June 22, 2015

A Touching Short Film About a Rare & Terrifying Disease, Made By a 17 Year Old Director

IMAGINE Short Film BTS
After witnessing firsthand the devastating effects of an extremely rare disease, Carl Mason, a 17 year old filmmaker, set out on a mission.

Carl's neighbor, a young girl named Hollie Carter, was diagnosed with Niemann-Pick Type C in 2007. The genetic disease affects roughly 800 people in the entire world, most of whom are young children, and it has a range of symptoms that can be likened to early-onset Alzheimers and dementia. In truth though, it's far more malevolent than that, as it slowly shuts down the body's most critical functions. Most children who are diagnosed with Niemann-Pick C don't live past their teenage years.

After meeting Hollie and learning about the disease, Carl set out to use the medium of film to raise awareness about Niemann-Pick Type C. His drive and tenacity led to an outpouring of support from a who's who of British film and television professionals, including an award-winning screenwriter and crew members from Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, Channel 4 Drama and BBC Worldwide. He premiered the film, which is entitled IMAGINE, at a charity event for Hollie in his hometown of Milton Keynes. Since then it has helped raise worldwide awareness of NP-C, as well as nearly $10,000 in donations to NP-C charities.

Here's the film that Carl created:

Here are a few select BTS photos from the set of IMAGINE:

IMAGINE Short Film BTS
IMAGINE Short Film BTS
IMAGINE Short Film BTS

You can learn more about Carl, Hollie, Niemann-Pick Type C, and all of the impressive work that went into this short film over on the IMAGINE website. If you've got any questions about the film, leave them down in the comments!     

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Shot by rising star Jack Shelbourn of course ;)

June 22, 2015 at 1:01PM

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Patrick Hoelscher
Director/DP
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Really great.

My reaction before watching the movie : "-SIMON CADE!"

June 22, 2015 at 1:56PM

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Well out of the 10 people pictured I recognise 2 of them and know 1. Simon I subscribe to your excellent product reviews and have also had the pleasure of working with Tim Dalgleish on another show.

June 25, 2015 at 4:19PM

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Paul Gee
Filmmaker
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So-called modern science has eschewed any and all alternative methods of treating disease.
The description of this malady seems to indicate that it would respond to other interventions such as MCT or coconut oil and hemp oil. But we may never know since these alternative protocols will never be recommended by anyone who only want to use medicines that have been patented. It's all a question of money.
Now that's the premise for a good film.

June 29, 2015 at 8:06AM, Edited June 29, 8:08AM

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