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‘Breaking the stigma’: Filmmaker gives voice to ‘Those on the Front Lines of Cancer’

Director Keith Famie is the mastermind behind the documentary “Those on the Front Lines of Cancer,” which premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 19, on New Mexico PBS. (Courtesy of PBS)

Keith Famie hopes the story he tells through films resonate with an audience.

Oftentimes, he takes on subjects that are heavy, such as Alzheimer’s and aging.

His latest film – “Those on the Front Lines of Cancer” – centers on the journey patients and doctors go through with cancer.

The film will debut on PBS stations nationally at 10 p.m. Sunday, July 19, on New Mexico PBS.

Famie also dived into cancer and hospice.

“When you hear the word ‘hospice,’ you think the worst,” he says. “I thought it was important including hospice in part of the film. People that have a terminal diagnosis, they don’t understand the value of hospice. Being in hospice care can make an impact and give you a better quality of life. My filmmaking is about breaking the stigma and showing how to move forward.”

Famie worked on the documentary for two years.

In that time, he met dozens of patients and their doctors.

He learned there is no one way to treat cancer.

“The best thing someone can do is advocate for themselves or find someone who can do that,” he says. “There really is not one way to treat cancer. It’s important to ask questions and look for different avenues for treatment.”

The film has been shown in Michigan, but the national rollout has Famie excited about the possibilities.

“Of course, it feeds my ego for a bit,” he says. “Truthfully, cancer is a subject that we should be able to talk about. It is scary, but there are stories that can help us navigate through the rough waters.”

Read more about Famie and the documentary here:

Streaming movies at home is the thing to do these days.

Inside this week’s issue is a review of “Greyhound,” starring Tom Hanks, which is streaming on Apple TV+. Read it here:

Andy Samberg’s latest, “Palm Springs,” is streaming on Hulu. Read about it here:

I had the opportunity to chat with Jessie Nelson, who is he showrunner for “Little Voice” on Apple TV+.

The project is Nelson’s first foray into TV, and she had some heavy hitters working with her – J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles.

Read that story here:

Health restrictions have changed again recently, which makes life more uncertain than ever.

Thank you for sticking with Venue and the Albuquerque Journal.

Adrian Gomez
Venue editor

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