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Stephanie Angel Stephanie Angel filmmaker. writer. word maker-upper.

Stephanie Angel is the founder and Executive Director of Angelight Films, a non-profit production company that helps children with brain tumors express themselves by creating their own short films. [www.angelightfilms.org]

Golda Meir once said, “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” 

That quote is one of my favorites. Even in this challenging world, despite the personal obstacles we all face, we still have the ability to create.  

I like to create in many ways. I enjoy combining ideas and parts of words into new creations. When I don’t find words that describe what I want to say, I’ve been known to make up new ones. As a child, I used to go up to people who were smoking and say, “Can you please stop cigaretting my air.” People listened, and even smiled.

In college, none of the majors fit what I wanted to study so I created my own double major: Film Expression and Spiritual Thought. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do yet but I knew I wanted to do something meaningful using the medium of film.

Then I wrote a feature film titled Intumatic. Yes, I made up that word as well. We’re intumatic when following our intuition becomes automatic and, as a result, miracles occur.

The first intumatic experience I remember having occurred when I was eight years old, on a day that would have been the sixth birthday of my sister, Ilana, who’d passed away from a brain tumor the year before. I didn’t feel like she was really gone, so I baked cupcakes and went outside into the calm night to sing happy birthday to her. A strong gust of wind came and blew the candle flame out. Later that night, I felt my sister enter my heart and say, “I am your heart. It’s you on Earth who have it hard. I am happy, I want you to be happy, and one day you will do something important.” 

Even though baking those cupcakes hadn’t made logical sense, I still followed the intuitive spark inside me that led to that life-changing experience. And that was just the beginning. 

Following more inner sparks, and applying hard work and perseverance, I created Angelight Films, in honor of my sister, Ilana. Making films with brave children who have brain tumors reminds me that there’s always a choice. We can complain about all the problems we inevitably face living in an imperfect world, or we can work together to create a more perfect one.

– Stephanie Angel

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