of Kartemquin Films.   Continued

Joanna Rudnick on "BRCA-Mommy-Hood"

Ahead of tonight's WTTW Chicago broadcast of In the Family, director/producer Joanna Rudnick reflects on the past decade of her life: living with the knowledge that she is genetically predisposed to a high chance of suffering from breast and ovarian cancer, making an award-winning film about the consequences of that knowledge and its effect on other women with the BRCA gene mutation, and finally, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl! Read Joanna's moving blog below and watch a video update below: BRCA-Mommy-Hood Continued

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