Cast: Nick Dillenburg, Tawny Sorensen, Bisa Dawes
Crew: Producers: Craig Nobbs, Tawny Sorensen, Eli Hershko – Screenwriters: Tawny Sorensen
Jill must put one foot in front of the other to move through her grief, and with connection she discovers that every mile has a story.
David Spaltro is a multi-award winning, acclaimed Writer-Director-Producer. After getting a BFA in Film from SVA in 2005 and working in post-production for a few years he wrote, directed and produced (on 40 credit cards) his first feature “…Around” (2009). A love-letter to NYC, and part auto-biography of his time at film school, “…Around” made the rounds on the festival circuit to much critical acclaim, and found release through Cinetic Media online, VOD, and Netflix in 2009. It had it’s television debut on PBS on Christmas Day in 2010. Spaltro wrapped his second feature film, the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed drama “Things I Don’t Understand” which he wrote, directed and produced in 2011 and was released in 2013 on VOD. This is Spaltro’s second collaboration with writer-actress-producer Tawny Sorensen. He directed her short film “The Cat’s Cradle” in 2014 which went on to screen in 30 festivals in 26 states and 3 countries garnering 6 nominations and 6 awards along the way. He soon after wrote, directed, and edited his third feature, “Dark Exorcism”, a horror project for Seven Oaks Films which was released on iTunes, Amazon, VUDU and Hulu in 2016. Spaltro is currently in development on several feature films and TV projects.
“As One” is a story of love, loss, moving through grief through connection, and finding hope in this world when you feel the most helpless. I dedicate this short narrative to Team and Training which raises life saving funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, my fellow teammates, three amazing women in my life that battled cancer this past year, my beautiful friends who are survivors, and in loving memory of those we have lost. As a participant in this endurance running program, I wanted to give back to the cause in my own way and speak to why this team is so incredibly important to me. My husband joined the team several years before I did and worked his way from participant to mentor to training captain to coach. While he ran, I participated in many fundraisers for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and was soon running and training with the team as well. As fate would have it, my first week of training with the team coincided with someone I know being diagnosed with Lymphoma and two months into training, a friend’s grandmother was diagnosed. Running for the cause became extremely personal to me. The amazing research that is funded through LLS gives me hope in a place where fear usually takes hold. I have returned to the team time and again, to do my part no matter how small it may be in the big picture. In addition to “As One” being a tribute to my experience on this amazing team, I would like to create an awareness of philanthropic outlets in dealing with illness, recovery, grief, and support. Over the past thirty years, there has been a rise in altruistic means to support charity, particularly in the running world. Race-charity partnerships have been amazingly successful since The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society launched Team in Training in 1988. The training and cheering sections provide runners with support, many of whom would never have attempted a long distance race without the motivation of doing something for the greater good. Road races in the US, according to a Running USA estimate, generated $1.2 billion for non-profit organizations in 2015, doubling the amount from a decade ago. In its almost 30 year history, runners for LLS alone have raised over $875 million for the cause. ~Tawny Sorensen.