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As part of VaccinateLA (Kipke/Baezconde-Garbanati, PIs), Jeremy Kagan and Sheila Murphy’s Telling Stories, Saving Lives worked with young Latinx and African American filmmakers trained at USC School of Cinematic Arts to create two short stories that debunk common myths that underlie vaccine hesitancy in those specific populations. 

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Of Reasons and Rumors follows a tight-knit Latino family in East LA who disagree about the importance and safety of Covid vaccination. 

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Happy Birthday, Granny revolves around an African-American family in South LA celebrating their grandmother’s birthday when an argument leads to an honest discussion about the truth about the development and safety of the Covid vaccine. 

The films were produced with the support of USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Keck School of Medicine at USC, VaccinateLA, StayConnectedLA, and ACTransformative Media. For more information, please contact Laura Stoddard ([email protected]).