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ABOUT THE FILM
Not As I Pictured is an autobiographical 54-minute film following Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John Kaplan’s unexpected cancer journey. Our humanitarian public service program is giving away 10,000 free copies to cancer patients of all types, survivors, and those who love them.
The film is presently airing on PBS stations nationwide.
An educational guide from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in booklet form, accompanies the film to help viewers and support groups use the project to continue their own focus on a positive attitude toward diagnosis, treatment, and the joy of recovery.
Although the topic is serious, Not As I Pictured is upbeat, very positive, and ends with John’s remission and return to health.
In addition to John sharing his inspiring message through film showings, and speaking to patients, survivors, support groups, and oncology professionals, a touring photographic exhibition is also planned.
One in three women get cancer. For men, it’s one in two. That means virtually every family is touched by it. We are confident that the film can truly help cancer patients face their treatment with new courage, and the belief that one can make it through difficult treatment back to health, with the knowledge that many cancers today can be treated like chronic illnesses and no longer as instant death sentences. Family scenes with Kaplan’s wife and children are included to help viewers value their own families, friendships, faith, and courage to fight.
We are grateful to the Enlight Foundation for their generous grant support, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology for its collaboration with our educational mission. We also thank Canon for supporting the Not As I Pictured touring photographic exhibition, the American Cancer Society, and Shands at UF for underwriting us, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for its participation at screening events.