Local Filmaker's "I Am More Than My Hair" Documentary Attracts Big Crowd During Silver Spring Premi
Alyscia Cunningham's inspirational film tells the stories of several brave women living with the skin condition known as alopecia.
By: Alyscia Cunninghham
"My audience consisted of people who've experienced alopecia in their lives or the lives of their loved ones as well as those who heard about it for the first time. It made for a great conversation,"
Alopecia is a common autoimmune condition, in which hair follicles, are damaged by a misguided immune system. It usually affects the scalp but can occur on any hair-bearing skin. Various types of cancer treatments may also cause hair loss.
The screening of the documentary was followed by a Q&A, a signing of Cunningham's companion photography book and a reception. For Cunningham, making the documentary was a way to shed light on how society far too often obsesses over hair, commonly associating it with status and, of course, beauty. But as the filmmaker's documentary reveals, women are so much more than their hair—and even lack thereof.
"I am truly honored to have met everyone who took part in the film and premiere. The film provided me with the platform to share their stories, educate my audience and create a shift in the way we see beauty and female hair loss (alopecia),"
Panel participants included host, April Watts (journalist and radio personality)
"When I first thought of the idea of I Am More Than My Hair, I visualized it to be a photography book encompassed with photos accompanied by personal essays of the women who participated,"
Cunningham is currently working to get the documentary featured at various film festivals throughout the country. She's also in the process in getting the film distributed nationwide. She's currently raising funds to help make the film available to a larger audience. Contributions are welcome and tax-deductible donations can be made via her fiscal sponsor, Docs In Progress, at the following link: www.docsinprogress.org/
To learn more about the filmmaker and her latest project, visit: http://www.alyscia.com/