HOW THE PROJECT GOT STARTED...
I was working full time at a television station when I first taped the interviews for The Breast Archives. I knew I had stumbled into something precious, but the scope and potential of the project wasn't clear until I'd had a good, thorough look at all of the footage. I knew then that I had captured an important conversation that deserved my full attention, so I decided to resign from my job - a wonderful job that I'd had for 12 years - and work on The Breast Archives full time.
When I tell people that I am working on a documentary about women’s breasts, there is either an awkward silence or an immediate fascination; the latter reaction is most common. Both responses reveal how trapped both women and men feel inside of their learned relationships with breasts. Just mentioning my project uncovers a strong curiosity just beneath the surface, and also a desire to share. Everyone has a breast story!
When I've shared excerpts from the documentary publicly, people will often approach me and confide their concern about breast cancer, which has touched so many women and families. Often they'll share other trends too, such as studies that show teen girls, aged 13-19, to be the fastest growing demographic opting for cosmetic breast surgery in the United States. The relentless commercialization and objectification of breasts is a also striking testament to how beleaguered our breasts have become too. In my view, the time has come for a new conversation, and for real change in how we contextualize our breasts and bodies.
The Breast Archives is about sharing stories and being truly seen. It's about blending our courage with vulnerability and opening up honestly. When we share our breasts stories with one another, we begin to realize new depths of self-compassion. And we can bond, AT LAST, with a feminine body we were taught to disconnect from. The time has come to return to the "middle heaven" -- our breasts and heart-centers!