The Malaria War

A Documentary by Kathleen Quillian & Caz Tanner

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Through intimate character-driven stories, this innovative documentary uncovers the struggle to eliminate one of mankind’s greatest adversaries when there is no vaccine, failing drugs, and a malaria parasite that is evolving faster than we can keep up. Over the past 50-years, we have made huge strides in controlling malaria, yet all of those gains could soon be lost. Malariologists estimate that we have 3-5 years before lethal strains of malaria spread across the planet, rendering us helpless against the disease. Scientists are now in a race against time to eliminate drug-resistant malaria before these deadly parasites once again sweep across the globe. While filming a documentary project in Kenya, filmmakers Kathleen Quillian and Caz Tanner became aware of malaria’s toll on the region and began to research the issue. Once uncovering the impending threat Southeast Asia poses to Africa, the two filmmakers decided to take action to help prevent this global disaster
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The Filmmakers:

Director:  Kathleen Quillian is a documentary filmmaker with a passion for storytelling and giving a voice to those who otherwise would go unheard. Since receiving her B.A. in Journalism and Documentary Production from Flagler College, this past year Kathleen worked for award-winning independent production companies in San Francisco. Kathleen works with filmmakers in all aspects of production including social media, data research, film-trailer editing, shooting interviews, fundraising management, and distribution. Kathleen currently works with local documentary filmmakers in her city of Atlanta, GA. Previously, Kathleen interned as a researcher at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta. During her time as an intern at WABE, Kathleen’s reporting on the Atlanta homeless crisis was broadcast on National NPR and won a Georgia Associated Press Broadcaster’s Award. As the producer for the short documentary film, “Living Positive,”  Kathleen travelled to Kenya for four weeks. This film highlights the innovative work of the Safe Water Aids Project and was an “Official Selection” at the Flagler Film Festival, St. Augustine Film Festival, and the Orlando Film Festival. Kathleen was the president of the Society of Professional Journalists Flagler chapter. As president, Kathleen created Flagler’s first ever completely student managed and produced television station, FCTV Newscenter. As Executive Producer, she pursued investigative news stories, shedding light on the mishandling of sexual assault cases on campus and uncovering a student grade inflation scandal. On graduation, she received the prestigious Academic Achievement in Communication Award. Kathleen is excited about the months ahead, working with her film partner and the pioneers of malaria research.

Director:  Caz Tanner was born and raised in England and educated in Bloomington, Indiana.  Caz has embraced her wandering spirit in her vocation as filmmaker. As Senior Video Producer for Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Caz has led shoots all around the world including China, India and Vietnam, on top of too many national shoots to count. Caz has also been an instrumental force in the creation of “Momentum,” an online magazine that brings to life the stories of inspirational Kelley School alumni. For the creation of the Momentum China Issue, Caz and her crew spent four weeks in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Caz created video stories about influential business leaders including the Asia-Pacific CEO of HSBC Bank and the President of Whirlpool-Asia. In 2014, Caz saved all of her vacation days to travel to Kenya for four weeks to create the short documentary “Slum Dreams.” The film won Best Short Documentary at the Highland Park Independent Film Festival and was an official selection at multiple film festivals, including the Chicago International Social Change Film Festival, the Ethnografilm Festival in Paris, the FilmAid Festival in Kenya. Previously, Caz was a News Intern for the CBS affiliate WISH-TV in Indianapolis, a Video Intern for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions, and a Reporter for Big Ten Network’s “The Tom Crean Show.” As a freelance filmmaker, Caz has also produced content for Red Bull, Yellowpages, and AOL. Recently, Caz was a top 25 semi-finalist, out of over 300 applications, for a National-Geographic Fulbright Fellowship. Caz received her B.A. in film and media production from the Media School at Indiana University.