The Hicks Foundation

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Local cervical cancer survivor and women’s health activist, Allison Hicks, along with filmmakers Frederic Lumiere and Mark Hefti announce the Burlington premiere of their film Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. A special free screening will be shown on Wednesday, June 3, from 5:30- 8:00 pm in Davis Auditorium at UVM Medical Center. The film will begin at 6:00 pm.

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) may be the most widespread, misunderstood, and potentially dangerous epidemic that most people know little about. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, “Someone You Love” reveals how dangerous this virus can be, potentially causing six different types of cancers in both men and women. Following five brave women who are afflicted by HPV and cervical cancer, the film also interviews some of the world’s top experts on the most common sexually transmitted infection in humans: HPV. For more information about the film and to view a trailer, please go HERE or contact Allison Hicks

Screening:    Wednesday, June 3, at Davis Auditorium at UVM Medical Campus 

Showtime: 5:30- 8:00 pm, with the movie beginning at 6:00 pm. Appetizers and drinks will be provided.

FREE showing presented by The Hicks Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to lessening the burden of cervical cancer and improving education about HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer as well as several other gender neutral cancers.

About Someone You Love: “I wish the cancer would have killed you!” These are the chilling words of Susie’s husband when he learned that her cancer was caused by HPV, a sexually transmitted virus. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary takes a look into the lives of five women affected by HPV, the widely misunderstood and controversial virus that causes several types of cancer, including cervical cancer. Each of these women has an intimate story to tell. For Susie, Tamika, and Christine, it’s a story of survivorship that comes with misconceptions, stigma, shame, heartbreak, pain, and triumph. For the Forbes’ family, it’s about coping with the loss of their daughter, Kristen, and trying to prevent it from happening to others like her. Kelly, at 31, began her cancer journey. The cameras followed Kelly on her epic battle to save her marriage, her career, her family and ultimately, her life. Of all people under 50 years of age, 80% will have a strain of the virus at some point in their lives and most will not even realize they have it. Cervical cancer is almost exclusively caused by HPV and it is the 2nd leading cancer in women. Worldwide, cervical cancer kills over 250,000 women every year.

About the Filmmakers: Frederic Lumiere: Frederic is an award winning producer, director & editor who has been making films and television documentaries for 20 years. Some of his credits include the © Emmy Award winning series WWII in HD (History), The Wereth Eleven (Discovery), Tomorrow is Today (Cinemax), RAW WAR (AHC), Normandy’s 100 Days (Arromanches 360), Sacrifice (Nat Geo-TF1), Father McGivney (PBS) and more recently Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. He is the recipient of numerous awards including an Emmy nomination and an Outstanding Editing in Television Nomination from the Hollywood Post Alliance.

Mark Hefti: Mark is an award-winning writer and producer who began his film-writing career when he co-wrote the award-winning feature films Fandom (Cinequest) and An American Vampire In America. After Executive Producing and penning the award winning short film Play Ball, Mark went on to write and produce the feature film Tomorrow Is Today (starring Scout Taylor-Compton). Mark has received the Park Avenue Award at the New York Screenplay contest as well as top awards at the Slamdance Film Festival script competition as well as the NexTV Writing competition and Hollywood Screenplay contest.

About the production company: Lumiere Media, Inc. is an independent production company based outside of Philadelphia, PA. Founded by French-Born, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Frederic Lumiere, Lumiere Media aims to illuminate the world with powerful stories that celebrate the triumph of the human spirit. Since its formation in 2001, Lumiere Media has developed and created compelling, immersive, and engaging programming for various television networks around the world including Cinemax (Tomorrow is Today), National Geographic Channel (The Wereth Eleven), American Heroes Channel (RAW WAR: The Lost Film of DakTo), and TF1 (Sacrifice). Lumiere Media also produced an innovative nine screen installation in 2013, comprised entirely of HD archival footage gathered from around the world, that wrapped the entire theater of the Arromanches Museum in Normandy, immersing viewers in a full 360-degree, one-of-a-kind experience.


Runtime:  Approx. 80 minutes  

Official Website & Trailer:

Directed and edited by: Frederic Lumiere

Written by: Mark Hefti

Cast: Vanessa Williams, Kelly Pozzoli, Kristen Forbes, Tamika Felder, Christine Baze, Susie Carillo

To obtain a full list of cast and press kit, please email [email protected].

For more info: Allison Hicks, Founder and Executive Director of The Hicks Foundation and cervical cancer survivor with cameo appearance in film.