About Red Alert Movie
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What Causes Uterine Fibroids?  Who is Most Affected by Fibroids?  Is There a Cure?

Uterine Fibroids are benign tumors that grow on, around or inside the uterus. Often appearing in multiples, fibroids can cause infertility, severe anemia, miscarriage and lessen a woman’s quality of life significantly.

 

For Erica, uterine fibroids nearly ended her life. Her diagnosis in 2008 would mark the beginning of a dozen years of treatments, surgeries, pain, endometriosis, cysts, infertility, miscarriage and eventually, the intensive care unit. Ultimately choosing faith over her diagnosis, she opened the discussion with other fibroid patients, and found that countless women are suffering in silence, quietly suppressing their symptoms with potent prescription medications or accepting the fate of an unwanted  hysterectomy. Some of those women, like Erica, still maintain hopes of pregnancy, but find it difficult to stay encouraged. Red Alert follows Erica’s documented fibroid journey over several years as she speaks to the emotional and physical effects of fibroid treatments and infertility. She felt alone, as if this was some sort of spiritual punishment or fate that she would have to accept. After all, if other women she knew had gone through something so extreme, she’d know, right?

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Erica did some research and found that millions of women, especially black women, have and will be diagnosed with fibroids and will suffer from the symptoms. After opening up the discussion with girlfriends and relatives with uterine fibroids, she realized that there is little conversation among women and the medical industry about this epidemic and that many women just 'deal' with their symptoms and any consequences of treatments thereafter.

After over a decade of fighting, Erica, a filmmaker, knew that suffering in silence was no longer an option.

Enter Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids documentary, a full-length feature film that will get women talking about their experiences of pushing through the pain every month and sometimes everyday. Every woman is different. But one thing they all have in common: they are sick and tired of fibroid pain, hospital bills, painful intercourse, missed social engagements, the added expense of excessive sanitary products, the fear and realities of infertility and most of all, lack of treatment options and unwanted hysterectomies. 

 

Red Alert is a film that will change the way this country perceives the reproductive health of all women, and particularly black women. By presenting and pursuing the stories of real suffering women and seeking answers about past and current research from accredited physicians and scientists, we will uncover truths and dispel myths about fibroid tumors, with hopes to bridge the communication gap between physicians and patients. The film will present the newest research from accredited scientists supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University School of Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Read the Director's Letter of Purpose for Red Alert.

The Red Alert Crew

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Andy Baeza

Director of Photography

Dallas-Fort Worth based photographer, videographer, and audio engineer Andy Baeza, is a master of the lens. They say a picture's worth a thousand words, but this guy's eye is priceless. When he's not traveling abroad to capture the world's greatest views, he's living the good life with his amazing wife, his five beautiful and talented children, and crazy dogs. 

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Erica L. Taylor

Director, Producer

Supernova filmmaker and creator of Red Alert Movie, Erica L. Taylor, is an experienced Producer and documentarian, with top credits in national television and radio. After producing network documentaries in Los Angeles, CA, Erica channeled her energy toward projects addressing health issues effecting women and minorities. If there was ever a complete package, it's this woman. 

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Jasmine C. Leyva

Producer

Unicorn champion for vegan freedom, Jasmine C. Leyva, is an acclaimed filmmaker, screenwriter and actress in Los Angeles, CA. Her production experience includes the NAACP award winning show 'Unsung' and was a debut writer for BET's 'Being.' Jasmine is the Director of "The Invisible Vegan" documentary now on Amazon Prime.  

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Cherie White

Social Media Manager

With an "S" on her chest and in her name, Cherie S. White is President and Digital Media Strategist of Clicks Digital Media and creator of blkandfit.com. She has worked with a variety of print and online media outlets during her nearly 20-year career, including REACH Media Inc and the Atlanta Tribune, but in her first and forever full-time gig, she's mom supreme to four 

stellar superkids. 

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Danuelle Roberts

Assistant Writer

Published Author & Speaker, Danuelle Roberts puts the 'pro' in professional. A self-proclaimed storm-raiser, her books are remarkable and inspiring; but don't just take our word for it, ask Barnes and Noble or Amazon. When she puts the pen down, she turns to her not-so-secret powers as a dynamic Life Coach and a

ridiculously young-looking mom.

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Leon Lacey

Music Composer

Grammy Award winning artist Leon Lacey's compositions have reached the many corners of Hollywood. 

An "artist's artist" Lacey has worked alongside Wyclef Jean, Janet Jackson, Brandy, Smokey Robinson, Method Man, Gunit, 3T Jacksons, Karen Clark-Sheard, Hezekiah Walker, and the beat goes on.  He's also composed music for MARVEL, NBC, OWN, TV One, and now, Red Alert.