Triptych: Journey Through Cancer - DUST

Triptych: Dust, Blood and Water, is a project (created by Jennifer Faust RN, OCN) as a way for oncology nurses to express what they see through art in a way that honors those who are either going through the journey of being diagnosed with cancer, have been touched by someone with cancer, and/or in any way have been involved in the battle against this disease. Our goal is to create a trilogy of films, bringing awareness to cancer, to express all of the courage, pain, battles, and positive outcomes as well as to open discussions about life and death through music, film and dance. All donations are deeply appreciated and 10% of all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

  • Jennifer Faust
    Director
    Heart, Glass Butterfly
  • Dorain Kingi
    Director
    Robocop
  • Jennifer Faust
    Writer
    Triptych, Glass Butterfly
  • Frank Hernandez
    Writer
    Advantageous, The Living, Keep Going
  • Jennifer Faust
    Producer
    Triptych, Glass Butterfly
  • Jade Raybin (Associate Producer)
    Producer
    Two Bellmen
  • Zoe Jakes
    Key Cast
    Beats Antique, Cat Skillz, 30 Days To Vegas, Dust
  • Kami Liddle
    Key Cast
    Cat Skillz, 30 Days to Vegas, Dust
  • Marisa Labog
    Key Cast
    Act of Valor, Columbiana, Cooties, Raze,
  • Sharon Kihara
    Key Cast
    Bellydance Evolution, 30 Days to Vegas
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Music Video, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 22 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 16, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    RED, Black Magic
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Jennifer Faust, Dorain Kingi

It’s easy to see how Jennifer Faust’s life may have always been leading her to this place, wherein she is creating Triptych, before she was even born. Her father and grandmother were both medical professionals. When she was very little, she remembers wanting to emulate with them – to do something in her life that was really “real” – to make changes in the world that really affect other people’s lives. She began working in hospitals at 20 years old and saw how the nurses there were able to really connect with their patients, bring them comfort, take care of them in a way that doctors did not. And in oncology – well, that was where things got really “real” – and fast, too.
Her caring, fearlessness, and dedication drove her to work in a field where they had not yet realized the mental toll that the daily fight for life – and the inevitable loss to death – took on the nurses who worked there. And, like most of us, Jennifer did not know that she needed to – or even how to – process all these experiences, emotions, and loss. And it eventually led her to a nervous breakdown. Working through these emotions was a long process, but during it, she was led to express her buried emotions through a form of expression she had begun studying at 4 years old, with ballet, and, eventually, in 2003, tribal fusion belly dance.

From this place of working through grief and emotion, Triptych was born. In concept, it had always been three parts – Dust, Blood, and Water. It was during this time that, when she was preparing to perform with the San Francisco City College, that she discovered an original Diego Rivera painting and the legacy of visual media juxtaposed with the brevity of the performance art piece she was about to perform with months of practice culminating in a 3 minute performance drove her to create something more lasting – a performance on digital video.

As it happened, she was taking a yoga class with her friend Catherine Tate (and, at the time, Jennifer was not aware of her profession) and mentioned that she wanted to create a video in three parts expressing what she experienced as an Oncology nurse. Catherine encouraged her to create the film and offered to help in it’s production.

Before she knew it, internationally recognized dancers, women Jennifer considered her idols and mentors, including Amy Sigil and Sharan Kihara, were asking to be part of the series. The people she has met in this journey have been incredible and have gone beyond all expectations. But no one has worked as tirelessly or driven themselves as far as Jennifer, who, at times, has gone without food on her table to pay for production. And, yes, people have taken advantage of her. But she would never take back her efforts of experiences in creating Triptych – she is still as driven today as the day she realized she had to create it. And she is in deep appreciation for everyone who has helped and supported her.

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Director Statement

Please consider this film. I gave it everything I had....literally. I have two more coming out that are much more 'high budget' as people took interest and have been touched by it's parallel to cancer.

***Please see photos on website.