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Meet Ann Cabano

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ann Cabano.

Ann, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I got my creative start in High School. I was fortunate enough to be involved in Drama, Dance, Choir and of course Marching Band, Go Tigers! After high school Fast forward to acting & stage production at ASU, business at UOP, Film at SCC and eventually found my way into the healing arts at SWIHA in Tempe. I earned a Bachelor of Divinity in Ministerial Counseling and Metaphysical Healing, became a trained Life Coach, Spiritual Counselor and Licensed Massage Therapist. A passion for advocating for human connection & understanding & compassion being the impetus behind every choice I have made.

I believe my unique educational background informed and provided what I call my ‘secret sauce’. An ability to hold a sacred container for individuals to dig deep into the subconscious layers, guiding them to give voice to their human experience and to be able to share what is discovered.

This is why I am a documentary film maker. I am passionate about helping people find their voices and telling their stories. To be able to get vulnerable in a safe, loving and nurturing way. To talk about the difficult things so others may also have permission to heal. I am not just a documentary filmmaker, I am a holistic film maker focusing on social awareness themes.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has not been a smooth road.

Who can they have never encountered bumps and hills and canyons on their journey?
I believe I am currently experiencing my biggest ‘struggle’ if you will. I have redefined my career and chosen to become a filmmaker at a later time in life. Although I officially started making my first film back in 2008, it was really until last year that I started to make some headway. And of course, those successes must be measured by myself first, over anyone else because I have to remember to celebrate the small victories. Becoming a filmmaker late in life, as a woman, is no small task.

Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in documentary & narrative film with social awareness themes! I promote human connection, compassion, understanding and tools for healing. I consider myself and advocate first, a filmmaker second, and a holistic practitioner third. I believe I am known for exactly what I just stated.

I am proud of the work I have done. Last year I directed, produced and edited a short narrative film written by a 14 year old girl named Faith. The film is titled Stronger by This and has a suicide awareness theme that was inspired by actual events. Our film won two awards at the Worldwide Women’s Film Fest! One of the awards was the ‘Making a Difference: Strength & Courage award for Faith and the other was the ‘Making the Difference: Filmmaker Advocacy award for me. When I was handed that award I was thrilled to have the words advocacy & filmmaker together. It was a beautiful moment for me.

Another thing I am very proud of is my recent film The Box: Out of the Impossible. The Maddie Caballo story. Maddie is an absolute inspiration and it was my complete honor to be chosen to make her film. The film is about her being raised in a cult and experiencing horrific abuse. But the truth is we don’t actually hang out in the trauma. Instead, we focus on the healing journey. What I am really proud of is know that Maddie specifically came to me because she felt she could put her trust in me. What sets me apart from others? That I honor the person more than ‘landing a story’. I work hard to not exploit the humans behind the stories.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I believe the bad luck I have experienced in life has made me who I am. Failure, trauma, pain and loss can truly define an individual if you let it. I do my internal work and I am obnoxiously self-aware because of it. I can say quite authentically that I would not be such an understanding, patient and loving human if I had not to be tempered with pain. I am grateful for every experience.

I also believe passion mixed with compassion mixed with grace begets that good luck you mentioned. Surrendering to the flow allows for magic to come into your life. I am ready for my next magical assignment.

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Image Credit:
Paula Leeper
Joe Gutierrez – Joe G Photography
Kevin Poleyumptewa – Moonlit Dreams Photography

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