This blog post is one in a series, which documents the experiences of the High School Film Competition Award-winning filmmakers as well as those High School Film Competition official selection filmmakers at the 2010 Heartland Film Festival. The 2010 Heartland High School Film Competition theme was Hope. The 2011 Call for Entries open January 15, 2011 and the theme is Courage.
Regina Nicholson, student filmmaker from California, shares her remarkable battle with rare cancer Osteosarcoma in her documentary short, Glimpse of Horizon. This personal film not only take audiences on Reggie’s journey with her, but shows just how courageous this teenager is.
While we were sad to not have Reggie with us at the 2010 Festival, we’ve been so lucky to stay in touch with her since she became one of the four Finalists in our High School Film Competition. Through emails with Reggie and her mother Mary, as well as thanks to the connectivity of Facebook, we’ve been staying up-to-date on all the goings on in Reggie’s life.
We just learned that Reggie got her Make-A-Wish a few weeks ago. She got to spend three days on the set of one of her favorite director’s newest movie and was able to shoot one of the scenes from the film! We also learned about The Reggie Project, a new film directed by Henry Corra, with Reggie, documenting Reggie’s battle with Osteosarcoma. The Reggie Project needs a minimum of 5,000 followers of the film on Facebook by the end of the year to qualify for a grant to help cover the cost of the film and it’s promotion. With 1,200 followers already they are well on their way to reaching their goal, but they still have a ways to go.
It’s tremendous to see that even during one of the most trying events of her life Reggie is still behind the camera and documenting life. She really embodies how enriching and energizing the arts can be!