About the Film

From a young age, Joan always dreamed of a big family and a place by the ocean. By the age of 20, she was diagnosed with sarcoma and had to face life-altering choices. Joan candidly shares her life-long resolve to conquer her adversity to realize her dreams. After 60 years and 22 surgeries, she reflects on her incredibly beautiful life.

About the Filmmaker(s)

Nathan Pancione is an award winning short-format filmmaker. He fell in love with filmmaking at an early age. Equipped with the family’s early 90’s VHS camera and his brother by his side, he created mini-movies with kids from the neighborhood. 

His portfolio of films focus on the human experience in both experimental and documentary format; exploring ordinary people and their extraordinary stories. 

Joan has been screened across the United States, including the American Documentary Film Festival (Palm Springs), The Black Maria Film Festival (N.J.) and other notable New England festivals. Joan took home the award for Best Documentary at SSFF (Mass.).

Nathan’s next short film tells the story of two small town American men whose love collides unexpectedly to challenge the norm of traditional family values. Previous films include, Death in the Three Acts (Best Experimental Film 2010 – The Black Maria Film Festival) and Snake Skin. Nathan holds a BS in Cinema form the University of Hartford. 

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About the Presenting Partner

Connecticut Public is home to Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR), as well as Connecticut Public Learning. Together, Connecticut Public serves nearly one million citizens each month through Connecticut Public Radio and Connecticut Public Television, as well as through our many digital and online platforms. Connecticut Public is also home to Connecticut Public Learning, which offers direct service education to teens, adults and veterans in digital media; and provides educational programming on television, radio, online and in the classroom. Through our mission to inform, educate and inspire the people of Connecticut, we connect people of all ages to high quality journalism, storytelling, education and experiences, and amplify the voices of our diverse communities. Connecticut Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with an $18 million annual budget, funded primarily through community support from individuals, foundations and corporate sponsors.

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