Directed by Donald Rayne Mitchell and co-produced by Gloria Lewis, HILLEMAN – A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children, tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus — to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, invent the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and develop the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. Through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare archival footage, and 3-D animations, the film puts a human face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man. 

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How to view the film 

HILLEMAN is distributed by First Run Features and is available in a variety of formats for use in personal and public venues.


Rent or purchaseHILLEMAN is available in several formats for rent or purchase. Click the link for the format of interest to get details about the options. 

A few notes related to the formats offered by First Run Features:

  • Subtitles included with the streaming format: English (US), Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), and Romanian 
  • Subtitles available on DVD: English, Spanish and Romanian
  • Nine animations are also included on the DVD and Blu-ray

Subscription services – The English version of HILLEMAN is also available on the subscription streaming platform, Kanopy.  

Screening Licenses  

License type and screening fees are determined by First Run Features based on several factors, such as the number of times you plan to show the film, anticipated audience size and venue, and desired format. If you are interested in coordinating a public or private screening of the film, licensing the film, or have related questions, please visit our contact page or send an email to, so that we can assist you or put you in touch with the licensing contact at First Run Features.

Public Performance Rights License (PPR) - This license gives you the legal right to show the film and provides you with a copy of the film in a format that works with your audio/visual setup. The cost is usually between $150-350. 

Educational Screening License - This license is for classroom use only. It does not cover any public screenings. Classrooms can access the film in a few ways:

  • Institutional DVD: Price is $295 and is available from First Run Features. If you are interested in this option, please contact us, as described above. 
  • Kanopy (subscription required):

Digital Site License (DSL) - This license permits a client to host and stream the licensed content on a password protected server. DSLs are available in 1-, 3- and 5-year terms, and in some cases for the "Life of the File Format." Clients who opt for a 3+ year DSL receive a free DVD (no PPR- Public Performance Rights). License fees are as follows for a single title:

  • 1 year/$99
  • 3 years/$249
  • 5 years/$399
  • Life of the file format/$499