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All I Can Do
Anthony, an avid mountain biker and athlete, and his wife Julie are forced to reflect on and reimagine their lives when he’s diagnosed with colon cancer at only 36 years old.
Statement from Filmmaker
I first met Anthony in late 2018 while making a promotional video for his company. He came to a retreat I was filming and shared an update with his co-workers on his life and cancer diagnosis (colon cancer, the same disease that tragically took Chadwick Boseman's life this year), and I could tell from the way he spoke that he was someone who had gone through immense mental turmoil, and though still physically battling, had come out on the other side with a new perspective. I talked to him afterwards about possibly filming a doc about his experience with cancer and his past athletic achievements as a semi-pro hockey player and avid mountain biker. It was the first of many serendipitous events that came to form this film. I originally thought the story would focus on Anthony, his past as an athlete, and his fight with the disease, but it became clear after a day of filming at their home in Salt Lake City in March, 2019 that the film was meant to be a love story. I had imagined one protagonist, but there were two. Anthony and his wife Julie’s mutual care for each other through such an impossible period in life was ineffably inspiring and became the heart of the film. It truly was a project that seemed meant-to-be. Anthony’s health declined after our first filming, but I was able to get a rough cut finished for him to view. He and Julie left on a bucket list RV trip in June that year and happened to arrive in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on the very day that I was wrapping an Idaho tourism shoot in the same town. I was able to film him and Julie together, see him one last time, and he passed away a week to the day later. This project encapsulates everything I love about the filmmaking trade. Anthony and I don't have much in common, and chances are we wouldn't have been close in another context, but having the privilege to get to know him and be a witness to his story has changed me forever. He and Julie’s perseverance, strength, and joy in the midst of impossibly painful circumstances will always haunt me and prod me towards a more meaningful life. I hope it does the same for you. Being entrusted with Anthony’s story has been one of the most sobering and inspirational experiences of my career, and it’s an honor to submit it for your consideration.