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S E C T I O N 2 Community S TO R I E S A B O U T P E O P L E A N D E V E N T S I N T H E C O M M U N I T Y Photo by Michele K. Short he Big C usually refers to cancer, but in the case of a new movie coming out in theaters on Friday, July 12, C also stands for comedy and connections, local connections. The executive producer is Laurie Kraus Lacob of Woodside and the investors who backed the feature film, “The Hot Flashes,” are for the most part Silicon Valley women. Ms. Lacob believes one of the main reasons the project resonated with them is because it’s “about a group of women in their late 40s who find a cause, jump behind it, and find that they empower themselves and find a new lease on life.” The cause is early detection of breast cancer. In the movie a friend dies from breast cancer, and on her behalf a group of women, all former high school basketball players, bands together to keep a mobile mammography unit operating in a T Woodside woman backs feature film that spotlights early detection of cancer Producer WITH A CAUSE BY KATE DALY Special to the Almanac On the set of their comedy, “The Hot Flashes,” are, from left, executive producers Laurie Kraus Lacob of Woodside and Jenny Johnson and writer/producer Brad Hennig. small town in Texas. They put on a fundraiser, challenging the high school girls’ state champions to basketball games. Ms. Lacob describes another storyline in the film as “the philandering husband having a midlife crisis.” The film stars Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Daryl Hannah, Camryn Manheim and Virginia Madsen as teammates; Mark Povinelli as their coach; and Eric Roberts as the unfaithful husband. Before filming in 2012, Ms. Sykes had a double mastectomy, but Ms. Lacob says as a standup comedian, the actress still brought hilarity into every scene. “The really challenging thing and fun thing is none of them had played basketball before, so we put them through a twoweek-long training camp,” Ms. Lacob says. A former president of the Women’s National Basketball Association, Donna Orender, ran the camp and advised on all the basketball sequences on the set. The film was shot in 25 days in the New Orleans area. Chloe McNally of Woodside spent her spring break from New York University there, acting as one of the high school players (#24). She had played high school basketball and says she admired the professional actresses because “they were all so game to play. They did all their own stunts. ... They would give us tips for acting, and we’d give them basketball tips. It was a collaborative experience.” Two other Woodsiders appear in the film for a few seconds. Ms. Lacob’s daughter, Kayci, is in one shot, and investor Susan Breyer is in another. Ms. Breyer’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, but what really drew Ms. Continued on next page July 10, 2013NTheAlmanacOnline.comNThe AlmanacN21

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