A Radical, Feminist, Hip Hop Filmmaker & Health Advocate
Sick to Death!
After drinking radioactive iodine to killer her overactive thyroid, filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West runs smack into the medical corruption.
In Sick to Death! filmmaker Maggie Hadleigh-West exposes her own disturbing, yet determined, thirty-year struggle to regain her spiraling health. After seeing hundreds of doctors who either disregarded her symptoms, misdiagnosed or under treated her, Maggie discovers that her life-long thyroid problem was a fully understood medical issue as early as 1914, yet it’s been obscured by systemic medical corruption, pharmaceutical greed and physician negligence, leaving more than 750 million people sick and suffering world-wide.
Player Hating: A Love Story
Player Hating follows the life of hip-hop artist, Half a Mill from obscurity to fame.
Player Hating: A Love Story follows hip hop artist Half-a-Mill and his Brooklyn crew, The Godfia Criminals, as they struggle to launch Half’s first album in an effort to attain wealth, success and recognition through music. Through the eyes of an urban poet and philosopher, Player Hating reveals the tragedy of living in a violent community, abandoned by government and maintained through humor, dignity, and the sheer will to survive. Player Hating delves intimately into the lives of young “thugs” and takes the viewer into an underground world of poverty, gangs, violence and music that most audience members have an inkling of, but few rarely see—unless they’ve lived it.
For women, the streets are a war zone.
War Zone is about sex, power and what happens when men—either knowingly or unknowingly—threaten a woman’s right to walk undisturbed on the streets. What exactly do catcalls, leers or a whole litany of other behaviors mean to a woman? And why do men engage in these behaviors? Shot all over the US, Hadleigh-West turns her camera on men in the same way that they turn their aggression on her. War Zone is 76 minutes of explosive footage as the filmmaker places herself in very real danger by daring to ask the men on the streets why they are treating a complete stranger in a sexual way…