The Curve, a documentary from Canadian filmmaker and journalist Adam Benzine (Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah) that tackles the U.S. government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now streaming in its entirety, ad-free, via YouTube in advance of the American presidential election.
The film was shot over the last seven months while lockdown measures gripped the globe. In particular, it details the three-month period, from mid-January of this year to mid-April, when choices made by the Trump administration set the course for the impact of COVID-19 upon America.
The Curve combines creatively treated archive footage with interviews featuring a range of analysts, epidemiologists, authors, journalists and political figures.
Experts and sources interviewed for the film include Dr. Ali Khan, former director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response; Dr. Emily Landon, chief infectious-disease epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine; Sonia Shah, investigative journalist and author of Pandemic; Ilan Goldenberg, former U.S. State Department Advisor; Dr. Gavin Macgregor-Skinner, director of the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC); and Ed Yong, science writer for The Atlantic.
Entertainment lawyer Divya Shahani executive produced the doc. Tiffany Beaudin (Prosecuting Evil, Man vs. Machine) edited the film, while Melissa Hood (The Reckoning, On My Way Out) served as associate producer, and Diana Warmé (The Skyjacker’s Tale) as line producer.
A Kickstarter fundraising campaign for the film recently wrapped, with more than than 170 backers contributing to help finish rendering VFX, clear footage and secure insurance.