While CURED is indisputably about science, medicine, politics, and the process of social change, this film at its core is about a group of extraordinary activists with stubborn dedication and big personalities who came together at a crossroads in LGBTQ history. These unlikely heroes’ passion for justice — and their belief that they, and not psychiatrists, were the experts on their own lives — propels the story and forms the backbone of CURED.
CURED received co-production funding from the Independent Television Service (ITVS). The film was one of seven documentaries chosen from among 270 proposals submitted to ITVS’ Open Call initiative. Open Call selects a new cohort of films twice a year. Established by Congress in 1988 to expand the diversity and innovativeness of programming available to public broadcasting, ITVS supports the production and distribution of independent documentaries, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
Building on their track record with related films on the LGBTQ past, award-winning filmmakers Patrick Sammon and Bennett Singer will leverage opportunities to reach millions of viewers in the U.S. and abroad through theatrical release, national and international broadcast, film festivals, workplace events, conference screenings, educational distribution, and dissemination on digital platforms as well as on Blu-ray and DVD. Sammon and Singer’s previous documentaries have reached more than five million viewers and have been shown at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including The Sundance Film Festival, The Kennedy Center, The National Archives, The United Nations, and The British Museum.