Before we start what are you grateful for? My photo today is from yesterday from Mt Ainslie in between appointments. No COVID now for sometime in the ACT so life a little normal, and apart from hayfever through the capital we are going ok.
But back to business, it is that time again. Round 11, I am starting to feel like a UFC fighter. That is about to fall over! But so far the treatment as a whole has been doing it’s job, so I can’t complain. I have been trying to stay positive about chemotherapy this month, which sometimes is tough. I do hope though that this month will go just fine.
One thing that has got up my back wheels is that I have had to have a bit of a lower profile doing a few things I would normally be jumping into. The…
At this time, we thought it would be appropriate to send a HUGE thank you to all the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, etc. who are working on serious overdrive to keep us all safe.
Now, more than ever, the world can appreciate what these dedicated professionals do for us. Those of us involved in this film already knew they were superheroes! However, turning on the news, looking on your social media, reading a newspaper – now we ALL know they are true superheroes.
At this time, we’d like to especially thank NYU Langone and Mt. Sinai NYC for their incredible support of our film, and the care they’ve given to many of our survivors participating in the film.
If you know anyone working in a hospital right now – it doesn’t matter if they’re a doctor, nurse, janitor, security guard, what-have-you – Thank them.
Bianca, or her alter ego “Super Bianca”, is known throughout her homeland of Bulgaria. When I first met her, I had no idea I was in the company of such a superstar!
Bianca is the Creator, along with the Director/Cinematographer, of the “The Real Superhero Film”.
After graduating from the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts, she began her professional career in Theater and Television. Among her notable theatrical credits: Shakespeare’s “A Winter’s Tale”; “Look Back in Anger” – John Osborne; “The Seagull” – Anton Chekhov; “Dinner for Schmucks” – Francis Weber; and, “Miss Julie” – August Strindberg. She is also well-known to the Bulgarian audience from her popular character Super Bianka on the national television prime-time program – “Ivan & Andrey`s Show”. Before coming to the US, she was the TV host of “The Bachelor” in Bulgaria.
Shortly after her arrival in New York, she became a student of the Two-Year Conservatory Program at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She went on to direct the musical “Don Juan Around the World” in 2013 produced by Nantucket Ballroom at The Dreamland Theater on Nantucket Island. Her production was such a success that she was invited back to direct the 2014 Dreamland production “Mystery on the Orient Express.” In 2015, she directed Nantucket Ballroom’s most ambitious project “The Picture of Dorian Gray” in which the veteran actor, John Shea, played the lead role.
You’ll have to wait for the film to learn all our cancer superheroes’ journeys in depth, but Bianca was diagnosed with breast cancer while living in New York. She’s had 3 surgeries at this point and remains in-treatment.
Creating The Film:
Bianca began shooting the film in her homeland of Bulgaria, interviewing several cancer patients there including her mother. With the incredible support of NYU Langone and Mt. Sinai in New York, Bianca and the production crew has gained access to esteemed, award-winning doctors and other medical professionals.
As an immigrant to the States, Bianca did not know many other cancer survivors here. Upon meeting me, I reached out to “my tribe” of fellow cancer survivors/thrivers in the NYC Metro area. Each and every one of these people have supported me, in more ways than they likely know. I’m proud to say that when I asked if they’d be willing to participate in the film, almost everyone gave a resounding, “Yes!”. From there, I reached out to several doctors I knew from NYU, as well as some wellness/fitness experts who work to enrich the lives of cancer patients beyond standard Western medicine. Again, everyone gave a resounding, “Yes, I’d love to be a part of this film!”.
And that, I say is history… When I first met Bianca she said, “I hope I can change the world.” I replied, “No, you will change the world.” She smiled and in her strong Bulgarian accent said, “No, together we will change the world!”
I believe together every single person involved in this film will indeed change the world.