READ MORE: Meet the 2015 SXSW Filmmakers #1: Alex Sichel and Elizabeth Giamatti Navigate a Terminal Illness in ‘A Woman Like Me’
After being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker Alex Sichel decided to confront and process her terminal illness through film. In order to get over the initial struggle of making a movie about cancer, a topic not fit for “the hot babe movie,” as she puts it, Sichel has created a fictional, more optimistic alter-ego named Anna. The resulting film, “A Woman Like Me,” is a narrative-documentary hybrid that gives the director an outlet to explore her own experience and take an active role in combatting her illness.
The trailer promises a delightful blend of the imaginative and intimate, offering several candid moments with Sichel and imaginative encounters with her alter-ego Anna, played by Lili Taylor.
To help “A Woman Like Me” reach a wider audience and spread to wellness and cancer support groups, the film has just launched a Kickstarter.
The film premiered at South by Southwest earlier this year and opens in New York City on October 9. Check out the trailer above and the beautiful poster below.