Film: ‘Chasing Rainbows’ looks at young people living with cancer


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In this 43-minute documentary, six young people (ages 19 to 29) sit down to talk about the reality of living with cancer. They talk about the practical: How best to shave a head, how to make friends with chemo, how to find hope in little things. The emotional: How angry they were when they learned of their diagnosis, how likely they are to live, the will to live for a boyfriend. The difficult: Losing hair, losing sex drive, and wondering about the future.

Upbeat in tone, the film has the ability to provide hope and inspiration to those battling similar conditions, in that all of the cancer patients who are being filmed talk about rising above their circumstances.


It was created by Sara Taylor Gibson (who appears on screen) and completed by director Pat Taylor (Sara’s mother), who finished the film on behalf of her daughter.

They made the film because when Sara was diagnosed with cancer at age 23, she could not find any information directed specifically toward people her age who were living with cancer. Sara died on July 17, 2000.

The documentary screens at the Regency Theater in West Hollywood on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 4:50 p.m., as part of the West Hollywood International Film Festival.

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-- Lori Kozlowski

Update: The venue for the screening of this film has changed. The film will now be screened at the Roosevelt Hotel on 7000 Hollywood Blvd. The date and time remain Thursday, Aug. 6 at 4:50 p.m.