CAST & CREW
Writer/Director - Julie Marron
Happygram, inspired by the breast cancer diagnosis and subsequent death of the director's best friend, is the culmination of several years of research into the issue of informed consent in medicine, specifically within the area of cancer screening. Julie has also written and directed the award-winning Film, Four Games in Fall, which explores themes of science for hire and media manipulation through the lens of the deflategate scandal. A film currently in production, Man's BEst Fiend, explores human/wildlife coexistence through a 15 year study of coyotes on aquidneck island. Julie is also a contributing author to Equity and Participation for Individuals With Severe Disabilities: A Vision for the Future.
Director of Photography - Stefan Glidden
Brooklyn-based filmmaker Stefan Glidden is known for his work on the award winning 2011 documentary No Look Pass, winner of Audience Awards at SF Indie Fest and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and winner of Best Documentary Award at the Honolulu Rainbow Film festival. He also shot 41, the authorized feature documentary released in 2012 on former president George H.W. Bush. Stefan also contributed camera work on a film about the Apollo-program astronauts, The Wonder of it All, which won The Houston Worldfest International Film Festival and The Rhode Island International Film Festival. Stefan has directed numerous music videos and short films and has won Best Short Film at the New Hampshire Film Festival and Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director at the New England College Film Festival. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in film.
Editor - Robert Schulbaum
Rob is a seasoned editor with many credits, including several years as animatics editor of the popular primetime adult animated series, The Family Guy, which has been the recipient of numerous awards and nominations. Other editing credits include the award-winning series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and animations for the pre-production of the movie Ted. He has also written and directed several shorts including The Wrong Todd and Man vs. Thing. Rob recently returned with his wife to his home state of Rhode Island, where he is writing and directing a feature length narrative film.
Producer - Thomas W. Nerney
A nationally known expert on the issue of self-determination for people with disabilities, Tom currently serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Health Quality and Ethics. He has previously served as Director for The Center for Self-Determination, a national effort to work with states, individuals with disabilities, family members, and professionals to reform and implement the new health care and insurance provisions with a values-based self-determination perspective. He led the cross disability and aging alliance to create a reform agenda within the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) directly with key CMS appointments and served on the Obama pre-election Policy Committee, providing advice on Medicaid and long term care reform. He was also the Co-Director of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program on self-determination for persons with developmental disabilities.
WAS a New York based writer and advocate who was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer after a "normal" mammogram.
Kevin Kelly, M.D.
is a Board certified diagnostic radiologist in Pasadena, California. He developed the first automated whole breast ultrasound machine in 1999, which has been demonstrated to identify cancers missed by mammography due to dense breast tissue.
Diana Petitti, M.D., M.P.H.
is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Arizona State University, the author of over 200 journal articles, and a former Epidemic Intelligence Officer and member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.
Deborah Rhodes, M.D.
is the Director of the Mayo Clinic's Executive Health Program and one of the developers of Molecular Breast Imaging technology which has been demonstrated to detect 3 times more cancers than mammography.
is a Silicon Valley-based healthcare consultant who was diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer after 10 years of "normal" mammograms.
Dennis McDonald, M.D.
is a Board certified radiologist in Sacramento, California. He was an early adopter of adjuvant screening modalities, including ultrasound, for the early detection of breast cancer.
CINDY Bevington Olmstead
is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about breast cancer. Her 5 cm tumor was missed by a mammogram.
is a real estate agent in Parkland, Florida, whose breast cancer was missed on three consecutive mammograms. She has introduced state legislation requiring density information be reported to patients.
TOWNEY Montant and his wife TERESA
lived on Shelter Island in New York when she was diagnosed with an 8 cm breast cancer that was missed by mammography.
the former State Senator from Palo Alto, introduced legislation in California requiring that material medical information on breast density be shared with women who had mammograms.
Jean Weigert, M.D.
is a Board certified radiologist who organized the largest statewide study of density reporting legislation in Connecticut.
THOMAS BEAUCHAMP, PH.D.
IS A PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY, SENIOR RESEARCH SCHOLAR AT THE KENNEDY INSTITUTE OF ETHICS, AND A RENOWNED EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF INFORMED CONSENT.
H. GILBERT WHELCH, M.D., M.P.H.
IS A PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT THE DARTMOUTH INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH POLICY AND CLINICAL RESEARCH WHERE HE TEACHES EPIDEMIOLOGY AND BIOSTATISTICS.