OUR GOAL IS $35,000 and above....
JD was just diagnosed with advanced breast cancer last week - she is going to need aggressive chemo and possibly up to two surgeries. She already cannot work any more.
If you have ever met JD, she leaves a lasting impression on you. She is a fixture in our LGBT cinema culture having produced such instant classics as Eating Out 2, Shelter, A Marine Story and Elena Undone.
You can see some of JD's work in our community in the video above, which was produced by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center in 2009 when JD received a LACE AWARD for her community service.
Throughout the years she has helped many of us with advice and guidance. There probably isn’t a single person in the community that hasn’t been affected by her whether they are aware of it or not. Her passion for our film community helped countless others in their effort to create great cinema.
I would have to say on a personal note that it was JD that gave me my first break in filmmaking. She hired me to shoot with her when I had little experience... I am grateful she took a chance.
I am sure that many of you have your JD stories.
JD, like many artists, is a freelancer with no health insurance.
We have been helping her get on financial aid to help cover the big medical expenses but it is going to be a very difficult and expensive road ahead regardless. Please consider helping JD as she will have many mounting medical costs and will be unable to work during this process.
She plans to dedicate her time when she is well between surgeries and treatment to her favorite charities and to continue to mentor young lgbt film makers. She wants to fill her healthy days with planning for the future and helping others, which is work she enjoys. The positive nature of this will help get her through this big battle.
Now is the time for JD to concentrate on getting well. You can help take away the worry of costs by making a contribution now.