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Project of the Day: Animation and Live Footage Collide in Leukemia Story ‘Johnny Physical Lives’

Project of the Day: Animation and Live Footage Collide in Leukemia Story 'Johnny Physical Lives'

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“Johnny Physical Lives”

Tweetable Logline:

2wks into chemo, 20yr-old Jonathan Neuman (RIP) performed in hospital as Johnny Physical. 10yrs later: a doc.
Elevator Pitch:

A short film about my younger brother’s experience of leukemia through the eyes of his alter ego— a rock star named “Johnny Physical.”

Production Team:

Director: Joshua Neuman
Producers: Edet Belzberg, Kimya Dawson and Joshua Neuman
Cinematographers: Albert Maysles, Joshua Neuman and Oliver Noble
Art Directors: Dean Haspiel, Jim Mahfood and Paul Pope
Editor: Oliver Noble

About the Production:

“In the U.S. alone, more than 70,000 young adults are diagnosed with cancer each year. While overall survival rates have improved during the past 25 years, for those between the ages of 15 and 29, survival rates have worsened. In addition, young adults with cancer face their own distinct set of emotional challenges, finding themselves utterly dependent at a time in their lives when they’re supposed to be asserting their independence. I want to shine a light on this demographic (young adults with cancer) while creating a tribute to my late brother’s courage and creativity.” -Joshua Neuman

Current Status:

Fundraising, primarily for animation.

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