August 31, 2005 2:17 am
This summer In the Family launched production by filming a support group for women who tested for the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer mutations. Filmmaker Joanna Rudnick, who participated in the support group, followed it up with a shoot with her family to explore their experience with testing. Currently, Joanna is working with genetic counselors to locate a woman and her family to follow through the testing process. In other news, The Illinois Humanities Council has awarded In the Family a $10,000 grant and invited Joanna to sit on the IHC's committee on genetics. The Illinois Arts Council has also shown their support of the project with a $14,000 production grant for the film.