Marqus Valentine is 32-year-old with a vast imagination that he uses for stop motion film making and writing. Although he walks with a limp from bad hips, from the outside, he looks like anyone else. Inside, however, we would see that his blood is twisted into odd, c-like shapes as a result of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).
Sick Cells documentary is the story various people’s struggle with SCD, a disease that affects every organ and tissue in the human body. The film mainly follows the Valentines though nearly 8 years of life with their adult-son, Marqus and his battle with sickle cell anemia. The key drivers within the family are hope, a sense of humor, and love to pull them through severe pain and suffering by all.
Through interviews and footage of daily lives, the film will capture experiences by other families living with various forms of SCD and show a sense of resilience in the SCD community often unseen. Sick Cells touches on treatment development, gaps in policy research, HCP education, and leaders in their fields.
EJ Hill is a musician/artist and first generation American of Belize-born parents. He was raised in and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Sick cells film Co-Director, Laura Zinger, saw him performing in Chicago, and felt that his song “Tomorrow” had a great message of hope and determination in finding a cure for anyone struggling with Sickle Cell Disease.
EJ Hill has been kind enough to donate half of the profits from the sale of this song to go towards the making of Sick Cells. EJ is a fantastic musician, artist, and all around person, and the Sick Cells Film team greatly appreciates his generosity.