Joe Hartnett and Dayle D. Hartnett, Ph.D. founded the nonprofit Pacific Film Foundation (PFF) in 2004, to educate audiences who may lack knowledge of important aspects of human history, social justice and medical science and to inspire discourse supporting a healthy, multicultural planet Earth.
The original, ad hoc purpose of the organization was to fund, develop and film the documentary, A Delicate Balance (2005) at the City of Hope, a world leader in scientific research and state-of-the-art treatment of deadly diseases, including cancer and diabetes.
In 2006 and based upon our work with City of Hope, PFF began the very long term development and production of The Forever Fix (based on the book of the same name by noted medical science journalist and author Ricki Lewis, Ph.D.), a feature documentary about novel, life-saving personalized therapies based upon each patient’s individual and unique DNA. To date, PFF has archived over 75 hours of HD footage and sound. Our current estimate is that post-production will begin in 2020 or 2021.
Our documentary feature film, Freedom Inside, begun in 2012 is in Re-Development due to the closing of the prison in which PFF was filming. The women in this Mediation and Peacemaking Training program (formerly at Valley State Prison for Women, Chowchilla, CA) are seen experiencing dramatic personal transformations, allowing each one to re-discover her own humanity and to establish a new purpose for her life.
Our most recent film, Black Jack, The Life & Legacy of General John H. Pershing has nearly completed production and is beginning post production. Black Jack is slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2017 and in conjunction with the U.S.A. World War I Centennial events of 2018.