Storytelling that Drives Social Change
The band’s most ardent fans? The patients. The result? No Evidence of Disease, an intimate, humorous, and inspiring documentary from award-winning Spark Media.
No Evidence of Disease (N.E.D.) follows an unconventional rock band made up of six GYN surgeons, each passionate about music and each outraged by the wall of silence surrounding their field. The band’s name comes from the words every patient dreams of hearing: “No Evidence of Disease.”
Interweaving the harrowing experiences and stunning courage of women, devoted families, and dedicated doctors, this documentary takes an alternative approach to a difficult topic. While the record levels of public awareness and research funding for breast cancer are to be celebrated, “below the belt” cancers somehow remain taboo—a situation that directly kills through fatal misdiagnoses and delays. Of 90,000 women diagnosed with a GYN cancer every year, 30,000 will die. Yet, despite these cancers regularly claiming the lives of mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and partners, GYN cancer research receives a shockingly tiny fraction—not even 1%—of what goes into big-business breast cancer research. Even penile dysfunction and Viagra get more attention. No Evidence of Disease is set to trigger a sea change in cancer funding and awareness, giving a loud and clear voice to the full extent of women’s health needs.
As music and medicine join forces in the fight for life, our surgeons are transformed into rising rock stars, while their patients and loved ones jump on the train, infusing the struggle for survival with heart, hope and rock ‘n’ roll.
Visit the film’s official website at: www.nedthemovie.com
"Breast cancer has a ribbon, but GYN Cancer has a rock band!" Dr. Joanie Hope No Evidence of Disease
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Director and Producer:
Director of Photography:
Bryan Sarkinen, Oliver Lukacs
Jung Ah Suh
Luis G. Portillo
Dr. John Boggess
Dr. Joanie Mayer Hope
Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth
Dr. William “Rusty” Robinson
Dr. John Soper
Dr. Will Winter
Cine Golden Eagle Award
Madelyn’s Choice Award, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
Gold TIVA-DC Peer Award
Cancer Support Community
FORCE: Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) Foundation, Inc.
Help the Hoo-Hahs – Libby Malphrus
HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation
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LiveStrong: Andy Miller, Kelli Craddock, Brenda Ware, Brooke McMillan,Haley Justice Gardener
Lydia’s Legacy – Carin Ross Johnson
National Ovarian Cancer Coalition
Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance
Pinkie Hugs, LLC
Rhonda’s Club – Ovarian and Gyn Cancer Coalition (OGCC)
Shannon Miller Lifestyle
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Teal There is a Cure – Dina Blazek
The Yellow Umbrella – Christine Baze