Why Did Houston’s Mayor Prevent VAXXED From Being Screened?

maxresdefaultBy Derrick Broze

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has intervened to prevent the Houston International Film Festival from screening the controversial film VAXXED.

Only one week after being removed from New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe, the documentary which highlights a whistleblowing scientist from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, has been removed from the WorldFest-Houston International Film & Video Festival.

The film follows the story of CDC research scientist, Dr. William Thompson. In August 2014, Thompson claimed that researchers involved in a study on the MMR vaccine “fudged numbers” to lower the number of black children who were adversely affected. Thompson is a senior scientist at the CDC and has been with the agency since 1998. On August 27, 2014 Dr. Thompson released a statement acknowledging that he and co-authors from a 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics did in fact omit important information from a study on the link between vaccines and autism.

Dr. Thompson originally did not intend to be so forthcoming about his involvement until it was revealed that conversations he had with Dr. Brian Hooker had been recorded. Dr. Thompson handed over thousands of pages of documents to Congressman Bill Posey’s office for review. Posey serves on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. There was very little chatter about the CDC whistleblower for quite some time until July 29th, 2015, when Congressman Bill Posey took to the floor of the House to discuss Dr. William Thompson and his documents. The debut of VAXXED has only increased the attention on Thompson’s claims.

VAXXED was originally scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival but was removed and has faced heavy censorship. The film was also scheduled for the last night of the Houston International Film Festival, but was ultimately removed by officials with the festival after being contacted by officials within the Mayor’s Office. The news was first reported by Fox 26 in Houston.

Breaking – Fox 26 has confirmed the controversial Autism film VAXXED has been dropped from the line-up of the Houston…

Posted by Greg Groogan FOX 26 on Thursday, April 7, 2016

“Breaking – Fox 26 has confirmed the controversial Autism film VAXXED has been dropped from the line-up of the Houston International Film Festival following the direct intervention of Mayor Sylvester Turner.”

“The mayor asked that it be removed from the lineup. I believe Judge Emmett did the same,” said Janice Evans, Chief Policy Officer & Director of Communications with the Mayor’s Office.

“The film was also removed from the Tribeca Film Festival lineup so Houston is not alone. In fact, it was that move that raised the concerns locally,” she added.

Mrs. Evans is referring to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. A spokesperson for Judge Emmett told KHOU that the film festival had mistakenly implied that the county government was providing funding for the festival. Judge Emmett, a supporter of childhood vaccination programs, contacted the festival and Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office. Since the City of Houston is involved in providing funding to the Houston International Film Festival, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs reached out and asked that the film not be screened.

Activist Post contacted Janice Evans and was able to confirm that the Mayor did not directly stop the film from being shown, but did ask that it not be screened at the Houston International Film Festival. “The mayor did not halt the showing of the movie. He asked that it not be included in the lineup because the film festival has received city grant funding,” Janice Evans told AP. “It is contradictory for the city to provide financial assistance to an event that is disseminating an anti-vaccination message that is counter to the work our health department does.”

I pressed the Mayor’s Office further, asking if it would it be contradictory for the city to allow Houstonians to view a film that provides them with information needed to make wise health decisions. I also pressed Mrs. Evans on whether or not the taxpayers of Houston have a right to view the film and choose how best to treat their families. “The statement I provided to you will suffice,” Evans retorted.

Hunter Todd, chairman of the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, told KHOU that he intended to drop the film because it was screening in other theaters around the country. “The situation was immediately defused when I explained to (the mayor’s cultural affairs office) that we’re not showing it,” Todd said. “However, obviously, this film has struck a chord.”

What Hunter Todd failed to mention to KHOU, is that he was actually pressured into dropping the film from the festival. In a leaked email between Hunter Todd and Philippe Diaz, head of Cinema Libre, the distributor of VAXXED, Todd says he was pressured by “Houston government officials” to drop the film.

“I wanted you to know that just like De Niro and Tribeca, we must withdraw our invitation to screen VAXXED! It has been cancelled, and there was no press release about the film…that was scheduled for today, but after very threatening calls late yesterday (Monday) from high Houston Government officials (the first and only time they have ever called in 49 years) – we had no choice but to drop the film,” states Todd’s email to Diaz.

“Heavy handed censorship, to say the least…they both threatened severe action against the festival if we showed it, so it is out,” he added.

“I do hope that they did not call or threaten you. It is done, it is out and we have been censored… There are some very powerful forces against this project. It does seem a bit of overkill, as I am confident that it will be released Online soon and millions of people can see it.”

Activist Post spoke with both Todd and Diaz, and confirmed that the email is factual. Although Todd acknowledged the email, he denied that there was pressure. Instead, Todd claims that the programming committee for the Houston International Film Festival had already pulled the film because it was premiering in multiple cities and the festival only accepts new film premieres. He stated that his office was contacted by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs but downplayed the “very threatening calls from high Houston Government officials”  mentioned in the email.

Philippe Diaz, however, was more forthcoming about the email. “Unfortunately, it was not supposed to be leaked to the outside. It was a personal email sent to me and I made the mistake of sending it to the Director and the Producer, and someone leaked it to the press. But, yes, I received that email,” Diaz told AP.

“It is not an anti-vaccination movie, people are judging the movie without seeing it first. Even Robert De Niro said the film was not anti-vaccination,” Diaz continued. “Why didn’t the Mayor’s Office ask us to see the film? We would have been happy to show it to them.”

De Niro has in fact explained that he is not anti-vaccine. Still, the actor and co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival said, “I didn’t want to make it a whole controversy with the festival. I said let me just pull it, we’ll deal with it later.”

Philippe Diaz also reiterated that the film was only recommending that the MMR vaccine be given after three years of age, or split it into three shots. “How can that be anti-vaccine?” he asked.

I think Tribeca created a major precedent by allowing their sponsors to decide what movies they can show. That’s exactly what happened. The Directors of Tribeca confirmed it to us. They had problems with sponsors. I think it created a horrible precedent, if you do not like what is in a movie, no matter the quality of the film you can pull it from a festival. It sends a horrible message to the filmmakers community. Either make a movie that sponsors like, if not you might not be included in any festival.

Regardless of your opinion on Dr. Thompson, or even vaccinations, the treatment of this film, especially intervention from city officials, is a very troubling sign. How can we the people make informed decisions about the medical establishment, government, the media, corporations, and all the various mechanisms that affect our lives on a daily basis? We simply cannot. Every free heart and mind deserves to be informed before they can best decide the path that will lead to a free and prosperous life. The Powers That Be are doing what they can to take that away from the people of Houston.

Derrick Broze is an investigative journalist and liberty activist. He is the Lead Investigative Reporter for ActivistPost.com and the founder of the TheConsciousResistance.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Derrick is available for interviews.

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  • amuncat

    They don’t get it! Now this will be one of the most watched films of the year!!!

    • colinjames71

      Right? Giving it the media blackout treatment would have been way smarter, but whatever, let them show their true colors and generate ten times more interest in the movie than otherwise.

    • Elizabeth Martin

      From your lips to God’s ears, anonymous!! cheers

    • Joan Camara

      Once it gets out there! I say, put it on Youtube! Probably get a MILLION views in a short time! But then, “they” would take it down from there too…quick. Sad.

  • blue579

    Protect your families, know more about vaccinations than your doctors.

    June 1, 1984, The US Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Register Rules and Regulations:
    “…any possible doubts, whether or not well founded, about the safety of the vaccine cannot be allowed to exist in the view of the need to assure that the vaccine will be used to the maximum extent consistent with the nation’s public health objectives.” – – – CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO EXIST???

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWP6e2CYPo8

  • Cypher

    They can only stick their fingers in the cracks of this dam for so long.

  • colinjames71

    Maybe if they watched the dang movie, they might realize they can save money by not giving so many kids autism. The movie, as noted, isn’t even anti vax. The pressure is on because big pharma doesn’t want their cash cow threatened. Bunch a friggin stupid sheeps in this country. Sheeple is too kind.

    • Elizabeth Martin

      Frankly, folks should stop insulting sheep…………..it is PEOPLE, ADULTS, who refuse to become informed…………..cheers

      • colinjames71

        Point taken! 🙂

      • colinjames71

        Are you a doctor by any chance? I just saw a comment on a YouTube video on the newearth channel by a Dr. Elizabeth Martin. I asked there too if you were this person.

  • Undecider

    Why did he do it? Because that’s what the order from the NWO was.

    • Dickard

      More “sickness” to be “treated” by modern “medicine”. Most of these losers are happy to comply based on what they are told, not caring enough to research anything on their own. The rest can apparently be bought easily.

  • Glenn Festog

    We have three major immune systems. Those three have, between them, 18 subsystems; vaccines effect only one (antibodies) of those subsystems. Can you say “placebo effect”?

    Antibodies from vaccines = good, antibodies from contact with the disease = bad, needs vaccine. 500 to 750k years of existence, with the immune system to match, vs 50 years of Big Pharma profits; which explains why POLITICIANS are now MEDICAL EXPERTS. Their MONEY is at risk so your children don’t matter. Figure it out.

  • Chris Sky

    Ohhh i get it… ““The mayor did not halt the showing of the movie. He asked that it not be included in the lineup ”

    …. yes kids… this is what we call “Orwellian Doublespeak” where they tell a lie and admit to the lie in the same sentence in a way that makes you think they didn’t lie at all.

    “the mayor did not halt the showing of the movie” (lie) followed up by “he asked that it no be included in the lineup”
    ignorant fools read this and simply take it at face value and repeat the first part “The mayor did not halt the showing of the movie”

    intelligent people read the second part and realize it’s literally admitting that the mayor did INDEED stop the showing of the movie.. but since IDIOTS believe what they are told FIRST.. they only REGISTER the part where it says “The Mayor did NOT halt the showing of the movie.”

    and voila that’s how “Orwellian Double Speak” tricks the weak minded to believe ridiculous contradicting statements.

    • jamieobomber

      The Mayor didn’t halt it – the festival did ( or else! )

    • Joan Camara

      Comes from people eating chemicalized, GMO food that is in 95% of the grocery store…practically everything in the store has these ingredients. I guess when you eat “genetically modified organism” food, it’s possible that it affects the brain? All corn crop in this country is GMO. How many products in the grocery store have “high fructose CORN syrup” in the ingredients? Check your loaf of bread. And you wonder, why people just accept “things” as they are, no matter what. They don’t think anymore!!!
      I’m seeing it more and more in people’s driving!! It’s amazing how bad it’s getting out there! To even think that Clinton could actually be prez? This country has gone to the…whatever. It’s shot! Only a few intelligent people left who know what “they” are doing to us. Eat and drink only clean, organic food, and drink……you’ll see and feel the difference, in looks, and energy. And you brain works better too!
      Sorry if I got off point to your comment, but it’s all about stupidity.

  • joshmo

    The Mayor should be impeached – this is anti first amendment.

  • Trico

    “the City of Houston is involved in providing funding to the Houston
    International Film Festival, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
    reached out and asked that the film not be screened.”
    That “funding” is Taxpayer money NOT Houston Government money or any of it’s Agencies,
    Houston folk need to Wake Up and Demand that VAXXED be shown.
    As usual, the Criminal Corporate Operatives posing as your Government are keeping you from learning the Truth to Protect the Big Pharma & the AMA’s huge Gravy Train.

  • Elizabeth Martin

    Since when is a Mayor given the authority to censor ANYTHING??? I suggest the people in Texas sue him in the court of law – or is he just given a free pass to IGNORE the Constitutional rights of all citizens if he feels like it? What’s next – no films on staying healthy through proper diet?? sheeeeeeesh

  • drbhelthi

    Certainly, “Judge Emmett” should be required to view the film, if ” Judge Emmett, a supporter of childhood vaccination programs – ” is an accurate statement. Researchers might also ask if “Judge Emmett” owns stock in a pharmacy company or is directly connected to physicians who administer “vaccines”.
    If “Judge Emmett” were properly educated with the facts of the fraud, “Vaccination,” I suspect Judge Ed Emmett would reverse his stance on “vaccination” immediately.

  • Elizabeth Martin

    SUE him……………period. Impeachment will simply result in a duplicate dude being put in place. We still have SOME of our Constitution – but ONLY if we fight for it in court, and in our daily lives. cheers

  • CTC Wilson

    Umm.. could be that there is a whole pack of homos and lesbos in Houston. Like the Chinese say (who, incidentally, are taking over Houston) sum-ting-wong. Sickos.

  • CTC Wilson

    Isn’t it fair to say that Queers Queer about anything up?

  • CTC Wilson

    She claims that she is a man born in a woman’s body. How sick is this?

  • carpkiller

    I wou;d not have complied if it had been my decision.What is he going to do,sue the people playing the film. People better start fighting.

  • Dd

    VAXXED is not an anti-vaccine movie, it is not about Dr. Wakefield.
    VAXXED is about the deliberate efforts by CDC scientists and officials to cover-up the link between the MMR vaccine and autism, which was given to young children between 15 and 18 months, rather than delaying the shot to lower the risk of this neurological disease.
    This should be shaking the core of all journalists and law enforcement to investigate one of the biggest frauds and cover-ups of our time.

    • Elizabeth Martin

      NOT just the CDC – this is an Englishman, a doctor in the English Medical System. So this is NOT a single-country event. ALL adults, NOT just journalists, should be studying this issue. Otherwise, there will be no more humans in a generation or so……..cheers

    • Joan Camara

      Well, ok, maybe ONE of the biggest….perhaps. I’d have to add…what the corporations are doing to US and our FOOD…as another one of the biggest! Learn about Monsanto, GMO’s, high fructose CORN syrup, that is in 95% of our food…EVEN in our bread, any and all bread. Now go learn about the opposite…ORGANIC food!! Clean, healthy food..costs a little more…but people need to buy as much as they can afford, an eat and drink as much as they can. Their whole entire life will change for the better! KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

  • Dd

    Dr. Andrew Wakefield mentioned in an interview not long ago, that by the year 2032, if we continue to see this same rise in autism rates, we will be looking at 1 in 2 children with autism.
    FOLKS – listen up….. that means
    1) you will either be someone with autism or
    2) looking after someone with autism.

    • Yvonne Forsman

      In 2025 half of newborn babies will have autism b/c all the environmental toxins (in food, water, air) accumulate in our bodies and affect us all. 80% of food in the grocery store has the toxic herbicide Glyphosate, used on GMO and non-GMO crops, produced by Monsanto. Glyphosate is in our urine, even in breast milk. Glyphosate leads to autism, cancer, infertility, birth defects and a long list of other health problems.

      • Joan Camara

        Amen, someone out there is with me! 95% of corn grown in this country is GMO. And 95% of what is in the grocery store has THIS ingredient in IT… “high fructose CORN syrup”. People need to check the ingredient list of everything they buy. This is in a loaf of bread! What is THAT doing in there?? Every bag, boxed, canned food has got two or more OTHER chemicals in there! The answer is to buy as much organic food as anyone can! Yes, there are organic companies that lie, but if people would sign up for organic newsletters, they could know which organic company is selling out to Monsanto! Like Annie’s Organics….(Not, Amy’s)
        There is so much that people don’t know about their food.
        Like, all factory farmed animals get hormone shots (to make them fatter…faster), antibiotic shots (because they live in dark and filthy huge buildings), and are fed GMO grain!
        Does anything know what GMO IS? Genetically Modified Organism….does that sound yummy?
        Stop eating diary (cheese, ice cream, etc etc), and especially drinking diary (millk is the worst! lowfat, skim, forget it) Now since some stores such as Walmart and Target are getting on the Organic bandwagon, you can find your favorite product or brand in organic! Look for the round circle in the front that says (USDA Organic).
        People wouldn’t believe how good they would feel, and look. I, myself, lost 50 pds without even knowing it was happening!
        Also people should not bother eating regular fruits and vegetables. They are sprayed with MANY chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides. Again,, eat ORGANIC fruits and vegetables ONLY.
        They may cost a little more, but it’s worth it for your health! Give a week or two… see if you don’t start looking better, AND feeling better…with more energy you wouldn’t believe!
        Eat AND drink only organic! As much as you can afford. Pay the high price for organics, or pay a doctor in the long run. Thanks for reading!
        And thanks Yvonne, for a GREAT comment!

    • Elizabeth Martin

      And our NEXT GENERATION will be burdened with this, not to mention the many, many other chronic disabilities/disease, or dead children…………..autism is only connected w/the MMR vax……… do you know how many vax they shoot into pregnant moms, babies on their FIRST DAY OF LIFE ( Hep B), and on and on?????/////

  • BikeIce

    Since when can a publicly elected personage legally stop a film from being shown that is sponsored by a private entity? The film festival should sue him for illegal censorship.

  • Yvonne Forsman

    “..anti-vaccination message that is counter to the work our health department does.” Hahaha!!! He admits the TX health department is a bunch of idiots, harming children with vaccines!

  • Elizabeth Martin

    He had NO RIGHT …….totally Unconstitutional. Stand up there, Texans. Sue his sorry…….self. Impeaching him is useless…………..make him pay. cheers

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  • RenegadeProphet

    They dont want the sheeple to know that vaccines are toxic bioweapons now because of Planet X!
    The entire government are evil treasonous criminals. The day of the next false flag using the nuke they stole in 2007 and blamed on Iran, America will be destroyed by Russia, China and the SCO. This is the war of Armageddon and you can know it is now because of Planet X and the toxic chemtrails that hide it every day. Planet X will end the war when it rips the earth apart again but 90% of Americans will be dead already. All planned by your evil government.

  • LudVanB

    Too bad the Festival organizers are cowards and did not stand up to this blatant violation of the 1st amendment. They should have fought and fought hard. The media rolling over on it’s back and just giving up to these Gestapo/Stasi tactics is the road to totalitarianism. I will not attend any of Tribeca’s events ever again.

  • Robert Green

    It is censorship at its worst! Unitl they see it, how can they make a claim? I’m sure that the producers woould have gladly shown it to them beforehand. Fear is a tool that precedes logic. With this kind of advertisment, It should make it in the theaters by a landslide. I’d want to see it. But, then, that is what they dont’t want too.

  • colinjames71

    Ain’t. That. Something! It must have been an older one or an interview posted on another channel because Sylvie doesn’t do comments on her videos anymore. I use my real name on YouTube, James Collins. I go by Jamie. I found that channel last weekend and watched the entire Survivors series by this past tuesday, I find her unique among alternative ancient site researchers. Yes, we must talk more. It’s late now I’m about to fall asleep. It’s a small world in this gigantic universe 🙂

  • colinjames71

    Correction, J. Collins is my YouTube handle. Also the word I was looking for was “holistic” doctors who were killed. I’m not even sure if that fits either though I believe that word was used in an article. I listened to a great podcast recently about those deaths and the specific research which may have been the link between the doctors. Was a theory but sounded plausible. I’ll email the link.

    colinjames1971@gmail.com is my email address.

    Tty soon 🙂

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