March 2, 2019 - 7:00pm
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What would you do if you knew you only had a year left to live? I Heart Jenny peers into the world of a resilient Colorado woman who, despite a fatal diagnosis, continues to live presently and vibrantly. Watch as Jenny, a mother of four, fights to spread awareness for a genetic mutation (BRCA) that has impacted and will continue to impact many generations. Her vulnerability in allowing the last year of her life to be documented becomes a way for her to tolerate the fear of her own impermanence. In a Huffington Post article, Robyn Griggs Lawrence writes, 'Jenny doesn't seem terrified of this thing that is so far beyond us, this thing that none of us can now see. This same cancer took her mother, and she knows what lies ahead. We talk about the possibility of alternative treatments, extreme diet changes, energy work. She dismisses none of these, nor the possibility of more chemotherapy, but she refuses to chase down miracle cures with a blind faith that could turn on her. Instead, she's investing her unconquerable energy in living the spectacular life she's always lived -- skiing, canyoneering, rafting, traveling and raising four amazing children -- with a bit more urgency.'


Blake Babbitt

Blake Babbitt (Director, Producer, Editor) is the founder of 383 Productions, an independent film production company headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. Recent projects include an indie short Sunday 1287, web shorts, and the feature length documentary I Heart Jenny. Additionally, Blake directs plays, and is the Director of Performing Arts for the New York Film Academy. In his New York directorial debut Blake won a 'best direction' award for his direction of emerging playwright Josh Billig’s Benefit of Friends at the American Globe Theatre. Blake's Off-Broadway acting credits include Baylis in Blackbird, Berowne from Love’s Labors Lost in the 45th Street Theatre’s annual Shakespeare Festival, and Joe in the premiere Dan Savage’s of Seeking Savage Love at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. Blake has also worked closely with Oscar and Tony Award Nominee Murray Schisgal (Tootsie) on a reading of his play Wallstreet Fandango. Other past theatre credits include roles in Flags, A Servant of Two Masters, Suburbia, Lover’s and Other Strangers, and The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare. TV and Film credits include Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX), Mr. Wiskers (web series), Bottom Feeders (web series), and Passed Over (web series).