In 2009 singer/songwriter Samantha Lien was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was recording her debut album "Out of Shadows." After receiving treatment and trying to resume normal life, she was struck by the news of her cancer returning just a couple of years later in different parts of her body.

A group of her friends put together this music video, without any external funding, to support the dying artist. The process gave Samantha a boost of energy even though she was very ill during most of the production and was undergoing chemotherapy.

This video is about living to dream and dreaming to live.


Samantha passed away on November 1st, 2013.


Rest in peace, sweet angel...


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Directed by: Alex Winter
Produced by: Meg O'Connor and Samantha Lien
Cinematography, edit, color and VFX by: Alex Kushner
Production design by: Kat Meler
Gaffer: Gabriel Roland
Production Coordinator: Robin Yukiko
Production Assistant: Dekya Samson

Cast:

Blackbird: Pim Robert
Singer: Samantha Lien

Tea Party guests:

Vince Faso
Marissa Skudlarek
Kevin Trowbridge
Cian Quattrin
Ceri Quattrin
Robin Yukiko

Club Extras:

Annie Bakke
Bernadette Bohan
Anca Botez
Valerie Branch
Laurel Brechtel
Alfredo Coronado
Savannah Duguay
Rachel Fenn
Andrea Gadon
Matthew Gebre
Dane Golden
Alex Hessler
Matthew Hiserman
Sarah Inkelis
Emily Kaplan
Catherine Le
Molly Maser
Michael Maury
Sam Mollica
Lee Newman
Erin O'Connor
Edward O'Connor
Borlan Pan
Alicia Parker
Keeley Phillips
DaJuan "Lollipop" Ruffin
Brian Schriver
Shawn Silverman
Marissa Skudlarek
Brian Stone
Colin Williams
Robin Yukiko

Special thanks to Dixon Marine Services, Inverness Association, City of Daly City, Beatbox SF, and The Box Factory.

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