Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore to direct short-films on breast cancer

MUMBAI: Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Film Independent Spirit Award-winner Patty Jenkins (Monster) have been signed to direct the Lifetime Original Movie Project Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.

Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri will executive produce the Sony Pictures Television production, Project Five, reuniting Aniston and Kauffman for the first time since Friends.

Through its deeply interconnected story arc developed by Kauffman, Project Five will use humor and drama to focus on the effect that breast cancer and its diagnosis have on relationships and the way women perceive themselves, while searching for strength, comfort, medical breakthroughs and, ultimately, a cure.

Under Kauffman’s supervision, writers Stephen Godshaux, Jill Gordon, Howard Morris, Deirdre O’Connor and Wendy West have written a film included in Project Five, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television, Echo Films and Chestnut Ridge Productions. The film’s fifth director will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Our hope with Project Five is to entertain, inform and inspire dialogue, research and prevention. Otherwise, our goals are small. We want these films to move people and empower those affected by breast cancer to stand tall through this challenge, which impacts ALL of our lives, no matter who we are," said Aniston.

Lifetime Networks president and general manager Nancy Dubuc added, "I’m a big fan of this amazing group of powerful and creative women, and we are thrilled to be working with them on Project Five. It’s an awesome feeling to be able to give them such a strong platform to do what they do best – entertain and tell great stories – so that we all educate viewers about breast cancer through these five films of courage, love and hope."

"We are proud to be partnering with this amazing creative team on a project of such importance and impact for women," said Sony Pictures Television executive vice president of movies and miniseries Helen Verno.