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As #Pinktober winds down and the focus all too quickly shifts from the breast cancer conversation, we celebrate the story of Esther Garza. Esther is a 55-year-old mother, grandmother, metastatic breast cancer patient and advocate within the Latina breast cancer community.  Esther brings her story to the mbc awareness campaign Story Half Told.  We had the honor of working with Esther and her family and friends to shed light on her personal story.

Breast Cancer: A Story Half Told is the initiative by Pfizer in partnership with advocates, patients and healthcare professionals that aims to elevate public understanding of metastatic breast cancer, dispel misperceptions, combat stigma and expand the breast cancer conversation to be more inclusive of metastatic breast cancer.  The unbranded campaign focuses on metastatic breast cancer patients in their daily lives at home, at work, at play or at the doctor’s office.  The goal was to create socially engaging content rooted in honest storytelling.

Story Half Told was nominated for a 2016 Cannes Lion and 2016 Sabre Award.

‪#‎MelanomaJustGotPersonal‬ – We are proud to share our latest production, Melanoma Just Got Personal.
It was a pleasure working with Troy Aikman and ‪#‎Novartis‬ on this campaign and to have the opportunity to work with Troy to tell his personal melanoma story.

Melanoma Just Got Personal is a portal to help patients living with advanced melanoma (unresectable or metastatic melanoma) learn about the personalized nature of their disease so they are better equipped to fight against it. We had the privilege to speak with patients living with melanoma and their supporters as well as healthcare professionals who provided insight into the importance of knowing their diagnosis.  It was an eye opening experience to learn about the different types of the disease and how knowing your mutation can lead to better treatment.  The team at Novartis is dedicated to spreading this message.  

Join pro football legend, Hall of Famer and former melanoma patient, Troy Aikman, the Melanoma Research Foundation, Melanoma International Foundation and Aim at Melanoma, and learn more about advanced melanoma to help raise awareness of this rarely discussed cancer.

 Join the campaign and show your support at www.MelanomaJustGotPersonal.com

No, we aren’t talking about the country Egypt, rather the incredibly talented television, radio personality, author, speaker and home space expert, Egypt Sherrod.

Nothing like a trip to Hot-lanta in the middle of winter to keep you warm and fuzzy.  Chris Valentino directed Egypt in a series of new promo materials for HGTV and the Cider Company. Once again shot by long-time collaborator, DP Mike Falasco, the promo campaign was a delight to work on.

Egypt is a passionate professional who always brings her a-game to the set. It was a fun time working with Egypt (she has some serious dance moves).  Check out her show on HGTV!

Jason Cameron knows a thing or two about landscaping.  This Licensed Home Improvement Contractor, Finish Carpenter, Personal Trainer, Writer, Actor, TV Personality and Fitness Model was a joy to work with and brought a lot of laughs to the set.  (Thankfully, he left the sledgehammer at home).

Director Chris Valentino wrapped a promo shoot for DIY network and The Cider Company.

Catch Jason on DIY’s Desperate Landscapes and America’s Most Desperate Landscapes.

 

It goes without saying that the incredible talent at DIY knows how to have fun.  We worked with DIY, The Cider Company and super-nice, award-winning host Scott McGillivray on some new promo campaigns.  Chris Valentino directed the shoot for the Cider Company and DIY alongside the DIY design team.  This shoot was a blast as it reunited many of our old crew people together at one of our favorite NY area locations.  The shoot went incredibly well and we accomplished everything we hoped to.  It was a memorable day.  Our favorite highlight has to be Scott tossing a sledgehammer to Director, Chris Valentino while he wasn’t looking.  Thankfully, Chris’ panther-like reflexes were on point.  Lastly, we have to mention the shoot was shot by our talented and lovely DP, Mike Falasco.  Kudos and thanks to Kim Bratt and team Cider for another fun assignment.

 

Recently Chris Valentino once again collaborated with The Cider Company to direct promos for one of our favorite shows, HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Having the opportunity to spend an August Summer day in Waco, TX should be on everyone’s to-do list.

Working with Chip and Joanna Gaines was full of fun and laughter.  The HGTV team is a great, collaborative group of creatives who love what they do.

Watch Fixer Upper on HGTV!

Recently Chris Valentino collaborated with The Cider Company to direct promos for Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Flip.  The HGTV show has found its new home as the flagship program for Great America Country, the Scripps family’s latest network addition.

A great time was had by all on location at the Brimfield Antique Show and The Elephant’s Trunk.  Both venues offered a look into the past and some truly amazing textures.

Lara is a pro and proved why she is so great at her job.  She is passionate, driven and artistic.

Many thanks to The Cider Company and Kim Bratt for the opportunity.

We are very excited to share progress of our studio partner, Rain or Shine Studios. Opening this spring, Rain or Shine will offer a unique location and studio setting for film, photography and event production.

More to come.

“It’s Time” is the highly anticipated SEC Storied documentary which depicts the unique relationship between former SEC players Chucky Mullins and Brad Gaines.

The film by Peabody Award-winning documentarian Fritz Mitchell takes an in-depth look at the inspirational friendship between Gaines, a former Vanderbilt fullback, and Mullins, a former Mississippi defensive back. Their lives became intertwined on Oct. 28, 1989 when Mullins put a devastating hit on Gaines near the Mississippi end zone. The collision left Mullins paralyzed and Gaines troubled with guilt for having played an unknowing role in the injury.

Several personalities featured in the documentary, including Gaines, Mitchell and former Mississippi head coach Billy Brewer, will discuss their participation after the screening.

Bean Creative Labs is happy to once again collaborate with Fritz on the project.  We provided the title design and animations for the film which premiered Sept 4th.

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We recently wrapped production on a new project that is sure to wet the appetite. The program to be released this fall focuses on diet and nutrition and features some amazing talent. Directed by Chris Valentino with photography by Michael Falasco and Chong Pak, more info to come as we get closer to launch.

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Here’s the official Press Release for Get Your Full Course.  We had a blast working with Sunny Anderson on this campaign.

Janssen Biotech, Inc. and the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) announced today the launch of Get Your Full Course, an educational campaign designed to provide resources for people living with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) on the paired role of nutrition and appropriate therapy in managing IBD.
IBD includes the chronic digestive diseases ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease, and affects 1.4 million Americans combined. Get Your Full Course features television host and celebrity cook Sunny Anderson, who is speaking publicly for the first time about her journey with UC.“Having lived with UC for more than 20 years, I recognize the importance of talking more openly about the disease and educating people with IBD that we don’t have to shy away from food because of our disease,” said Sunny. “Food is a big part of my life. I am excited about Get Your Full Course and its focus on helping the IBD community learn about foods we can enjoy that are also rich in the nutrients we sometimes lack due to the way the disease affects the intestines.”

Sunny’s recipes and exclusive cooking demonstrations are featured on www.GetYourFullCourse.com. Alongside Sunny, Dr. Lindsey Albenberg, a gastroenterologist from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, lends her expert advice and answers common questions for those living with IBD. In addition, visitors to Get Your Full Course are invited to submit a recipe for, or a photo of, a favorite meal as part of a sweepstakes. All entries will be eligible to receive one of several prizes, including a grand prize to meet Sunny at a local CCFA event.

Researchers are working diligently to improve their knowledge of the relationship between diet, nutrition and IBD. They are specifically focused on examining the effect of bacteria in the gut for patients with IBD. Until these studies are complete, Dr. Albenberg encourages patients to have an open, honest conversation with their doctors to identify foods that could trigger flares and identify a diet and treatment plan to best manage their disease.

“IBD is a condition that varies greatly from patient to patient, but the goals of treatment remain consistent – to achieve remission, and once that is accomplished, to maintain remission,” said Dr. Albenberg. “When IBD is under control, a patient’s diet can be less restricted, so it’s important for patients to work closely with their healthcare team to accomplish symptom control and disease remission. Then, patients can slowly reintroduce foods into their diet to ensure a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients.”

“CCFA is proud to partner with Janssen Biotech, Inc. on Get Your Full Course to help educate the IBD community on the importance of working closely with your doctor to not only get your symptoms under control with appropriate therapy, but also learn how to make nutritious food choices and maintain a well-balanced, nutrient-rich diet,” said Laura Wingate, Vice President, Patient & Professional Services for CCFA. “We hope this initiative helps the IBD community learn that while diet does not cause or cure IBD, it can influence symptoms. By working with a healthcare professional, you can determine the individual diet and treatment approach that is right for you.”

Visit www.GetYourFullCourse.com for more information about the campaign.