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SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY

LymeTV began production on our ongoing scientific documentary film titled Lyme: Shifting the Paradigm in 2018.  We have not filmed in person during the pandemic.  We will continue production in the fall of 2021 & are seeking funds to cover the final production expenses of our film.

LymeTV's production will be submitted to the Sundance Film Festival when completed.  The film will be free & available to all. 

LOGLINE

After a tick bite changes her life, a woman goes in search of the latest science about Lyme disease while she struggles to fit together the pieces for a full recovery.

SYNOPSIS

Adina’s life is irreparably shattered when a tick bite in Florida infects her with a handful of diseases. Having never heard of Lyme Disease before it is found in her spinal fluid, she searches for facts online only to discover the many errors & misconceptions about Lyme & other tick-borne diseases. On her path towards treatment, she faces a medical community largely ignorant of her diseases, & quite often apathetic about the growing epidemic. Some doctors dismissively suggest that her cognitive decline simply stems from “depression,” while others are arrogant enough to pronounce her “over-medicalized.” When she moves to Maine, she finds specialists more familiar with the severity of tick-borne disease. Almost five years after contracting Lyme, Adina undergoes additional diagnostic tests to find that the damage extends into her brain & every other part of her nervous system.

 

Throughout the process, Adina turns the camera on herself & begins recording her journey to warn others about Lyme disease, as well as to show doctors what she undergoes on a daily basis. Adina seeks to uncover the most relevant science on the topic, from genome analysis of the Borrelia spirochete to evidence about the neurological damage caused by the infection. It is this scientific odyssey that gives her hope in the face of repeated setbacks with her treatments. Science is at the heart of her endeavor.

 

While Adina pursues diagnoses & the recommended IV medication (to which she’s allergic & needs to be admitted into ICU for desensitization), she continues researching her diseases, which stand at the center of a schism in the medical community. Thrown into a world of illness & disability that was not in her life-plan, Adina begins to overcome her disease & grows determined to raise awareness among doctors about the emerging science of Lyme disease. She embarks on a crusade, interviewing dozens of medical professionals along the way, to help shift the medical paradigm.

Lyme: Shifting the Paradigm is a story of personal fortitude in the face of clinical decline, & an investigation of how science & medicine at first resists, & then succumbs, to a revolution in understanding a particular disease.

EXPERT INTERVIEWS

Lyme: Shifting the Paradigm seeks to interview the leading researchers who are advancing cutting-edge knowledge of Lyme disease.  To date we have filmed interviews with (in order of interview):
 
  • Dr. Charles Ray Jones, Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinician
  • Dr. Brian Fallon, Director of the Lyme & Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center at Columbia University
  • Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Computational Geneticist at MIT/Harvard
  • Dr. Monica Embers, Associate Professor, Division of Immunology, Tulane National Primate Research Center

FILM TEAM

Adina Bercowicz, Executive Producer

Before falling ill, Adina was pursuing a career in nonprofit leadership. Her past work includes volunteering as a first responder logistics expert with University of Miami’s Project Medishare after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. She then served as an executive leader for an educational nonprofit for impoverished families in Kolkata, India.

As her health declined, Adina decided to advocate for tick awareness & to direct the spotlight on an epidemic that eludes medical consensus, leaving thousands sick. After growing indignant with how some doctors are dismissive of Lyme patients, she founded LymeTV to highlight the science of tick-borne disease.

As a result of her advocacy & scientific focus, Adina served as a scientific consumer reviewer on the FY19 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, Tick-Borne Disease Research Panel & was asked to create a tick education curriculum for the University of New England’s AHEC CUP Scholar distinctions program.

As she continues to be treated for neurological damage, the extent of her recovery & the end of her story remain unknown.

Courtney Clark-Breton, Director of Photography

Courtney studied film under the expert tutelage of Ralph Clemente, a filmmaking legend who taught some of the finest production specialists in the entertainment industry. Upon graduation, Courtney immediately began working as a production assistant for numerous internationally acclaimed reality television series such as X Factor & Dr. K’s Excotic Animal ER. She later served as an editor for My Big Redneck Wedding & set photographer for The Ultimate Fighter. Courtney has worked on various programs produced by TLC, MTV, NBC, ESPN, Fox Sports, & Nat Geo.

Carol Heller, Production Manager

Carol is an entertainment attorney spending her time between South Florida & the New York tri-state area.  In addition to counseling high-profile entertainment personalities, Carol has worked on various film & television productions, including sporting & concert touring events, & world-wide corporate product launches. Carol serves as LymeTV's Legal Director on its Board of Directors, & has an active role in the production of the documentary film.

John Carkeet, Production Coordinator

John has worn many hats in the digital media community. As a producer for Limping Frog Productions, John has taken the role of producer, director, & writer for dozens of projects ranging from commercials & corporate videos to short films & sports documentaries. While serving his country as Public Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Army Reserve, John had the honor of telling the Army story through print, digital, & social media platforms on numerous assignments in Asia, North America, & the Middle East.

Telvin Mobley, Camera Operator & Segment Producer

Telvin was born & raised in Miami, Florida & broke into the film industry as a Production Assistant in early 2014. Through the years he has gained great knowledge in the Camera, Lighting, & Audio departments on a variety of shows & events that have appeared on NBC, ESPN, ABC, HBO, Netflix & many more. 

Melissa Kravitz Suey, Screen Writer

Melissa began her career as a news anchor & reporter, working for several ABC-TV affiliates before moving to Canada where she turned her focus away from hard news, towards more human-interest stories. A writer, teacher, & public speaker, she now spends much of her time coaching leaders & facilitating groups. She is proud to put her journalistic background to use for this very important work, as Lyme has touched so many families, including her own.

Rachel Magnan-Nadeau, Graphic Supervisor

BEHIND THE SCENES

SUPPORT OUR FILM

If you're able to support our capital campaign, please do.  100% of donations & sponsorships raised in 2021 including all events hosted by LymeTV will benefit the final production expenses of our film.

Your donations make an impact & will help produce an important film on the topic of tick-borne disease science!  If you are a corporation interested in sponsoring, please email info@lymetv.org for our sponsorship kit.

Science Matters

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Only science can bring us the answers we need to understand the unknowns.

Adina's Story

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Her illness & determination has launched LymeTV to help create change.

ABOUT US

LymeTV is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization dedicated to educating the global community about Lyme disease & other dangerous tick-borne infectious diseases located worldwide.  We believe the best way to reduce tick-borne diseases is by prevention, awareness, & early detection information. LymeTV aims to help reduce the incidence of these diseases through prevention methods & "daily tick check" education campaigns.

We are not a research facility; we are strictly an awareness organization.  We will only share information from reputable, scientifically-based sources.

MEET OUR TEAM

LymeTV is an all-volunteer team of staff & board members dedicated to advocating the dangers of tick-borne diseases.