Kidney Transplant Program Featured in Award-Winning Documentary

Stony Brook’s Department of Kidney Transplant recently participated in a real-life documentary to help shed light on living kidney donation. The  documentary, titled  “Bean,” can be viewed on the FUSE network.

This documentary is the story of a young woman with lupus who was on the kidney transplant wait list. It takes you through the struggles with her illness to finding a living kidney donor, to the transplant workup process, and living donor surgery itself. Her kidney transplant has restored her quality of life. Featured in the film are Dr. Wayne Waltzer, Dr. Frank Darras, the Kidney Transplant Team, and other healthcare staff members at Stony Brook University Hospital as they take part in this journey.

To read the full story click the following links: 

 wayne waltzer frank darras             bean
                     Dr. Frank Darras and Dr. Wayne Waltzer                                                                       Alana and Lori

The documentary has been showing at various film festivals throughout the country and has won multiple awards:

Hamptons Take 2 Film Festival, Sag Harbor, NY (December 2017)

Big Apple FilmFestival, New York, NY (November 2017)​

  • "Best Feature Documentary” winner

High Falls Film Festival, Rochester, NY (November 2017)​​

​​Woodstock Film Festival, Woodstock, NY (October 2017)​​

First Glance Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA​ (October 2017)​​​

  • “Best of the Fest” and “Best Documentary” winner
  • “Best Feature Length Director” nominee

Out Here Now Film Festival, Kansas City, MO (June 2017)​​​

AmDocs Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA - World Premiere (April 2017)​​​

  • “Best of the Fest” official selection​​​