The Filmmakers

Sarah & Aaron Wedding PicGet married. Make movies. Seems easy enough, right? We both worked in film and theater for ten years before our paths crossed. This fortuitous meeting led to seven months of dating, an engagement and, eight months later, a marriage. After the wedding, we pulled up stakes in NYC and moved to a tiny town on an island in North Carolina. With the ocean as our backyard and not a light at night but our own, we began to write what became the script for The Young Invincibles. So, for those keeping score, we planned a wedding, worked to pay for it, researched a film, and moved to a new place all at once. Get married. Make movies.

The Young Invincibles is the story of three young adults at different stages of cancer who each discover that there is more to life than just survival. For Sarah, the world of cancer came sharply into focus seven years ago when her father was first diagnosed. During this time, her understanding of cancer transformed from a vague concept into something very real and overwhelming. In 2006, when Sarah’s gynecologist found pre-cervical cancer cells, the idea became even more personal. She received two medical procedures and countless tests. Every three to six months, she continues to go in for check-ups in order to monitor her condition. Unfortunately, in April 2009, her father passed away. He is sorely missed.

These events led us to stumble upon a new subculture in today’s society. Like the punk rockers of the 80’s and the hippies of the 60’s, this group is a rapidly growing, culturally invasive one. However, unlike them, its membership is not one of choice. Young adult cancer rates are one of the fastest growing in the country. One merely needs to take a trip on google to find some very scary statistics. The media loves to spotlight the likes of Lance Armstrong and other celebrities, and yes, these are brave and inspiring stories, but they do not tell the full story of young adult cancer. The Young Invincibles brings to light some of the unique challenges of this generation’s cancer experience. It is more than just survival. Employment. Relationships. Fertility. Parents. And, yes, there’s sex, chemo drugs and rock and roll.

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