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From My Head To Hers

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Published on Jul 25, 2016

I'm so excited to finally share my documentary, "From My Head To Hers", with you. This project has been over a year long journey, from donating my hair to meeting Kenzie to traveling to Italy all the way to screening the film at numerous film festivals. Please let me know what you think of the film, and most importantly, share the film with your friends and family via Facebook, Twitter, or email. Many people know about the hair donation process, but don't see what happens after they donate their hair, and now they finally have a chance. Wigs For Kids has been creating custom-made hairpieces to families in need for free for decades. They depend on the hair donations that they receive and any financial contribution. To donate a ponytail to Wigs For Kids, go to: http://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-a-p..., and to give a financial donation, go to: http://www.wigsforkids.org/financial-...

Sincerely,
Maria Alvarez

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Winner of a Google Breakthrough in Technology Award, Maria Alvarez’s film “From My Head to Hers” documents the process of creating a Hair Replacement System from Wigs for Kids – from hair donor to recipient and everything in between.

Follow along as we meet Kenzie, who was diagnosed with Alopecia at 9 months old. She has lost all her hair, as Alopecia means the immune system attacks hair follicles, labeling them “invaders.” Kenzie, who loves doing hair but doesn’t have any of her own, has applied for a hairpiece from Wigs for Kids. She’s received a fitting for a custom cap that her wig will be created from and is now waiting for it to be created.

Meanwhile, Maria Alvarez, an aspiring filmmaker, decides to make a difference and document her experience. She cuts off 14 inches of her long locks, and devotes herself to visiting the facility in Italy where her hair will be transformed into a custom hairpiece made just for Kenzie.

Ms. Alvarez’s stunning film delves into the way the hairpiece manufacturer logs Kenzie’s desired hair color and texture, scalp color and other information to get the wig started. The film shows how an exact replica of Kenzie’s skull is created with 3D printing technology, and a biomedical polymer is developed to simulate the scalp. We see how donated ponytails get blended together and then individually inserted by hand to become Kenzie’s new hairpiece. Watch as Kenzie wears her hairpiece for the first time, and as her mom says she recognizes her daughter’s “happy face.”

Google has recognized this film for highlighting the use of technology to solve a problem and make the world a better place while aspiring to promote diversity in technology. We hope it helps you understand the process behind Wigs for Kids hairpieces – and the reason we continue to create these custom wigs for kids who need them.

Find out about how you can help other kids like Kenzie by donating your hair (http://www.wigsforkids.org/donate-a-p...) or making a financial contribution (http://www.wigsforkids.org/financial-...).

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"Google Breakthrough in Technology" Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival

"Best of the Fest" Award at the Short. Sweet. Film Festival

"Best Direction" Award at the Atlanta Independent Film Festival (Nominated for "Best Cinematography" and "Best Editing")

Screened at the New York City Student Film Showcase

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Director/Cinematographer/Editor: Maria Alvarez

Executive Producers: Sue + Gary Stark, Eric Fisher, Barbara + Dennis Lubin, Deborah Lee, Sandro + Yvette Giorgi

Assistant Cinematographer: Patrick Miller

Technical Assistant: Fadi Kdayssi

Graphic Designer: Deborah Lee

Special Thanks: Wigs for Kids, Jeffrey Paul, Leslie Zevnik, Cesare Ragazzi Laboratories, Stefano Ospitali, Aquage

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