The No More Blood Cancer Documentary is an investigation into the devastating affects blood cancer causes.  Narratives of those impacted first-handed, as well as analysis by leading researchers on the current state of blood cancer. The ‘No More Blood Cancer’ Documentary was created to raise funds for Blood Cancer Research. a B.A.pictures production to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society  Examined by Edward Atienza Filmed by Bradley Blackburn   Featuring Dr. Aimee Edinger   Associate Professor, Developmental & Cell Biology School of Biological Sciences, UCI VMD/PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1999   Dr. Angela Fleischman   Assistant Professor, Medicine School of Medicine, UCI M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005 Ph.D., Stanford University School of Medicine, 2005, Cancer Biology   Dr. Richard A. Van Etten  Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, UCI Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Medicine School of Medicine, UCI M.D., Stanford University School of Medicine Ph.D., Stanford University, Biophysics   Dr. Leonard Sender   Director, Clinical Operations and Program Development, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Division Chief, Pediatric Oncology, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Professor Of Medicine School of Medicine M.D., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa, 1982 Chairman, Stupid Cancer   Aimmee Bastian Cancer Free    Susana O’Cull Chronic […] Read More
Dr. Richard Van Etten discusses the future of UCI and the future of Cancer research.  (See the full interview at one of the Southern California ‘No More Blood Cancer Documentary’) Dr. Van Etten is a hematologist in Orange, California and is the Director of Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and has been in practice for 31 years. Specialty: Hematology Hematologists specialize in diseases of the blood, spleen and lymph glands, treating such conditions as anemia, clotting disorders, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, leukemia and lymphoma. Subspecialties: General Hematology, Hematologic Oncology, Myeloproliferative Disorder Hematology-Oncology A Message from Dr. Van Etten Progress brings hope, and the signs of progress are everywhere: an ambitious expansion of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer in Orange, the opening of a forward-looking telemedicine training center in the Health Sciences complex in Irvine, and many new education and research buildings on the UC Irvine campus. However, buildings are but a symbol of the people who fill them. The number of UC Irvine faculty and staff dedicated to eliminating, preventing and curing cancer continues to grow. Their main goal is to understand the biological basis of cancer, to discover ways to […] Read More
Create Purpose is a new organization that was founded by three very interesting people.  We were tasked to capture their purpose of educating endangered youth, in one day at an orphanage in Tijuana. Create Purpose stops the cycle of poverty and suffering within abandoned children by sustaining long-term, practical learning programs.  Create Purpose believes by empowering the younger generation to create their own purpose in life, we can create a massive, positive social impact in the U.S. and around the world. createpurpose.org Read More

(Not) a Label

December 01, 2014 B.A.pictures Motion 0 comments
Choose to live life with passion and purpose. Fight for tomorrow, fight for those who suffer, and fight for those who cannot. In life we all start as a blank sheet. Methodically cut, and molded by those around us, we are guided into the world. With age and experience we begin to stamp out our own image, and express to the world proudly, who we are by what we do. Regardless of whom you become, there will always be someone with a misguided interruption of who or what you really are. Judgements of you are ubiquitous and false. Do not allow yourself to be victimized by the labeling of others. You are unique to the world and can never be labeled solely by your appearance. A name is merely a vocal symbol of an object familiar to us. But what do we call an object that looks familiar but serves a much bigger purpose? Read More

The Cave

October 01, 2014 B.A.pictures Motion 0 comments
SOCRATES: I, Socrates, compare our nature in respect of education and its lack to such an experience as this…   PART ONE: SETTING THE SCENE: THE CAVE AND THE FIRE SOCRATES: Imagine this: People live under the earth in a cavelike dwelling. Stretching a long way up toward the daylight is its entrance, toward which the entire cave is gathered. The people have been in this dwelling since childhood, shackled by the legs and neck..Thus they stay in the same place so that there is only one thing for them to look that: whatever they encounter in front of their faces. But because they are shackled, they are unable to turn their heads around. A fire is behind them, and there is a wall between the fire and the prisoners SOCRATES: Some light, of course, is allowed them, namely from a fire that casts its glow toward them from behind them, being above and at some distance. Between the fire and those who are shackled [i.e., behind their backs] there runs a walkway at a certain height. Imagine that a low wall has been built the length of the walkway, like the low curtain that puppeteers put up, over which they show their puppets. The images carried before the […] Read More
Rock the Socks is an organization that sells fashionable socks.  The iniquities of the organization in in two areas, (1) the bold and color designs and (2) the fact that each purchase from this organization supports a specific ’cause’ or organization that is bettering others.  Specifically, there are three different organization that receive funds from Rock the Socks.  They are: Corazon De Vida (CDV), a U.S. non-profit organization that provides life sustaining support for over 750 children at 14 Baja, Mexico orphanages. CDV provides orphaned, homeless and abandoned children residing in Baja with funds for housing, food, education and social programs. The Sunshine Kids Foundation – provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatment in hospitals across North America. U.S. Vets – a private non-profit organization providing housing, employment and counseling services to our nation’s veterans, the men and women from all branches of the armed forces who have served their country from World War II to the current conflict in Afghanistan. We have created a promotional video for Rock the Socks that was designed to show the process of  designing a single product, that product being manufactured on the other side of the world, and […] Read More
To be permanently marked with a scar, you must first suffer a wound.  However physically or mentally traumatic this process may be, it is important to remember, that with suffering and pain comes strength and enlightenment.  The most hopeless and hurtful moments bring life’s greatest opportunities for advancement. Scars, are in no way more suggestive of the vulnerability that makes us mortal, as they are the embodiment of the resiliency that makes the human spirit enduring.  Much longer lasting than agony, is the courageous decision to accept negative as temporary and out of it, create a positive mark on the world.  A scar if you will… a scar of hope. Read More
If you ever forget how extraordinary Los Angeles is, watch the sun rise up just once from Griffith Observatory.  View Los Angeles from an overly comfortable distance as the microcosm it really is.  Just 469 square miles of an urban/beach paradise with a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate and something special in the air.  Your eyes will initially be pulled to the concrete and glass jungle that makes up Downtown LA.  It is perceptively cold and motionless on this particular Sunday morning.  I suppose even major cities are entitled to sleep in now and again. At hardly a glance away you cannot help but focus on the much smaller but brightly illuminated streets of Hollywood.  It gives off the buzz of a scene just after a crime.  It is obvious that at some point not very long ago a smoldering fire of entertainment was burning with excitement.  Now all that’s left is a grey haze of its final die hard ashes.  To the far west you gaze into the visual eternity that is the Pacific Ocean.  Harmonious swells that have traveled incalculable distances finally break into waves and come crashing home into the Santa Monica sand.  Underlining all these regions is the sprawling […] Read More
As long as man has walked the earth so has the need to aesthetically improve the surroundings he encompasses.  From the first cave dwellers to the indigenous origins of any culture, drawings were scribbled on rocks as a form of warning, homage, or simply to tell a story.  It was communication in its most raw non-verbal form. At its most basic point art is simply the act of reproducing an image for others to see.  But its essence is heavily invested in personal expression and point of view.  With every finished canvas the artist tells us a little more about who they are and what they see. The artist is a dreamer and a creator.  A visionary that finds splendor in the things we all take for granted.  They see potential in the simple, a sunset is never just a sunset it is a loud scream that moves them to paint as they do.  Their resiliency is based on their hopelessly and utterly idealistic views.  They know nothing else but to believe in the best our humanity has to offer.  That point of view is what makes an artist more than just a person with a brush.  They are optimistic souls […] Read More