TLC will launch a new documentary programming strand, “TLC Life Lens” in August 2007, and has acquired the first film to premiere as part of the strand, CRAZY SEXY CANCER. The film is slated to have its world premiere this Sunday at South by Southwest.
TLC Life Lens is a series of documentaries that capture the independent voices, authentic personalities, and gripping real-life stories as delivered by today?s emerging non-fiction filmmakers. From the light-filled side of stage 4 cancer to 14-year-old white supremacists, TLC Life Lens reveals the extraordinary lives of everyday people. TLC Life Lens films are presented on TLC.
CRAZY SEXY CANCER, the first film acquired for TLC Life Lens, is an irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman who looks for a cure and finds her life.
On Valentine’s Day 2003, 31-year-old actress/photographer Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Weeks later, she began filming her story. Turning a seemingly tragic situation into a creative expression, Kris revealed her intimate thoughts, struggles and fears before the camera, sharing her story of survival with courage, strength, and lots of humor.
With experimental treatment as her only option, Kris searched for answers where there were none. She traveled throughout the U.S. , interviewing experts in alternative medicine as she tenaciously dove head-first into a fascinating and often humorous holistic world. Along the way, she met other vivacious young women determined to become survivors. Their stories are as poignant and exciting as the women who tell them. As Kris’s amazing journey unfolds, she realizes that healing is about truly living rather than fighting.
Defiant and uplifting, CRAZY SEXY CANCER documents one woman’s journey as both filmmaker and patient as she refuses to accept the status quo in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Said Carr, “People often ask me why I named the film CRAZY SEXY CANCER. The answer is simple: to challenge the perceptions, to poke fun and bring humanity to a disease that is still so misperceived and feared. No matter what happened, I refused to be saddled with the isolating stigma associated with cancer. Just because it had changed my life forever, didn?t mean that I had changed.”
Said David Abraham, executive vice president and general manager, TLC, “Kris is the type of filmmaker whose work we hope to celebrate with TLC Life Lens. This is her first film and its personal, engaging and thought-provoking story is well-suited to the TLC audience.” TLC will announce additional titles for TLC Life Lens in the upcoming months.