ONE MORE GIRL is an answer Merck and Co’s One Less Girl marketing campaign for the HPV vaccine Gardasil. The parents who encouraged their daughters to get the HPV vaccine did so on the advice of their doctors, their government, and their belief in the pharmaceutical companies. They were not “anti-vaccine,” they played by the rules, and now they are paying the price.
STORY: In 2009, a 16-year old girl went to her doctor for a routine check-up. In the office, she was offered Gardasil, a new vaccine hailed as a revolutionary preventative that vaccinated against four cervical cancer causing strains of the Human Papiloma Virus. Within minutes after her first injection, Donielle Richardson was on the floor violently convulsing in her mothers arms in a epileptic episode. The doctors, not being present for the seizure, assumed that she had fainted from fear of needles. The following year she suffered many new health issue, including ????????
The Richardson family began to look for answers to see if her reaction was unique, but the truth was far from it. Around the world, tens of thousands of girls and families were reporting similar reactions to the vaccine, some fatal.
Her brothers, Ryan and David, wedding filmmakers by career, decided to do something about it. They set out to make a documentary about the issue. After partnering with SaneVax and Truth About Gardasil, the two leading organizations in the issue, they turned to Kickstarter’s crowd-funding platform to raise funds for the film. On April 11th, 2011, with the vigilant help of a global community full of supporters, they raised over $42,000, surpassing their goal of $37,000.
After a successful fund-raising campaign, Ryan and David, joined by their youngest brother Charlie, and another experienced filmmaker, Gryhmn Jnnings, set out to make a feature length documentary interviewing families that have been victimized by the vaccine, as well as broad range of experts that have developed independent views on the widely held dogmatic topic.