Melanie’s Makers, family, friends, and fans,
Hello! This is Robert and we’re looking forward to engaging a bit more with you as we move forward – but as you can imagine, it has been a hard time for my family and me.
God is sustaining us, and I’m thankful to my amazing family and friends who have stepped up and been a gracious and loving support system. Thank you for being here for us!
Despite the horrible loss of my sweet Melanie, I will attempt to continue her legacy in the best way I know how – by telling her story.
Made with Melanie
Some of you know I’m a filmmaker. At times during this whole ordeal – the only power I ever felt (other than by taking care of my family and helping Melanie in any way possible) was to create a film that tells her courageous and inspiring story.
I’m very excited to share the trailer for our film about Melanie’s life, her journey as a Maker, and her fight with cancer. The trailer will be on her channel, here on her blog, and on her socials. If she inspired you, please share it!
Our goal is to have the feature documentary finished by the end of June or the beginning of July. When we are finished, we will make another announcement here. The film will be released exclusively on her Youtube Channel.
The Cancer Came Back
I started making this film in 2020 after the cancer came back and much of my work had been put on hold, so I went to what I do best. I asked Melanie to sit down and talk through our journey up to that point. I think it was very therapeutic for both of us, and of course super difficult. By our anniversary on January 21, 2021, I showed Melanie a 35-minute cut of the film up to that point (when we started to believe we had the cancer under control). We cried together and she had no edits, which always made me happy because it means I got her story right.
The Hardest Year
Sadly the story did not end there, though I wish it did. I continued to record our journey through the hardest year of our lives. As the cancer came back, I filmed our experiences through surgeries, chemotherapies, what felt like a million hospital visits, buying a new house, and dealing with everything that came with all that.
Telling Her Story
Melanie reassured me that if she were to pass, I could tell her story uncensored because she trusted me. I believe the film will honor her legacy, her love, her creativity, and her passion.
My film is also very vulnerable. We show images of Melanie’s decline that may be uncomfortable to watch. I think it’s important to show her fight because Melanie experienced what we all know; Cancer SUCKS!
Millions are fighting cancer at this very moment, but we don’t like to see or talk about the details because illness and mortality make us uncomfortable. She was Melanie all the way to the end. She wasn’t Melanie because she had beautiful hair, or she was in good shape or or or… She was Melanie because of the beautiful soul she had, and cancer could never steal that.
So please understand our motive in making this film and sharing such vulnerable moments with you. Additionally, I have been showing footage of the film to our family because it’s important to me that they are all comfortable with it before we release it.
I’m so proud of Melanie. She continues to be my muse and inspires me. I hope you enjoy this trailer and our film Made With Melanie. Her channel and socials will remain posted and accessible to you! We hope that you continue to watch her videos and spread joy and creativity to the world through the beautiful things you create for yourself, your families, and humanity.
May we love harder, create better, be kinder, and appreciate each other because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Much love and peace to you all.
Robert and family