The Invisible Fury


About the Project


The Invisible Fury is an interactive documentary that examines the effects of the “battle” language associated with cancer care. The aim of the documentary is to provide a centralized database that contains personal accounts of people’s experiences with cancer and its associated infrastructures.

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Our Intention

The project scope is to unpack the battle rhetoric associated with cancer. The rhetoric of “invasion,” “cancer battle” and “survivorship” have negative psychological and emotional consequences for patients. This aggressive language victimizes and compounds the challenges of those facing cancer or those that have gone through cancer and “lost.” The project aim is to unpack these consequences of the warfare language through two discursive categories of “Fury” and “Invisibility.” The “Fury” corresponds to topics of cellular multiplication and bodily manipulation. The “Invisibility” corresponds to issues of the confounding nature of cancer and its associated paradoxes of research, prevention, and treatment. Sub-items of invisibility also include the very active online support communities that are created by anonymous users.

The implications of this project are to give space to more cancer retrospectives that are not anonymous and to contest the “battle” language. This project further contributes to research in public education of how cancer operates socially. The Invisible Fury Project also contributes to research in the digital arts in creating a curated platform for illness narratives.

The Team

JANA BOLOTIN (conception, executive production, and creative direction) is a filmmaker and media artist. Her works include animation, autobiography and commercial documentary. Jana’s autobiographical film, Alo! 86th Street has been officially selected by the Olympia Film Festival, the Tacoma Film Festival and Seattle’s Local Sightings Film Festival. Professionally, Jana has worked as an associate producer in nonfiction television for A&E and the Biography Channel. She is also the co-producer of the United States of Football, a feature length documentary about the long-term neurological effects of playing football. Jana is currently pursuing an MFA in Digital Arts + New Media from UC Santa Cruz.

SARAH HARMON (co-production, programming, and creative direction) is a scientist, engineer and human researcher. Her projects are largely interdisciplinary, spanning fields from molecular biology to mathematical neuroscience. Sarah is currently pursuing her PhD in computer science at UC Santa Cruz.

MARISSA KITAZAWA (After Effects animation) is a filmmaker who integrates art with community activism. She has worked extensively to develop several youth empowerment programs in Los Angeles that converge community storytelling, coalition building, and intergenerational dialogue.

Mentioned Support and Resources


Consulting Producers

Personal Accounts and Stories

Special Thanks

Financial Support

This project is supported by a generous Florence French Financial Aid Fund for Art.