Project Purple: Mission Sarcoidosis Awareness
This film will be the first full-length documentary to follow people living with Sarcoidosis. The film's production will go a long way toward bringing global awareness to a disease that is rarely mentioned and widely overlooked by the medical community.
Mission StatementProject Purple: Mission Sarcoidosis Awareness is a feature-length documentary created and told by those who live with this rare disease. This film's crew is led by a team of minority and female filmmakers dedicated to Sarcoidosis Awareness and finding a cure.
About The Project
"Despite living with sarcoidosis, we can still have a life with purpose, strength, and great meaning. That is if we decide that is what we are going to do."-unknown
Often people living with a chronic illness feel as though their life is over. I know that feeling.
But I never allowed myself to believe that surviving sarcoidosis is all that I was destined for in life.
Though I have limitations, I continue to follow my dreams and want to help others achieve their goals.
The film sheds light on this multifaceted disease that can attack any organ.
It affects our ability to work, spend time with family and friends, and participate in our daily lives.
There are financial, emotional, and physical burdens that our family, friends, and coworkers need to understand to support us.
For most of us, sarcoidosis does not define us- but it does help when our loved ones further understand our journey.
Stacy Nicole is the mother of a vibrant 11year old, Cassidy, who was diagnosed with renal sarcoidosis at the tender age of 6 years old. Stacy's goal is to ensure that her daughter continues to live a full life. Cassidy dreams of becoming a professional special effects makeup artist when she grows up.
Theresa Melendez's goal is to regain her health and fitness so she can better enjoy activities with her two young children. She will be working with Robbie Hindlebrant, a dietitian and fellow Sarcoid Soldier, to lose weight and increase her physical endurance.
Koffajuah Toeque's goal is to share her story of living with sarcoidosis, help in furthering the spread of knowledge of this disease, and address issues such as building confidence, eating vegan, and living with an illness.
Angela Thompson's goal is to overcome her physical limitations caused by sarcoidosis and start a new career as a motivational speaker & actress. She will be working with an acting coach and a public speaking team to learn acting techniques and begin auditioning and booking speaking gigs.
Emma Carroll's goal is to further spread awareness about this disease through her non-profit, Janine's Sarcoidosis Outreach Foundation. Emma's daughter, Janine, lost her battle with sarcoidosis, at the age of 31. Since then, Emma has become an advocate for those living with this disease and created a foundation in Janine's honor.
Cory Imler spent most of his life serving as a firefighter and believes environmental factors lead to his sarcoidosis diagnosis. He retired from being fire chief, at the age of 35, and his goal is to reenter the workforce.
Amy Cobb's goal is to educate medical professionals on how to diagnose and treat sarcoidosis. Amy is a nurse practitioner who lives with this disease. She designs and teaches courses to doctors and nurses that inform them about this complex disease.
This documentary will be the first full-length documentary following people living with sarcoidosis. Contributing to this documentary will allow our brave sarcoid soldiers to spread awareness. And a portion of your donations will connect our subjects with the means needed to fulfill their personal goals such as dietitians, career coaches, and other professional services.
We can produce this documentary on such a modest budget because we will be filming with a small crew and have a wonderful group of people who are volunteering their time to create this documentary.
We will address the impact COVID has had on the film industry by implementing safety precautions during the production process. We will be working with a skeleton crew, all crew members will be wearing medical masks, and a 6 ft minimum distance will separate cast and crew. We will also be equipping cast with the skills and gear needed to self-record video diaries and day to day events.
This film is more than just another documentary. This film is a media representation of a large segment of people, who have been suffering in silence for over 140 years. Your support will allow us to create a project that will bring awareness to a life-threatening disease. We are incredibly grateful for your support. And we are excited to take the next step of our journey with you! Together we can produce a film that really matters. Thank you!
This film is dedicated to Janine
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About This Team
PRODUCTION CREW OF PROJECT PURPLE: MISSION SARCOIDOSIS AWARENESS
Our production team is comprised of a very talented group of film professionals with a combined 80+ years of experience in film and television.
Andrena Senola Johnson, Executive Producer/Director- is the owner of Andrena Senola's Creative Productions LLC. She is the director/producer of the short film The Perfect Kid (2011). She is also a producer and actress in the suspenseful "Coffin" movie saga. (Coffin I, 2011) and (Coffin II, 2017.) These two thriller films were accepted into the Scare LA and Cannes Film Festival. Both films have had a distribution deal with Redbox and iTunes. In 2019 she signed an international distribution deal for her short documentary Film, Surviving Sarcoidosis. She also is the founder of the Training Reels Independent Film, hosted annually in Louisville, KY.
Dr. Koffajuah Toeque, Ed.D "Dr. Koffa" and "Koffa," Co-Producer- is an Educator, Content Creator, Designer, Singer/Songwriter, and Public Speaker. Dr. Koffa was featured Episode 11 of season 5 on the hit show, Botched, the show discussed her health struggles and were able to help her look and feel better. He has also released a book titled, From Beauty to Flaws, which outlines how to find inner peace and self-love in a world fixated with vanity. Including the topic of self-love, and in one of her most significant roles, Dr. Koffa serves as a Public Speaker who addresses issues such as building confidence, eating vegan, and living with a disease.
Spencer and Judie Johnson, Producer(s)- established Skyrocket Productions, LLC, a full-service independent film and television production company located in Prince George's County, Maryland. Spencer serving as Executive Producer, Skyrocket produced its inaugural film, 'Safehouse' in 2008 in Fort Washington, Maryland, and its second film, 'Coffin' in 2010 in Los Angeles, California. 'Coffin' had its red carpet premiere in Hollywood in October 2011. Motion picture production ignited Spencer's zeal to launch the Reel Independent Film Extravaganza (RIFE), which debuted its first-ever film festival in Washington, DC, in October 2010.
Vladimir de Jesús Aguilar Morales, Camera Operator (C.O.)- is a freelance filmmaker working in film for over 15 years. His credits include several independent films that were broadcast on Lifetime TV, TLC's popular TV Show, 90 Day Fiance, and 90 Day Fiance: The Other Way.
Rodney Cox, Associate Producer- wrote and directed his very own web-series "Calling Tyrone," which was recently chosen as an Official Selection to appear at the Los Angeles Web Festival. In 2018, he produced, directed, and produced his first feature-length documentary, "Frat House: A College Party Movie," which is now available on Amazon Prime.
Darryl Stephens, Associate Producer- is a writer and director, known for The Admission Lady (2016), Badd: A College Party Short (2017). In 2018, he wrote, starred, and produced his first feature-length documentary, "Frat House: A College Party Movie," which is now available on Amazon Prime.
Angela Y. Dawson Thompson, Associate Producer- is a former model, recording artist, and director/producer of music & small stage productions. The Mayor of Cincinnati, OH, awarded Angela with a Proclamation naming August 16, 2013 "Angela Y. Dawson-Thompson" Day.
Theresa Melendez, Associate Producer-was diagnosed with cardiac, liver, spleen, and pulmonary sarcoidosis. Since being diagnosed, Theresa has been reaching out to any possible influencers, media, state representatives, governor's office as well as doctors. In 2019, Theresa got her state, Pennsylvania, to declare April Sarcoidosis Awareness Month.
Amy Cobb, Co-Producer- is a family nurse practitioner who has been living with sarcoidosis since 2016. After experiencing frustration with her own colleagues' lack of knowledge about sarcoidosis, she asked to team up with the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research as a patient advocate specializing in provider education. Amy is excited about this new role and how she can use both her personal and professional experience to help other sarcoidosis warriors.
Oki Taylor-Brown, Associate Producer- owns the company BRICK HOUSE BEAUTIES LLC. This business consists of Hair braiding salon, Lawn service, business consulting, & cleaning service. In 2015, she was honored to work alongside as production assistant with producer Rodney Cox (Rizm Vision Productions) & writer Darryl Stephens (party all wknd) on films "Badd" & "Frat House."