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CLEAR’s Support of Research at Cornell University
CLEAR is proud to support the research of Dr. Kristy Richards at Cornell University. She is working to better treat, and hopefully cure, canine lymphoma. Because lymphoma in dogs is less well studied than humans, the research tools to study canine cancer are less well developed. With the help of CLEAR, Dr. Richards’ group is working on making and characterizing these research tools, which will be available to the entire canine cancer research community after they are created. This will encourage and enable more research into canine lymphoma and hopefully speed the development of better treatments and a future cure for the disease.
A New Music Video
Our current project has bee winning awards and making a splash at film festivals and will be released on our website 6/26/2017. A Reason To Change is a new collaborative effort between directory Stacey Zipfel (who also directed My Friend: Changing the Journey) and Terry Simons. ARTC is a hybrid combination of old school MTV music video with the power of a documentary on canine and children’s cancer. Director Stacey likes to call it a documentary dipped in a music video.The film, which was produced by Zippery Zoo Productions, also includes dog lovers and supporters, Chris Durkee of 4-Legged Flix as Director of Photography and DC Creative in Burbank who supplied editing. The video tells the story of a boy and a dog, both battling cancer, who ultimately help one another through comparative oncology. The video stars Terry Simons, Brie Strohmeyer, Caroline van der Wyk, Page Jackson, Trevor Okwaho Hayes, Dr. Avenelle Turner, and introduces Jay Patriarca as the Boy and Ripper as the Dog.One film festival, Feel the Reel International Film Festival has this to say about ARTC ‘A Reason to Change’ is a game-changer in this business and we totally should keep an eye on its future path.We hope you enjoy our project and that it brings a greater understanding that, as the lyrics say “Together we can change the world” and together we can beat cancer.
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A New CLEAR Music Video
“A Reason to Change”
Our second video, titled “A Reason to Change”, is a hybrid of genres created to highlight an important, but little known area in fighting cancer. With one part music video and one part documentary short, the piece will highlight comparative oncology as we follow the story of a young boy and dog whose paths cross briefly, but their lives are forever changed.
So what is comparative oncology? According to the Puccini Foundation, Comparative oncology is the study of cancer that naturally occurs in animals, and the comparison to its human counterpart in order to identify treatments and cures that can benefit both humans and animals. A key distinction of comparative oncology is that disease is never induced in the animals being treated; the cancer has only occurred spontaneously. Comparative oncology is not about animal research but rather sharing discoveries and fighting cancer together.
The project will be directed by Stacey M. Zipfel, who directed CLEAR’s groundbreaking and award-winning documentary My Friend: Changing the Journey.
Preproduction has already started as well as casting. We are once again working hard to keep this a family affair and several friends and family members are already on board.
Our young boy is Director’s Stacey nephew Jay Patriarca and younger brother of CLEAR’s Youth Ambassador, Maddie. Our dog owner is Caroline Van der Wyk, who, with her beautiful dog Bree Bree, stole hearts and gave many hope in MFCTJ. Rounding out our leads is none other than Founder Terry Simons’ dog Ripper.
We are hoping to start principal photography in June, and would like to give a big thank you to Veterinary Cancer Group not only for allowing us to shoot the interiors at their facility in Culver City, but for their support and unyielding commitment to fighting cancer.
What is a music video without music? Well, we have our own original music that was composed by Elias with lyrics written by CLEAR’s Founder Terry Simons. We will soon have a link up so you can listen to a sample of the music.
We are very excited to complete this video and help spread the word that animals, just like humans, get cancer, but by working together we can change the world.
Making an Impact, One Dog At a Time
MY FRIEND: CHANGING THE JOURNEY is a powerful documentary that sheds light on the important issue of cancer and how it affects our animal companions. Director Stacey M. Zipfel and producer Terry Simons have created an important piece of work that helps better educate dog owners on cancer clinical signs and treatment options and enlightens the veterinary profession on how families deal with the disease.Jane Lynch Actress/Host/Animal Advocate
Thank you CLEAR for bringing awareness to canine lymphoma. Arming pet owners with the knowledge to fight this disease can help them save their best friend.Jill Goularte, Producer, Fox's Cause for Paws
…‘My Friend: Changing the Journey’ was a terrific display of how strong the human-animal bond can be. Our pets are members of the family, and this film beautifully showed what lengths owners will go to in order to give them the best care.Rob Warren, Communications & Marketing Officer, UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital