CHMP National Advisory Council member Andre Blackman is the co-founder of the FastForward Health Film Festival – an event dedicated to highlighting the stories of forward thinking in health initiatives around the world.
The intersection of art and health impact is steadily moving forward. With people like Regina Holliday redefining what advocacy is through her own artistic talent, the next generation of health/healthcare innovation is shaping up nicely.
Two years ago, myself and colleagues David Haddad and Aman Bhandari thought about the absence of positive aspects of public health/healthcare innovation and the constant discussion (especially among traditional initiatives and professionals) of our health woes. Enter the idea of storytelling through film – pretty much the lowest barrier to understanding a concept and something many of us really enjoy!
How could we gather people together to connect with ideas, visually absorb all of the great innovations taking place around the world and in our backyards as well as hearing from noted thought leaders – all while in a fun, relaxing environment?
Thus – the FastForward Health Film Festival project was born.
This October 22nd, we are bringing the event back to New York City to host new films and celebrate those who are making us think & act differently to change the landscape of health for communities. We are going to be hosted at the fantastic co-working space, New Work City and sponsored by the forward thinking team over at Luminary Labs. When we first got started, we had no idea the amount of camaraderie and excitement that this event would bring to people from all different backgrounds – but here we are and we’re excited to continue to shed light on health innovations through film.
Hope to see you in NYC! Get your tickets before this next batch sells out too!