Filmmaker Delivers One-two Punch to Big Pharma

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Filmmaker Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau's film, Side Effects, is causing a stir across the nation for its insider's look at the pharmaceutical industry. For those who missed the storm of buzz during its rolling theatrical release, Side Effects will be released to DVD May 16 and sold in Borders, Best Buy and Circuit City stores across the United States, and online at http://www.sideeffectsthemovie.com and http://www.Amazon.com. Side Effects, which has been heralded as a light and entertaining approach to a heavy issue, examines the pill-pushing tactics of big pharma, and stars Katherine Heigl, sexy intern on ABC’s award-winning drama, Grey’s Anatomy.

Causing a stir across the nation, sold-out audiences have flocked to see the eye-opening indie film that the pharmaceutical industry wishes would go away. For those who missed the storm of buzz during its rolling theatrical release, Side Effects will be released to DVD May 16 and sold in Borders, Best Buy and Circuit City stores across the United States and online at http://www.sideeffectsthemovie.com and http://www.Amazon.com.

Side Effects, which has been heralded as a light and entertaining approach to a heavy issue, is an insider’s look at the pharmaceutical industry and stars Katherine Heigl, sexy intern on ABC’s award-winning drama, Grey’s Anatomy.

Since its world premiere a year ago, writer/director Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau continues to be stunned by the level of interest from consumers, physicians and the holistic community. The film is making a tremendous impact because Slattery-Moschkau speaks from experience. Based on her decade working as a drug sales rep, Side Effects examines the pill-pushing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry’s leading companies.

After releasing Side Effects to the public, Slattery-Moschkau went on to make Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, a revealing documentary that examines the ethics of marketing within the drug industry, which will be available May 16, online only.

True to her position since the beginning, Slattery-Mosckau continues to take a reasoned approach to the issues surrounding the industry. “We need to acknowledge that we need prescription medications, but understand that the current system is broken—-these are the first steps toward progress,” says Slattery-Moschkau.

With Michael Moore’s film Sicko due out in fall of 2006, the pharmaceutical industry will have its hands full this year. “For me, this is not a witch hunt,” says Slattery-Moschkau. “It’s about accountability, raising awareness, and leveling the playing field—the beauty of a free market system.”

To arrange an interview with Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, contact Cari Reisinger of Hummingbird Pictures at (414) 264-1065.

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