In the first of what will be a series of posts concerning the upcoming 2013 Sundance Film Festival, we’re focusing on an upcoming short documentary out of Seattle that is a contender for Sundance’s prestigious Focus Forward Films Award. The doc, Bringing Light, comes from Seattle filmmakers Bert Klasey, Chris Baron, and James Allen Smith.
The focus of the short is the painstaking process in which neurosurgeons more precisely identify brain tumors and the film is in the running to receive the $100,000 grand prize. Seattle’s Dr. James Olson has been working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, The University of Washington, and Seattle Children’s Hospital to develop Tumor Paint, a way of lighting up brain tumors to help doctors better discern cancer from normal brain tissue. Dr. Olson, with his patient Keaton Wrenn and the patient’s mother Lisa Owen, discuss the breath-taking discovery in the three minute 33-second documentary and what it could mean for future brain cancer patients when Tumor Paint begins human trials in 2013.
While the film is already one of 20 contenders in the Focus Forward Competition, backers of the project are urging Seattle film-goers to visit their page, watch the film, and vote for it for Sundance’s Audience Film Award, which would allow the project a screening during the festival next month in Park City, Utah.
See the film and vote here.