Breathe Life

Watch Breathe Life, a short film about a family who combats cystic fibrosis.


About the film

Breathe Life encompasses the difficulties the Montelone family must face living with cystic fibrosis, as well as the unbreakable bonds the family has developed. Cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease, is passed down through families that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive tract. Though there is no cure for cystic fibrosis, saline treatments are proven to extend the life expectancy. For families coping with cystic fibrosis, non profit organizations are an amazing source of help.

The Mauli Ola Foundation found an impressive way to not only help children with cystic fibrosis, but let them have fun while doing it. The foundation organizes events in which professional surfers teach children with cystic fibrosis how to surf. The saline found in the ocean, is a natural treatment for children living with the disease. Through the foundation's surfing program, the Montelone children have developed a deep love of surfing.

Breathe Life follows the Montelone family, also known as the “Brady Bunch” of the cystic fibrosis world, through their hospital visits, treatments, and surf sessions. The Monteleone family consists of Rob and Paulette and their five children. Michael, the oldest child, is nine years old and is affected with cystic fibrosis. Brooke and Brian are eight years old and are twins, Brooke has CF and her twin Brian does not. Gavin and Gracie are 6 year old twins, Gavin has cystic fibrosis and Gracie does not. The Montelones prove that nothing, not even a life threatening disease can come in the way of family. The filmmakers aim to raise awareness of the disease and support for the Mauli Ola Foundation, as well as the healing power of the ocean surf.

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About the filmmakers

Samantha Andre is the co-director and editor. From Northern California, Andre has a passion for social issue documentary filmmaking. 

Carly Berryhill
 is also a co-director and cinematographer. From Austin Texas, Berryhill has experience shooting documentaries in locations across the globe such as Ghana and Kilimanjaro. 

Matthew Jekowsky 
is a co-director and producer. From Northern California, Jekowsky is an experienced producer currently working in television based out of Los Angeles.

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