PGP’s filmmakers produce award-winning feature-length films that give voice to communities and individuals impacted by complex health issues. See below for our work with HBO, Discovery Communications, National Geographic, and communities across the United States. These are today’s public health stories the way they deserve to be told.
First in Human
First in Human is an unprecedented look inside the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center, the nation’s largest research hospital, where the medicine of tomorrow is made. Narrated by Jim Parsons and purchased by Discovery Communications, First in Human provides unprecedented access to Building 10 on the NIH campus, the largest hospital in the world devoted solely to research.
It Impacts Us All
Opioids, including prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl, kill someone in the United States every 11 minutes—and at least five people every day in Florida alone. The odds of dying by accidental opioid overdose are now greater than dying in a car crash. This is the story of how one community is challenging the statistics and fighting back against the opioid epidemic that is tearing through communities across the country. These are the victims, the heroes on the front lines, and the dedicated community partners doing everything they can to reduce and eliminate the devastating effects of opioids across Orange County, Florida.
Martha's Vineyard experiences an influx of more than 100,000 visitors onto the 96-square-mile island every summer. But in the off-season, life in the tight-knit community is far calmer—and for those already struggling with the stigma of addiction, coupled with the more recent brutal pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic, the inactivity and isolation of the winter months can become deadly. On Island is a documentary film designed to shed light on these year-round challenges and mobilize this unique community to proactively embrace positive change.
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
The story of a huge, largely hidden, and entirely unexpected conservation movement in America. Narrated by award-winning journalist Tom Brokaw, and directed by Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated director Susan Froemke and PGP’s founder, Emmy-winning filmmaker John Hoffman, the film is based on Miriam Horn’s book, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland.” The film was purchased by Discovery Communications as a completed concept and debuted in the prestigious Documentary Premieres section at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
Sleepless in America
In partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH) and National Geographic, this highly-anticipated documentary drew upon the latest cutting-edge research and compelling stories to expose the crucial need for sleep and the shocking life-threatening consequences of its absence.
Weight of the Nation
To win, we have to lose. The Emmy-nominated four-part HBO Documentary Films series The Weight of The Nation explores the obesity epidemic in America. This series was the spark that formed PGP and has been credited with bringing the perspectives and experience of many of America’s health leaders in front of the public.