Clayton Beabout, age 11 has been selected as the second participant, to create a film through Make A Film Foundation with generous support and funding from Make-A-Wish who will underwrite the project. Clayton has Vater's Syndrome. The initials in V.A.T.E.R. syndrome refer to five different areas in which a child may have abnormalities: Vertebrae, Anus, Trachea, Esophagus, and Renal (kidneys). There may also be cardiac and limb conditions, which changes the acronym to V.A.C.T.E.R.L. A child diagnosed with one of these syndromes will not necessarily have a problem in every area, but a constellation of birth defects involving many of the areas. There is no currently known cause, but a gene defect is believed to be involved. Clayton's wish is to be an actor and to star in his own short film. We are super excited to help him achieve his dream.
Rina was a 15-year-old filmmaker who dreamed of her movie being on the big screen. She envisioned the premiere, who would be on the invite list and how it would all play out. Despite having advanced stage mitochondrial disease, she never let the disease define who she was. She saw the good in each day and knew what was truly important. She used writing this script as an outlet for her creative process and a way to distract from the intense medical challenges she faced daily. Music was also the way in which her soul spoke. She wanted to produce, direct and write this movie to teach the world about friendship and 3 big messages; “Dream Big, Love life and Be positive.” She intended to educate the world about this disease in hopes of treatment or a cure. Rina kindly, but with a zest for life, never took “No” for an answer when it came to her movie. She will always be in the director’s chair. Anyone who would take on the mission of putting together her creative work into a short and documentary would be guided, each step of the way, by her huge spirit and presence. Even when Rina did not have the physical strength to speak, she always had a voice. To learn more about Rina’s vision visit www.rinasmovie.com.
Jabril Muhammad had a history of Sickle cell anemia. He was a Los Angeles resident, a graduate of Los Angeles Senior High, and a former student attending Santa Monica College. He pursued an Associates of Arts degree in Theatre Arts and was interested in transferring to USC in the fall of 2010 where he planned to attain his Bachelor of Arts degree and further his career goal in acting, scriptwriting and creative writing. Jabril was a participant in an anti-gang documentary titled PEACE PROCESS and went out into gang and poverty stricken communities and worked as a journalist. Jabril was the first participant of the Make a Film Foundation and has written and starred in his short film PUT IT IN A BOOK, alongside well-known actors, Kerry Washington and Michael Ealy.
MAFF Founder, Tamika Lamison