The Antidote

Filmmaker: Kahane Cooperman, John Hoffman
Runtime: 102 min

Made in response to the times we are living in, THE ANTIDOTE is a feature documentary that weaves together stories of kindness, decency, and the power of community in America. It’s about everyday people who make the intentional choice to lift others up and make their communities better, despite the fundamentally unkind ways of our society — which are at once facts of life in America, and yet deeply antithetical to our founding ideals.

About the Filmmakers

Kahane Cooperman is a documentary filmmaker and television producer. She directed and produced the 2017 Academy Award-nominated short documentary “Joe’s Violin”. Currently, she is the Executive Producer/Showrunner of the Untitled Holcomb Project, a non-fiction series for SundanceTV. Prior, she was the Executive Producer and Showrunner of The New Yorker Presents, a series for Amazon Prime. From 2005-2015, she was Co-Executive Producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where she was originally hired as a field producer in 1996. For her work at the show, she received eleven Primetime Emmy awards and three Peabody awards. Kahane began her documentary career at Maysles Films in NYC. She directed and produced several documentaries prior to Joe’s Violin including Cool Water (Sundance Film Festival) and Making Dazed about Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused, which was broadcast on AMC and acquired by the Criterion Collection. Kahane has an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

John Hoffman is a six-time Emmy award-winning filmmaker, whose most recent films include the National Geographic portrait, FAUCI, which premiered at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival and THE ANTIDOTE which was theatrically released in 2020 before moving to Amazon Prime. Some of his other films include, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2017, and OUT OF MANY, ONE which premiered at the New York Film Festival, followed by Netflix in 2018.  Much of John’s work as a filmmaker has focused on the key health issues of our time, including THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION (HBO), ADDICTION (HBO), THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT (HBO), and FIRST IN HUMAN (Discovery) – a 6-hour series set in the world’s largest research hospital, the NIH’s Building 10.  In addition to making films, John has also been a network executive. He was the Executive Vice President of Documentaries & Specials for Discovery from 2015 to 2018, after nearly two decades as Vice President of Documentary Programming at HBO.