In November of 2019, I was fortunate to be approached by my long-time friend and collaborator, Kimberly Warner, to get her new venture off the ground. My role on this project continues to evolve but for now, I am co-producing, editing, and filming these stories.
Why We Matter is a short documentary film that explores the value of the unfixed - people with chronic illness, chronic conditions, rare diseases and disability - in our society. Too often these stories are shared and valued only within the disability communities. Yet, we believe these vital lives have unique contributions to all of society as they creatively contend with the pervasive experiences of pain, uncertainty and isolation. For the first time since the pandemic struck, we will be traveling to the homes of our Unfixed Community subjects around the US and the UK. We’ll share time with them in their environments, elevating their stories cinematically, and asking them why their voices should be heard and why this world is a better place because their stories, struggles and triumphs are a part of it.
Unfixed is a media production company that focuses on stories of humans living with chronic, incurable conditions. People love fixer-upper stories, miracle cures, and answers but many wake up each day without any of these. Our world needs more models for how to live a meaningful, unfixed life - a life liberated from fixed notions of how we must feel in order to live fully. Unfixed humans may be in pain but they are learning to integrate it into a larger definition of themselves. The Unfixed portfolio of projects demonstrates that living well is not about eradicating our wounds and weaknesses but understanding how they complete our identities and equip us to help others. Currently, a docu-series, mini-series, podcast, round-table webcast, and feature documentary are in production