Troubling Science

Troubling Science is our new project that is looking into the questionable scientific evidence that was used to convict several elite athletes of doping.

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In essence, this project documents the scientific research of a group of Norwegian scientists who have taken it upon themselves to battle some of the bad science that has taken place in WADA-accredited laboratories involving the use of EPO, a blood booster that improves athletic performance.  For their labour, they have received no payment and have been largely ignored by the doping community.  We hope that this project will give them exposure and force a debate about these cases that have been swept under the rug, and ruined several promising athletic careers in the process.

Their work dates back to the 2010 case of Erik Tysse, but first we will look at the most recent case of Vojtěch Sommer, as he has an upcoming hearing with the Czech Olympic Arbitration Committee to determine his future. Vojtěch has protested his innocence from the beginning, and has been very open about the process making all documents available at his website. (it’s in Czech, but google translate does adequately).

This video is superficial, but serves as a good introduction:

The relevant documentation can be found below, most important is the analysis done by the Norwegians (Document C). We encourage our viewers to offer outside opinions and information, as good science is built upon peer review. Unfortunately, multiple opinions are rarely allowed in the case of doping convictions.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) admits to catching only a very small percentage of known dopers, so it is easy to assume that the ones who are caught are guilty. However, this decision ultimately relies on laboratories and procedures which are prone to mistakes, mistakes which can unjustly ruin athletes’ careers. Furthermore, these cases often involve non-famous athletes in unglamorous sports that garner little public attention. It should be noted that in the case of Sommer WADA has not and likely will not be involved, as he is an amateur, and this has all happened at the Czech level. However the labs who accused him are WADA accredited.

This video will be one in a series that takes a closer look at under-the-radar cases of convicted dopers built upon questionable science. Our goal is to engage with WADA scientists in the pursuit of ensuring that only the best science is used in the never-ending desire for fairness in sport. Doping controls were first introduced as protections for clean athletes, which should logically include clean, falsely-accused athletes as well.

It is impossible to know whether these athletes doped. All we know is that the science involved in their tests raises questions about the validity of their convictions. In most legal systems, a person is innocent until proven guilty. Should this courtesy be extended to athletes? The answer is complex and involves many parties. We hope this project will shed some light on the process.

Our next video will look at the case of Irish sprinter Steven Colvert, who has also been very open about his case . Prof. Roger Pielke Jr. (who we have interviewed) wrote this piece for Newsweek about him:

Documents relating to Sommer Video:

Document A: Sommer’s  A sample results:
Document B: Sommer’s B sample results:
Document C: Norwegian Analysis of Results

The team at Loring Films was delighted to attend The Shortest Distance US premiere at the Chicago Irish Film Festival!

We picked up some hardware! Such an honour to just be selected from over 300 entries, getting another laurel just topping on the cake.

 

The Search for the Seanachaí

The Search for the Seanachaí

The oral tradition in Ireland goes back thousands of years. The fili (poets) of ancient Celtic society were in a class second only to royalty. After the English conquest of medieval Ireland, the tradition was continued by bards, and eventually the Seanachaí. The Seanachaí were not only storytellers, but historians, entertainers, and community leaders who preserved local history well into the twentieth century.  With the rise of radio and television, the Seanachaí slowly died out, and the oral tradition in Ireland was in danger of being lost forever.  In recent years, there has been a resurgence in amateur and professional storytellers; however the local Seanachaí are perhaps gone forever.

This film, scheduled to shoot in July of 2017, will scour the Irish countryside to see if there are still  Seanachaí in Ireland, and examine what local communities have lost in their absence.

 

If you would like to support this film, please email loringfilms@gmail.com

 

The Shortest Distance

The Shortest Distance

For standup comedians in Dublin, laughter is a drug, and they are all addicts. The Shortest Distance explores why the unifying aspect of laughter is often the only reward in the Irish comedy scene.

This is my first film as completed for my Master’s in Film Studies from Trinity College Dublin. I learned so much making it, and, most importantly, it’s how I decided this is what I want to do with my life.  Thank you to everyone who made it possible.

Directed Produced and Edited by Peter Loring McGee

Additional camerawork by Javier Munguia and Danielle Sheehan

 

Popcorn not Included

Popcorn Not Included

Musicians’ love for movies comes to life at a performance at Ireland’s National Concert Hall, which leads to an examination of the role of music in film.

 

Produced, Directed, Edited by Peter Loring McGee

Camerawork by Conor Tobin and Semilore Olusa

Location Recording Dean Murray

Filmed in Dublin, 2016.