ANGELIGHT FILMS INCORPORATED

Rating: 5 stars   24 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 96 Morton Street, 4th Floor New York NY 10014 USA

Mission: Angelight Films is a 501(c)(3) non-profit production company that gives children afflicted with brain and spinal cord tumors the opportunity to express themselves by creating their own short films. A future goal for Angelight is to deliver the children's films to the public in the form of a documentary; we also plan to provide our films to hospitals in efforts to provide inspiration to patients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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We first heard of Stephanie and Angelight Films at Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with life threatening illnesses and their families. When Colin was first diagnosed with a brain tumor I wanted a window into the future. I wanted to know what life would be or could be like in 2,3 ,4 years into the future. I wanted hope. I knew that Colin could give others that hope that I so desperately wanted to see. Stephanie put that hope on film. Colin is bright , beautiful, and joyful and he has a story to tell. From the minute that Colin and Stephanie met it was as if their soles had known one another all along. She guided him through the creative process of writing a story, creating a script, picking costumes and performing. The result was magical. Stephanie and her dedicated crew captured Colin in all of his essence and innocence. Together they created a gift. A gift of hope and healing through the art of film.

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Making this film helped Colin express himself in many ways. He was able to talk about his time in the hospital and what it was like to have a brain tumor. It empowered him by allowing him to be free with his thoughts and ideas and feelings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing that I would do to change this organization. The gift that they give to theses children and their families is truly priceless and they do it all with a deep love in their hearts. You can see and feel the love in the films.

Rating: 5 stars  

I could not imagine a better way to volunteer my professional skills for good. Stephanie is providing a wonderful experience to children with Angelight Films. Working with these kids inspired me and reminded me of all the wonder and joy there can be in the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the joy in the faces of the children who might otherwise have nothing to be happy about.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide more funding so it can do even more.

Rating: 5 stars  

I am Kyle’s mom and I have nothing but amazing things to say about Stephanie Angel and Angel Light Films. Angel Light Films has truly been a gift from above for us. Ever since Kyle was diagnosed with a brain tumor in June of 2008 I have felt deeply that what we were going through was going to help others. During his treatment this feeling only grew and it was when we attended a horse rehab program that I found out how Kyle would be able to express this journey. Stephanie spoke to Kyle and asked him if he wanted to make a movie. At first Kyle thought she was kidding but then realized she was serious. Stephanie gave Kyle a large drawing book and told Kyle to sketch out his how he would like his story to be told. Kyle wanted to thank everyone who helped him and show children who are newly diagnosed with a brain tumor that they can get through this and do things just like any other child can do. Stephanie gave Kyle a voice to express his journey and let the whole world hear it and that we thank her for. Many of our friends have watched these films and have told us how moved they were by Kyle and Lily’ stories. Thank you Stephanie and your crew for the amazing work you have done!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This whole process has helped Kyle and our whole family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that there would be more supporters so that more films can be made.

Rating: 5 stars  

Angelight Films fulfills a very original need that has yet to be widely acknowledged among the western medicans. Nearly 100% of the time the focus of the people and professionals surrounding these sick children is on the cells and the proteins. They are handled like a kid that is sick, even when everyone tries not too. Yet unexplained, there is wisdom in these children that lends us to believe they placate to our feelings to protect us more than we do for them. Angelight finds these special children and provides them an outlet to show the world their inner light through their own filter in order that we may see what they are trying to teach us. Subtle lessons their souls pours out through their actions and daily interactions that are often left unnoticed by those that surround them. Through the medium of film and through Stephanie Angel's brilliance, the beautiful ideas of these children are scripted into films of their design and produced into magic pieces that embody the children's original intent. Very little is lost in translation from child's idea to feeling of the patron watching the film - that's the magic of Stephanie Angel - that's the magic of Angelight Films - that's the magic of these kids...

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When cued right, what a child can remind you of can bring you back to things inside yourself that you have forgotten or given up on. I have never grown up, but these films and these kids remind me that I'm on the right track... :)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more crew, full time editor, a social worker, an office manager and a few more directors - send $$$ and well keep crankin' harder !!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

What is its top priority in the long run?

To secure the funds to hire more crew and staff to make more films!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

I am truly honored to be a part of Angelight Films. This organization touches so many hearts, including the families of the children involved with the organization. Stephanie is an amazing leader and role model, and we are blessed that she has shared her vision and created such an inspiring organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the children and their families watch the films.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that the mission reaches as many people as possible. Anyone who has not seen the films is truly missing out!

Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing to let all of you know what an incredible experience we had with Stephanie and her organization. We first met Stephanie when she arrived at our home to meet Lily, our just turned 7 year old daughter. Lily was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor just before turning 3 years old. Stephanie asked Lily if she would like to make a movie, Lily was thrilled. Over the course of a few months, Lily wrote and directed her very own movie. The opportunity for Lily to express herself, to tell her story in a film was very empowering to her. She loved it. It was such a joyful process to witness, watching Stephanie and Lily and the crew bring it all together. Lily's film was the first for Angelight Films. We attended the first benefit for Angelight Films and were just amazed as we watched Lily's film and the next two films they made on the big screen. The entire evening was magical. Stephanie's vision, to honor her sister and bring to light the plight of these children with brain tumors is remarkable. Stephanie has given Lily a voice. She has given all of the children with brain tumors an opportunity to express themselves in any way they feel. We wish Stephanie and Angelight Films great success in the future and we thank them for giving us such a wonderful piece of our daughter which we will have forever and ever.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughters film.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing. Except help get them more exposure so they can give hope and happiness to as many children with brain tumors as possible.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I think that Stephanie is doing a great job helping people.
Unfortunately, the brain tumor community is growing every day.
I know that she wants to help as many people as her possibilities allow.
I have a brain tumor, and I work as a patient coordinator, and it breaks my heart when a child is diagnosed with a tumor and the family can't afford the treatment.
I hope that she reaches her goal to help the people who really need people like her.
God bless you,

Elizabeth Cuttler

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I asked for help, and Stephanie was willing to help this patient. His mother never called me back, but I knew that she would've helped.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to get as much money as possible. Maybe asking people to donate items and having a silent auction.

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has known Stephanie Angel's Family and all that inspired her to create AngeLight Films, I was completely touched by the organization's mission and the films showcased at the launch. AngeLight is no doubt filling an important role for children with brain tumors and their families. I can only imagine the joy and creativity that is yet to come from this non profit and the youngsters it serves. Stephanie truly is an angel.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I saw the films and me the children who helped to create them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them raise a lot of money so that more children can have this extraordinary experience of making their own film.

Rating: 5 stars  

I can clearly see that Angelight Films has offered much inspiration and healing to the children with brain tumors and their families. The entire process of creating a film, start to finish was done with much compassion, sensitivity and professionalism. Clearly, Stephanie has a vision and all the people involved in helping to carry it out are extraordinary souls that really understand it. I wish Angelight Films tremendous success in moving forward, giving many more children the gift of creating their own short film!

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I experienced first hand the benefits when I saw the faces of the children that created the films. They clearly felt special and very important.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes, but hope that many more have the opportunity to experience creating a film.

Rating: 5 stars  

Stephanie has done a great job in putting together this organization. The videos provide a wonderful expression for the children and a lasting gift for their families. Continued success with helping as many families through your heartfelt gifts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by watching the videos.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

wouldn't

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