Mom’s New Haircut

You all need to watch this. Zack’s mom is in the middle of a fight with breast cancer. Zack made this to help his mom explain why she decided to shave her head.

Click on the link at the end of the video to lend your support. Sarah (Zack’s wife) is running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and she’s trying to raise $2300.

9 thoughts on “Mom’s New Haircut

  1. sharolyn

    Beautiful work, Zach, Mike, Chad, and Erica. I’ve watched two immediate family members survive cancer and although they live life mostly like they used to, they also seem privy to a deeper perspective than the rest of us. (My dad, lung cancer, diagnosed 2001; my brother’s wife, kidney cancer, diagnosed 2007.) Zach, your mom has our prayers for endurance and healing.

  2. Zack

    I’m not sure what was more difficult: Remaining impartial as a filmmaker, while the subject is my own mother? Or playing 32nd notes for more than one take on an acoustic guitar.

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone. Mom is doing great, and is about halfway through the chemotherapy. She’s participating in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk next weekend, with my wife, sister, and other family and friends.

    This little video sort of shaped itself. I didn’t know what I was going to do with the footage, originally. When she told me she was shaving her head, I just knew I wanted to capture it. Mainly because my mother has a very strong opinion about cancer, and head-shaving – this is her second battle with breast cancer.

    The piece basically shaped itself. I originally temp-scored it with “Bluebird” by Sara Bareilles. I asked Chad if he’d like to score it, and after watching it, he was inspired to write an original Dailies song – something I didn’t expect. I’m thrilled with that contribution.

    The video has gone sort of viral (a few thousand unique views at this point) and managed to push Sara above her 3-Day fundraising goal in less than 72 hours. (About $1500, just from links on the video) My mom has received hundreds of emails from people, and is overwhelmingly grateful for everyone’s support.

    Cancer is awful. Living the life you have is not.

  3. michael Post author

    I was actually wondering about the 32nd notes. They sound great, wasn’t sure if they were tracked that way or if it was a little studio magic that pulled them together.

    It was good to talk to Renee at the fundraiser party, and to see how well she’s doing.

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