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Published on June 21st, 2018 | by Guest Contributor


Filmmaker Adam Lawrence’s ‘Mournings’ Brings to Light the True Experience of Dealing with Family Cancer Diagnosis

Following His Mother’s Death From Ovarian Cancer, The Director Set Out to Create A Film That Captures The Experience of True Love and Loss

When Filmmaker/Writer/Director Adam Lawrence lost his mother to ovarian cancer in 2016, he vowed to make a film that had an impact on others while also educating the public in an effort to help those going through similar circumstances. His short “Mournings” does just that.

I wanted to make a short that highlights what going through ovarian cancer is really like,” he says. “I feel that my mom’s voice will be heard through this film, and I want to raise awareness. If this short helps even one person to diagnose any sort of illness, then my job is done.

The film, based on his own experience, stars Alex Forstenhausler, Christian Kalner, and Vincent Ticali and was produced by Lawrence’s own Beast of the East Productions. It highlights the trauma that a family experiences when a boy’s mother dies of ovarian cancer. The audience is able to witness this loving mother-son relationship develop from boyhood to manhood. We see the comparisons between him saying goodbye to his fish as a boy, and having to say goodbye to his mother as an adult. As we watch her die, we see what an incredible mother she was and the impact that she had on her son’s life. The true beauty of this movie is in their relationship, and watching him having to learn how to let go.

Adam Lawrence is a born and raised New Yorker with hustle in his blood. As a filmmaker and Co-Founder of Beast of the East Productions, he has been directing and producing visuals for the past decade. He has always set out to create material that one could relate to, and with his latest film it presented the most difficult challenge yet… a movie on Ovarian Cancer. After having lost his mother to an almost 4 year battle with the disease, he set out to try to build awareness on this type of Cancer that often isn’t spoken about.

Lawrence directed, produced and even crowd funded the 9 minute short as a one man show, with the efforts of many contributors making it possible to shoot the film in June of 2017. Since setting out on this journey to create awareness and speak about Ovarian Cancer, Adam was featured in The Long Island Herald, and the “Changemakers” segment on WPIX Channel 11, New York.

With the goal of springboarding this short into an feature film and teaming up with celebrities and others that have been impacted by this disease, it seems this is only the beginning of the filmmaker’s journey.

To Purchase “Mournings” via Amazon Video Direct, VISIT:


For More Information on Adam Lawrence and Beast of the East Productions, VISIT:

Instagram: @AdamLawrenceOfficial

Twitter: @BotepNYC

Beast of the East Productions YouTube Channel

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