Jennifer Brea selected as Firelight Doc Lab Fellow

Hi everyone! I’m so pleased to announce that Canary has been selected to participate in Firelight Media’s Documentary Lab, a fellowship and mentorship program that develops emerging and diverse documentary filmmakers and their feature projects. 

Firelight is dedicated to advancing underrepresented stories, moving them from the margins to the forefront of mainstream media. With their help, I believe we can make a film that brings ME to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness, shows the true face of the disease, and sparks a global conversation.

We in the online patient community also know that the composition of the community does not reflect who actually has this disease. I hope that with Firelight's support, we can reach communities of color, where the 80% undiagnosed rate is likely to be even higher.

The Lab provides filmmakers with one-on-one support, funding, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. I’m joined by nine incredibly talented storytellers working on social issue films that expose injustice and have potential to inspire, educate, and mobilize audiences into action.

Previous lab fellows include Sabaah Jordan and Damon Davis (Whoose Streets?), Jason DaSilva (When I Walk, Sundance 2013), Debroah Esquenazi (Southwest of Salem, Tribeca 2016), Lyric Cabral ((T)error, Sundance 2015), Dawn Porter (Gideon's Army, Sundance 2013, Trapped, Sundance 2016), and Malika Zouhali-Worrall, (Call Me Kuchu, Berlin 2012, Thank You for Playing, Tribeca 2015).

I know I’ve said this before, but when the film is finished (we are very close!), it’s just the beginning. The film will be our tool and weapon to bring more awareness to the disease once and for all. You can learn more about the fellowships and selected projects here

You can help support our participation in the Firelight Media lab by donating to our seed fund for impact.