Friends raise more than $20,000 in 48 hours for lesbian filmmaker with cancer

JD Disalvatore, producer of A Marine Story and Shelter, is battling breast cancer without insurance

Friends raise more than $20,000 in 48 hours for lesbian filmmaker with cancer
02 August 2012 Print This Article

JD Disalvatore, a fixture in LGBT cinema culture having produced such instant classics as A Marine Story, Shelter, Elena Undone and Eating Out 2, was diagnosed with cancer last week.

The doctors found four large lumps in both breast as well as masses in other areas of the body.She will undergo a double mastectomy and then faces six months of chemotherapy.

As a freelance filmmaker, she is without medical insurance as she faces an expensive battle ahead.

This is where her friends have stepped in.

They quickly established an online fundraising site and in 48 hours and raised more than $22,000. The current goal is to raise at least $35,000.

‘If you have ever met JD, she leaves a lasting impression on you,’ her friend Elliot London, a film producer and director,writes on the site. ‘Throughout the years she has helped many of us with advice and guidance. There probably isn’t a single person in the community that hasn’t been affected by her whether they are aware of it or not. Her passion for our film community helped countless others in their effort to create great cinema.’

Disalvatore won a GLAAD Media Award for Shelter for best feature film in limited release and in 2009, she was honored at the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center’s An Evening With Women with a Lesbians and bisexual women Active in Community Empowerment Award for her work in the community.

Here is a LINK to the fundraising site and below is the video shown at the An Evening With Women event.




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