A Digital Story By Ben Hartman “How much suffering is enough?” asks Ben Hartman, a 33-year-old doctor who contracted cancer at the age of 28. The question runs deep for Ben who grew up in a family where members had perished in the Holocaust. In collaboration with Lizzy Lees.
A Digital Story By Erin Price Schabert Diagnosed with breast cancer at 27, Erin determined not to let cancer take anything from her and to use the experience when she was done. Devoting herself to working with others with cancer, her life took an unexpected turn, when her father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. In collaboration with with Elaina Kimes.
A Digital Story By Jacque Buschmann “I don’t hate cancer… even if it blew up the life I knew,” says Jacque. “…Because under all of the rubble of vulnerability, pain, loss, and uncertainty, I found the most beautiful little gems.” Faced with one medical crisis and then another, this remarkable young woman tells her story of continuing transformation. In collaboration with Samantha Adamson.
A Digital Story By Sam and Susan Simon When his wife of fifty years was diagnosed with cancer, Sam “knew how it was going to end.” He threw himself into writing a play about this “dance” with his wife. For the first time in this digital story, Susan talks about Sam and their cancer journey together, calling it “our” story. In collaboration with Allie Gardner, Geet Jeswani and Chantel Romero Hernandez.
Brainfood. Eat. Learn. Cook “[The film] tells the story about our organization that we can share with future students, potential volunteers, funders and board members.” Organization: Brainfood. Filmmakers: Sarah Farhat, Connor Krone, Amy Pavlik.
St. Elizabeths Hospital Students in the Unseen Unheard course produced a documentary on the historic hospital. Filmmakers: Hilary Crowe, Dustin Harrison-Atlas, Chris Hulick, Brad Allgood, Lauren Goldstein, John Malis and Amanda Yerby.
Warriors at Ease “Every war has its after-war” writes Pulitzer Prize-winner David Finkel in Thank You For Your Service. And so it is with war medic, Chris Giddinge, who movingly tells of his journey to heal himself and other service members through the practice of yoga nidra. Filmmakers: Samantha Adamson, Geet Jeswani, Keenan Holmes.
There and Back Again As one of the 500,00 American veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving several tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Laura Pratt tells her story of slow but promising recovery through the practice of yoga and meditation. Filmmakers: Jazmin Garcia, Victoria Ivanova, Andrew Watman, Amanda Zimmerman.
The Digital Story of Gabe Horchler A story by Gabe Horchler, commuting to work by boat, his love for the Anacostia River, and the pollution of the river. Written by Gabe Horchler. Edited by John Napolitano. Produced by Gabe Horchler, Nina Shapiro-Perl, and John Napolitano. Video and Photography by John Napolitano.
Small Moments A story about Vaughn Perry and his path to becoming an environmentalist, his desire to share the environment with all people, and his quest to build bridges between different social groups. Written and edited by Vaughn Perry. Produced in association with Robin Brown.
Sharifa A story by Kalin William, her journey from a childhood in Senegal to a young adult in Anacostia, her rediscovery of nature and her life as a conservationist. In collaboration with Laura Franco Velasco.
A Digital Story by Rodney Stotts A story by Rodney Stotts, an ex-drug dealer, falconer and environmentalist, about the trials and tribulations involved in cleaning the dirtiest places. In collaboration with Kady Buchanan.