Provocative and pioneering. -Los Angeles Confidential
What the F@#- Is Cancer” is not just a film but a “help desk”.
– CineSource Magazine
Nothing even close to this exists…This should be everywhere. –Vinnie Tortorich, America’s Angriest Trainer, Radio Show Host, Author, Cancer Survivor
Allison’s inspirational film should give us all more energy to be aware and to fight. – Brenda Lhormer, Napa Valley Film Festival
Allison W. Gryphon didn’t care about box office receipts and if she proved immune to anything, it would be a critic’s review.
– Richard Freedman, Times Herald
This is the film I wanted to see when I was diagnosed with cancer.
–Allison W. Gryphon
On April 10, 2011, Allison W. Gryphon found a lump in her breast. On April 13th, she was diagnosed with stage IIIa breast cancer. Allison’s immediate instinct was to pick up a camera and start asking questions. Not only for herself, but for all of us.
For many, cancer is a cell under a microscope. For others, it is a symbolic ribbon, a local fundraiser or a jar calling for help in the checkout line at the grocery store. Cancer is something different to each individual going through it. It’s all relevant. It’s all important. Cancer is about science, study and the practice of medicine, and most importantly, cancer is about people. What the F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have it? is about understanding and celebrating those people. It’s about really hearing their voices and being invited to share those experiences in a way that will allow the viewer to walk away with inspiration, questions, knowledge and hopefully a desire to understand more and make things happen.
Available for download exclusively on iTunes and for theatrical screening events through Tugg. The Spanish translation is available through iTunes only.
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REACTIONS TO THE FILM
I was touched, moved and inspired by her courageous act of pushing boundaries and sharing a fight that is personal yet affects many on a global level.
– Veronica Castro, Sidewalks TV
Bust out the tissues for an honest, empowering and informative look at cancer.
– Fit Bottomed Girls
Breast cancer survivor bad*ss is not the kind of thing usually found on a resume, but for filmmaker and writer Allison W. Gryphon it makes the top of the list. – I Am That Girl
Allison’s film makes the journey for those dealing with cancer much easier. Fear of cancer is fear of the unknown…this documentary shines a bright light on that area by revealing the “living truth” of battling this disease.
-Dr. Kevin Kelly, Medical Director – Breast Ultrasound Center, Founder & Chairman of SonoCiné Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound
The film is a compelling look at the subject from a new, fresh perspective. – Herb Stratford, Broadcast Critics Association
What you need to know about cancer in one film. – Mom’s LA
A film everyone should see. – Mamiverse
This film will make you think long and hard about what you’re made of as a person.
– WTF Editor, Peter Basinski, a.c.e.
If this film doesn’t inspire you to make the best of your life and those around you, I honestly don’t know what will.
-Devyn Burton, Teen Author Carnival
We can’t fight cancer like the doctors, but we can fight it with what we do best.
– Kaylin Frank, WTF Music Consultant
Allison’s movie was invaluable to me. I learned so much about the process: from diagnosis all the way to after treatment. This movie is for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, but also for families and loved ones of the person undergoing treatment. Full of insight, information, humor and hope, this film will help you navigate your way through an incredible journey to health.
– Allison Anders, Director/Writer
I have a wife and a daughter, a sister and a mother. I have two sons, a father and a brother. I have friends, relatives, and acquaintances. More than one will suffer from cancer or die from cancer or even beat cancer and everyone should watch Allison Gryphon’s documentary What the F@#- Is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have it? It is through Allison’s brave telling of her personal journey that we come to realize that Cancer is anything but personal.
-Derek Wade, The Valley Wire
Working with Allison was one of the best experiences of my life. Hearing about peoples lives and stories of loss, survival and love changed the way I look at the world.
– Ali Kreindler, WTF Interviewer
Allison W. Gryphon has created the most wonderful touch point in “What the F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have It?”, and I wish this film would be a mandatory must-watch for every household in America. Allison is a modern day hero, a beacon of light, and an inspiration.
– Anna Vocino, Producer & Co-Host America’s Angriest Trainer
I wish Allison W. Gryphon had done this movie 9 years ago when my best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was so terrified to even mention the word “cancer” that she was in denial after doing a mastectomy and chemo. Had this movie been around, it may have taken the unknown away for her and her family. She might have fought full force but going both the medical and homeopathic route. I think this movie is so important to see, young and old. It is full of amazing information for the patient and their family and friends supporting them. Allison your movie is amazing! “Your life is beautiful, your love is pure, I saw an angel of that I’m sure”
– Jackie Cohenca, attended the DGA Directors Finders Series Pre-release Screening of What The F@#- is Cancer and Why Does Everybody Have It? accompanied by her 15 year old daughter
This is hands down the most important movie I’ll ever have had the opportunity to work on.
– Gary Rizzo, WTF Sound Supervisor
Allison, You will bring great comfort to those who need it and you will inspire people to have regular medical check-ups that will lead to earlier diagnosis and a much more favorable outcome by catching the parasite before it gets a proper hold on would be victims.
– Dr. Kevin Haugh, author of An Imperfect Storm
Making WTF was for me an act of love and discovery. My love for Allison drove me to want to help her with her fight in any way I could, and as it turned out this was to make a movie that answered the many questions she (we) had about the process. The discovery was learning not just about cancer and the fight against it, but the humanity of those people who come into contact with it, which means nearly all of us. Those who are fighting cancer as well as those who fight with them can learn something from WTF.
– Alan Caudillo, WTF Producer & Director of Photography
WTF is cancer started out as one binder filled with more questions than answers, one group of friends struggling to make sense of a very unexpected diagnosis and one woman who decided to share her fight with the world. For me, WTF was more than making a movie, it was finding meaning, it was finding strength and it was finding friendship. Every person who picked up a camera, donated their time and shared their story became not just part of Allison’s fight but everyone’s fight for the answers.
– Mary Elizabeth Gentle, WTF Producer
WTF is Cancer is a must see for anyone who knows or loves someone affected by cancer. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, I sought out this film to gain insight to an experience that my mom didn’t have the energy or desire to verbalize. Allison’s journey will most definitely help cancer patients and caregivers better prepare for their journey together. WTF is not only informative, but also inspirational. A big thank you to Allison for having the strength to get this experience on film and to share it with the world.”
– Rebecca Brown, film production coordinator & daughter of a breast cancer fighter
Inspiring and informative, a film for all who have been affected by cancer. It is as important for those who know people with Cancer as for the people who have this confusing and terrible disease. For those of us with family or friends with cancer, the film is essential to understanding what they are experiencing and how we can be of help.
– Dan Hassid, Feature Film Production Executive
A reminder of that one irreplaceable quality to which I owe my mother’s life. Hope.
– Chaz Salembier, story editor & son of a Chronic Mylegenous Leukemia Cancer Fighter who was given less than a year to live in 1995 and is still fighting and loving life.
A wonderful and informative film that is required viewing for anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or who has been touched by the disease in any way. I knew hardly anything about the ‘C word’ coming into it, and WTF is Cancer manages to de-mystify all the terms and stages I’ve heard about, but never really understood. The film will also help you understand how to encourage the people in your life who are going through treatment. You will be moved by Allison’s journey and her strength, and you’ll be encouraged by all the people she talks to who are fighting the disease, as well as the doctor’s who explain what the disease is about. After seeing the film, you’ll realize cancer isn’t a death sentence, but something that can be beaten!
– Dwight Wells, a movie-goer whose life has not been touched by cancer
When I 1st spoke with Allison, it was on the phone, and I was immediately taken in by her story before I even saw any of her movie. That night, I sat down at the piano, and a theme immediately surfaced, almost channeling the conversation I had with her earlier that day. That’s how Allison is, and the same goes for her story and this movie. Inspiring and inspired, as she channels the emotions of her own journey and the journey of so many others who’ve been affected by cancer.
– Steven Argila, WTF Composer
WTF Is Cancer is the fight through the eyes of the fighter. It plays out like a boxing match, fielding body blows, digging deep, and then landing a few resounding punches of its own. It’s a profoundly genuine and informative film, and I’d recommend it to those whose lives have been affected by cancer, our could be affected in the future. Namely, everyone.
–Hans Bjordahl, Culture Foundry, WTF/Why? Foundation Web Design
I heard that Allison wanted to use a song that I represent called “Falling or Flying” by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals in her documentary WTF Is Cancer?. My first response was, “of course, anything to help.” Then, I met Allison and thought, “holy crap, this is one of the most intelligent, strong and dynamic women I have ever known!” I knew I wanted work with her in any way I could. Then, I saw the film and thought, “I’m am now part of something way bigger than myself, beyond anything I could have imagined.” It was a TKO for me. Literally. I could barely get up from my seat when the screening was done. I am humbled by all of what she has done. This film must be seen by anyone touched by cancer, no matter how much or how little. Allison Rocks.
– Lisa Cavallo
WTF bridges the gap between a personal narrative and an informational documentary. Not only can it change the way you relate to the idea of cancer, but also how you relate to those in your life who may be affected by it. I’m proud to have been a part of Allison’s project.
– Roy Waldspurer, WTF Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Like many women, I used to refer to cancer as the “C” word, because it was so scary, you didn’t even want to say the actual word. It was like this big black abyss that if I kept ignoring, it wouldn’t affect me or any of my loved ones. But then I met Allison, and she had it. And instead of running from it, she wanted to know everything about it and what she could do to fight it. Then she put it on film and shined a light right on it. This movie takes the fear out of cancer because not only does it educate you, it is presented through the voices of cancer-fighters, caretakers, respected doctors and Allison, someone who could be your sister, mother or friend.
– Alia Taraff, WTF Associate Producer
This film is for everyone who has and will be affected by cancer. Only a film built on love and support can withstand the test of time and continue to help those in need.
– Justin Stirling, WTF Producer