BURBANK, California (October 4, 2021) – Disney + today announced that “Fauci,” the feature-length documentary about the country’s top infectious disease expert and dedicated public servant, Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD, will premiere on the service this Wednesday, October 6. Disney + also released the trailer and key art for filming it today.
“Fauci” offers a rare glimpse into the long professional and personal life of the ultimate public servant, who, after a life of service, faced his greatest test: a pandemic whose ferocity is unprecedented in history. modern. With his signature blend of scientific acumen, candor and integrity, Dr.Anthony Fauci has become a cultural icon during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it came at a cost, as it also faced attacks from adversaries in a nation increasingly divided by political parties – with science increasingly caught in the sights.
A world-renowned infectious disease specialist and longest-serving public health leader in Washington, DC, who has served under seven presidents, Dr Fauci has overseen America’s response to 40 years of epidemics, including HIV / AIDS, SARS and Ebola. Conceived around an unprecedented access to Dr. Fauci, National Geographic Documentary Films’ “Fauci” is a revealing and intimate portrait of the man best known only by his appearances on the news.
Directed by Emmy winners John Hoffman (“Weight of the Nation”, “Sleepless in America”, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman”) and Janet Tobias (“Unseen Enemy”, “No Place on Earth”), produced by Alexandra Moss (“Not Done: Women Remaking America”), Jon Bardin (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”), and executive produced by Oscar® winner Dan Cogan (“Icarus”) and two-time Oscar nominee Liz Garbus (“What Happened, Miss Simone?”, “The Farm: Angola, USA”), the film debuted in select theaters in the United States on September 10, 2021. Opening cities included New York, Los Angeles , San Francisco, DC and New Orleans.
“There is only one Dr Tony Fauci, and it is an incredible privilege to be the first to tell the story of his life and career, including his never-ending quest to cure diseases and prevent epidemics, ”said Hoffman and Tobias.
The film features ideas from former President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Bono, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, Director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr Francis Collins, the former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr Tom Frieden, Journalists Laurie Garrett. and Apoorva Mandavilli of the New York Times, and key AIDS activists, among others. Dr Fauci’s family, friends and former patients also provide more personal insight into the man, his personality and what makes him who he is.
“Janet and John have done an amazing job capturing the complex man I’ve come to know over the past three decades,” said Peter Staley, film subject and founding member of ACT UP. “As an activist, I think I will entangle myself with Tony Fauci for the rest of my life, but I will never doubt his commitment to public health, nor his deep decency and humanity.”
The film is directed by John Hoffman and Janet Tobias, who have spent their careers telling important and compelling stories in the science and public health documentary space. For the past 36 years, Hoffman has specialized in communicating to an affected audience about the disease, starting with HIV prevention, then drug addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, sleep and the role NIH in advancing medical breakthroughs. Tobias’ recent film “Unseen Enemy” warned of the threat of pandemics, which should not have gone unnoticed.
“Fauci” is produced by Alexandra Moss (“Not Done: Women Remaking America”) and edited by Amy Foote (“Father, Soldier, Son”) and Brian Chamberlain (“Not Me, Murphy”). The director of photography is Claudia Raschke (“RBG”). For Story Syndicate, the executive producers are Cogan, Garbus and Jon Bardin (“All In: The Fight for Democracy”).
National Geographic Documentary Films has previously released the Oscar, BAFTA and seven-time Emmy Award-winning film “Free Solo” and the Oscar-nominated film “The Cave”. Other critically acclaimed films under the banner include Ron Howard’s “Rebuilding Paradise”; Sundance “Science Fair” and “Sea of Shadows” Audience Award winners; Emmy winners “LA 92” and “Jane”, both included in the top 15 documentaries considered for an Oscar in 2017; and winner of the Dupont Prize “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of the Islamic State”.