Reflections of a Life is an intimate portrait of a woman's life. This narrative short film chooses an experimental approach that confines the story to a single location, as well as positioning the camera in one fixed spot, all with the intent to maximize the emotion and intimacy the audience feels. How much more personal can you get than to spend time with a woman, facing herself in the bathroom mirror? For this is where she puts on her public face and confronts her private fears alone. To further amplify the drama, the film takes the heroine through a life-changing experience ... the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. In this way, as well as through the eyes of her family, lover and closest friends, we truly come to know this woman, Taylor, in a manner usually reserved for only the most special people in our lives. Thus, the filmmaker's vision is accomplished: that the audience will walk out of the screening of this movie feeling as though they have a sister, mother, wife, lover or best friend who has gone through the experience of breast cancer -- that each audience member now has a "personal experience" with this disease instead of just being a detached observer of the survivors in our midst.
"...the prosthetics and makeup ... added immensely to her poignant breast-cancer drama, 'Reflections of a Life.'"
Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun
"In my opinion it is very easy for those who are not directly affected by a disease to lose sight of its ability to change a life forever. Too often we get lost in the symbols of a cause ... Thankfully, with a film like 'Reflections of a Life,' we can take a moment to cut through the speeches and campaigns to remind ourselves just how emotionally complicated a journey with sickness can be for the patient."
Jonathon Pernisek, Rogue Cinema, www.roguecinema.com/article-800--0-0.html
"The film carries a vital message along with its aesthetics--that life is precious and fragile. It also underscores the fact that breast cancer continues to be a major threat to the well-being of women and to all those who love them."
Stephen Mitchell, filmmaker
"Every woman (and any man who loves women) should see the film, whether a victim of cancer or not because, unfortunately, chances are they will know someone with the disease in their lifetimes ..."
Carolyn Bray, journalist, Providence, Rhode Island
"...you did an excellent job of letting the viewers inside the mind of a woman with breast cancer ... I was very touched by it."
George B. Severson, ABC Entertainment Reporter, Salt Lake City, Utah
"You have done a great service to women with your film. If it can be widely shown, it will save lives."
Robert L. Clark, The Paradise Post
KATHI CAREY, LINDA GRAY, FREDRIC LANE starring in
"REFLECTIONS OF A LIFE" co-starring TONJA KAHLENS, PEGGY DUNNE,
MICHAEL CHANSLOR, WESLEY HARRIS, KIPLEY PARROTT,
music by PATRICK VALENTINO, wardrobe stylist MARLEE CANDELL,
edited by DAVID MANSHIP, director of photography ALEJANDRO LALINDE,
produced by DAVID MANSHIP and KATHI CAREY
written and directed by KATHI CAREY
Run Time: 30:00
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