The Human Trial

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The Main 3 Fri, Jul 1 12:45 PM
The Main 3 Fri, Jul 1 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Sat, Jul 2 12:45 PM
The Main 3 Sat, Jul 2 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Sun, Jul 3 12:45 PM
The Main 3 Mon, Jul 4 12:45 PM
The Main 3 Mon, Jul 4 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Tue, Jul 5 1:15 PM
The Main 3 Tue, Jul 5 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Jul 6 1:15 PM
The Main 3 Wed, Jul 6 7:00 PM
The Main 3 Thu, Jul 7 1:15 PM
Film Info
Program:New Releases
Release Year:2022
Runtime:91 min
Rating:Not Rated
Print Source:Abramorama
Health & Wellness
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Minnesota Made
Science & Technology
Director:Lisa Hepner
Guy Mossman
Executive Producer:Amy Rapp
Marla & Robert Oringer
Producer:Lisa Hepner
Jonathan Formica
Kristin Lesko
Cinematographer:Guy Mossman
Screenwriter:Lisa Hepner
Editor:Susan Metzger
Scott Stevenson
Composer:Miriam Cutler



About the Film

Q&A with Director Lisa Hepner and Special Guests following the Friday, July 1st 7:00pm Screening.

In 2011, Lisa Hepner and her husband Guy Mossman heard about a radical stem cell treatment for diabetes, a disease that shockingly kills more than five million people each year. Driven by a desire to cure Lisa of her own type 1 diabetes (T1D), the filmmakers were given unprecedented, real-time access to a clinical trial, only the sixth-ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. What follows is an intimate journey with the patients and scientists who put themselves on the line to be first.

The Human Trial peels back the headlines to show the sweat, passion and sacrifice poured into every medical breakthrough. It interweaves the stories of the patients who have borne the physical and financial burdens of type 1 diabetes (T1D) with the researchers who epitomize the struggle of innovating cures. Director Lisa Hepner, whose own T1D fuels her search for a cure, becomes the bridge between these two worlds, the narrative arc is the clinical trial itself.

For seven years, Lisa and Guy embedded themselves with a biotech company in San Diego. They filmed the researchers’ triumphs and failures in the lab, following them from Tokyo to Riyadh as they raised money to keep their trial going. At the same time, the husband/wife team followed two patients, the self-described “guinea pigs” at the University of Minnesota. Combining these two points of view, the filmmakers reveal the emotional and physical rollercoaster that scientists and patients go through as they travel along the road to a cure for disease.

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