Breaking News – Showtime (R) Documentary Films Announces “Citizen Bio” a Timely Documentary Exploring the Biohacking Movement


[09/21/20 – 10:03 AM]
Showtime (R) Documentary Films Announces “Citizen Bio”, a Timely Documentary Exploring the Biohacking Movement
The film explores in depth the nascent biohacking movement and the unconventional scientists and researchers who are developing alternative medicines to extend human life and eradicate viruses and incurable diseases.

[via press release from Showtime]


Feature documentary directed by Trish Dolman and produced by Graeme Manson takes a look at the controversial methods of Biohackers and the rejection of the first institutionalized scientists on Friday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET / PT

LOS ANGELES – September 21, 2020 – As the global medical research community grapples with the current COVID-19 pandemic, SHOWTIME Documentary Films will preview a new feature documentary titled CITIZEN BIO, which explores in depth the the nascent biohacking movement and the unconventional scientists and researchers developing alternative medicines to extend human life and eradicate viruses and incurable diseases. Directed by Trish Dolman and produced by Graeme Manson (Snowpiercer, Orphan Black), CITIZEN BIO premieres on SHOWTIME on Friday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET / PT. To watch and share the official trailer for the film, visit:

CITIZEN BIO follows the stories of four of America’s most notorious biohackers and their relationships with Aaron Traywick, a self-proclaimed biohacker whose life took a tragic turn when he was mysteriously found dead in a meditation spa at the age 28. After his death, theories began to circulate around the cause of death and its connection to the potential breakthrough treatments he was developing – treatments that may have the power to disrupt the highly regulated pharmaceutical market. Currently, some of the biohackers featured in the documentary are working on the development and public testing of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The basic and controversial idea behind biohacking is that recent advances in gene editing technology allow people with little or no formal medical or scientific training to perform genetic experiments at home. Biohackers eschew institutionalized science – both academic and corporate – in favor of a do-it-yourself philosophy, using themselves like lab mice to create their own experimental drug therapies and treatments for stubborn diseases. These self-experimenting DIY practices are used to develop breakthrough medical treatments that are fast and cost-effective for the public without FDA approval for those who would otherwise not have access due to strict regulations. Traywick built a biohacking operation using these DIY practices. He recruited a number of biohackers and volunteers who shared his belief in self-testing these genetically engineered treatments without FDA oversight, blaming the government and citing Big Pharma for the lack of mass accessibility. The Traywick operation gained national attention by automatically testing untested treatments under the guise of a cure in front of a live audience, raising ethical concerns and attracting the attention of regulators.

CITIZEN BIO is produced by Graeme Manson and Mackenzie Donaldson and co-executive produced by Trish Dolman of Screen Siren Pictures. Chantal Kemp is a producer and Jamie Hurcomb is an associate producer. The film is a production of Dog Fish Films in association with The Donaldson Company. The music is composed by three-time Grammy (R) nominee Paul Oakenfold.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc., owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME (R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TM) and FLIX (R), and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND (R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL (TM) ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND (R), and the SHOWTIME ANYTIME (R) network authentication service. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the standalone streaming service SHOWTIME (R). SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers through cable providers, DBS and telco, and as a standalone streaming service through Amazon, Apple (R), Google, LG Smart TV, Oculus Go, Roku (R), Samsung Smart TV , Xbox One and PlayStation (R) 4. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME through Amazon Prime video channels, Apple TV channels, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, The Roku Channel, Sling TV, and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers on SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exposure to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV (R). For more information, visit

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