The Pollard Library in Lowell is ramping up its film offerings. Hallelujah! Tomorrow’s screening of the groundbreaking, shocking, and possibly terrifying Under the Eightball represents the very best in what the Pollard is offering local film buffs. Another reason for this event to be on your Saturday to-do list is the guest appearance of Director/Writer/Producer Timothy Grey — given the controversial nature of this film, this will be a treat INDEED. We encourage you to make time for this FREE film event.
From UnderTheEightball.com — this sums up Timothy Grey’s poignant film mission:
“In 1951 at Fort Detrick, Maryland, construction crews built a hollow metal sphere four stories high. Inside germ weapons were to be exploded, creating mists of infectious aerosols for testing on animals….and people. Employees called it the eight ball. In the summer of 2006 my sister Lori was afflicted with an illness that, ten months later, has yet to be definitively diagnosed. Less than one year ago she had full function of her body, regularly riding bicycles, swimming and gardening with her son Jackson. One day, while helping Jackson onto his bicycle her leg gave way beneath her and she collapsed. Two diagnoses took rein: Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, incurable and fatal, and Lyme disease, an easily treatable and often durable ailment. At the time my knowledge of Lyme was the same as others –What’s Lyme? A disease — How do you get it? Ticks – What does it do? Makes you sick. Right? – Well, Lyme disease can be hard to diagnose with its vague flu-like symptoms. However, when Lori described a bite she had that was surrounded with Lyme’s trademark round red rash, commonly called a “bulls-eye,” why didn’t doctors start her on a routine regimen of antibiotics? If untreated Lyme’s can cause debilitating arthritis and joint swelling, meningitis, blindness, fatigue, droopy eyes and other serious conditions. Why wouldn’t doctors prescribe the harmless antibiotics? We were all very scared at what was happening to Lori and we had discovered, but even more frightening was the possibility that this was something that could have been prevented…. or worse that it was intentional in the name science and National Security… I had questions… many questions. And I’d be damned if they went unanswered.”