Battling back from cancer on the big screen
An alumna's new film showcases the emotional side of recovering from cancer
A new feature film inspired by a Loyola alumna’s own battle with—and recovery from—cancer will premiere September 18 at 1 p.m. at Loyola’s Center for Translational Research and Education in Maywood.
Written and directed by alumna and former adjunct faculty member Lucia Mauro (JFRC Spring ’85, BA ’86), One Year Later explores the emotional side of surviving cancer. Mauro, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and received treatment at Loyola University Medical Center, has pledged to donate proceeds from the film to ovarian cancer research at Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center.
The film tells the story of an American woman (played by Chicago actress Juliet Hart) who struggles with life after cancer and embarks on a cathartic trip to the Italian Alps. The film was shot both on location in Italy and on Loyola's Maywood campus. (Click here to watch the trailer.)
"I insisted on crafting an uplifting film that moves beyond the clinical aspects of cancer," says Mauro. "Unlike many films in that genre, One Year Later is not set exclusively in a hospital following the protagonist through treatment. Instead, it moves out of the physicality of cancer and into a rejuvenating world of the emotions, the senses, and human connection."
The film is set to premiere in September to coincide with National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. The event will include remarks by Dr. Ronald K. Potkul and Dr. Patrick Stiff on Loyola's ovarian cancer research, comments from Mauro, and a post-screening Q&A. The screening, and subsequent showings throughout the Loyola community, will raise funds for the Christl Burgess Ovarian Cancer Fund at Loyola.
"Loyola has been instrumental in making this film a reality," says Mauro, "and the film is my gift to Loyola."