10:32 am. I found out this morning that my friend Marjaneh died this Saturday. She had been battling ovarian cancer for a number of years. She was the producer of the film about Joseph Cornell that we’d been trying for years to raise money for. She had raised several hundred thousand dollars but it was never quite enough. And then her cancer would return and she’d have to do another round of chemo. Talking about the pain she was in, she once told me: “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.”
I had emailed her a few weeks ago to ask if she had contact information for Michael Apted (they had worked together on a project once). I hadn’t heard back which worried me a little but it usually just meant that she was dealing with cancer stuff as she would often be unavailable for months at a time. After reaching out to her, I learned that Michael Apted had died earlier this year, which was embarrassing, but now it just seems like darkness on top of darkness.