Purpose of Allison W. Gryphon’s “What The F@#- Is Cancer? And Why Does Everybody Have It?” photo series between artists from Hollywood and Beverly Hills is to put the realities of cancer up front and center in order to inform and inspire.
A Hollywood filmmaker who overcame her battle with breast cancer collaborated with some of the industry’s top talent, including a Beverly Hills photographer, to release a raw, first-of-its-kind story in January to document her journey.
In her directorial debut Allison W. Gryphon brings in What the F@#- Is Cancer? And Why Does Everybody Have It? on a near-zero budget.
It all started when Gryphon was diagnosed with stage 3A breast cancer. Like so many, she was pissed and wanted to know exactly what she was about to face. The 38-year-old movie veteran, who’s resided in L.A. since 1992, turned to Netflix hoping to find a movie that would help her understand what she was about to go through, both physically and emotionally. The movie didn’t exist and she couldn’t believe it.
Gryphon’s film gets to the practical facts about what a cancer diagnosis really means and how to get through it.
She was diagnosed on April 13, 2011. Nearly 11 months to the day she went home having physically recovered from three surgeries, 4.5 months of chemotherapy and 30 rounds of daily radiation. Gryphon said the emotional recovery took another 13 months and now she’s in a very good place, yet also a very different place than where she began.
As she was going on her journey, she collaborated with esteemed Beverly Hills photographer Isaac Matthew White to document her process from diagnosis to recovery. The result is a series of raw, powerful, and artistic black and white images, many which are featured in the film
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