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‘One Way Journey’

Director Todd Hannigan


Too often, deeply inspiring stories of people fighting cancer get swept under the taboo rug. Luckily, there are people like Michelle Grisnel, a South Coast mother of two who is taking on Stage IV breast cancer with grace, contagious positivity, and a fierce will to live. This is an intimate look at her journey and an unabashed affirmation of life itself.

See www.oneway-journey.com.

What did cancer mean to you before working on this film?

It is hard to say. I was aware of how big of a problem it was for so many families but had never been around it in such a personal manner before the film.

What does it mean now?

After meeting Michelle and working on “One Way Journey” together, I am certainly looking at it differently. She is taking it head on and showing so much courage. I am so thankful to get the chance to work with her and have her open my eyes to how hard you can fight and how bottomless your strength can be.

Tell me a little bit about how this film came about?

Coley Glasgow (Wilder PR) contacted me. We have been friends for a long time working with her brother and cousins in the film business (Emmett Malloy, Chris, Keith and Dan Malloy). She told me the story in her words and asked if I would be interested in directing the film. I agreed to meet Michelle but was very nervous of such a heavy issue. I was planning on saying no. I agreed to do the film right then and there after seeing the energy and light coming out of Michelle. I realized we could make this an uplifting story that could help people in their day to day lives. Scott Soens (Director of Photograohy) was there for that first meeting and I had already worked with him on many films so I knew it would look amazing if he was working on it. We just went for it from there and I am so happy we did.



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