Over 28 million people per year use indoor tanning beds, despite the latter being a known carcinogen. Worst still, a staggeringly larger number, nearly 17 million people, are college-aged students who are being coerced into usage by unethical indoor tanning bed corporations located near college campuses. Why? Due to the unrealistic, culturally appropriated beauty standard promoted by corrupt advertising companies. Sadly, many people feel the need to trade their health for what is considered beautiful, and we think it's time for that to change. Now.
This upcoming short documentary will show the adverse affects of using indoor tanning beds on college students and suggest non-partisan policy changes. Featuring interviews with melanoma victims, former and current tanning bed goers, politicians, Mohs surgeons, and more, the film will illustrate how indoor tanning bed salons acquire and retain customers, how addictive tanning bed use and abuse is in the college-aged demographic, and what can be done. Millions have died from skin cancer, and millions more will unless we take action.
And action starts with education. Dermetel is a non-profit organization determined to advance awareness about dermatologic diseases amongst students and to increase access to high-quality dermatologic care for underserved patients worldwide. We’ve led massive sunscreen distribution campaigns in five countries, hundreds of cities, and thousands of college campuses since 2011, and our goal is to ban indoor tanning bed usage completely by 2020. But to do that, we need your help to make this documentary to spark dialogue, and make this issue one of national importance.
This documentary is long overdue. And by contributing any amount you can, you are helping #BanTheTan and help educate, spread awareness about, and take action against the deadly tanning bed industry.
Your contributions will go towards:
- Pre-Production (30%)
- Film equipment (40%)
Editing and post-production elements (30%).
All contributors will receive a detailed financial accounting statement to see where their donation went.
Regulations and restrictions must be made to limit or ban the use of tanning beds. More action needs to be taken to decrease the amount of users of indoor tanning beds, including promoting public health announcements, implementing a tanning bed use tax, restricting marketing directed toward youth, restricting the location of tanning salons, and mandating education for tanning bed users. These could be the steps to getting tanning bed use on a dramatic decline and one step closer to eradicating skin cancer completely. Please help us in our mission to eradicate skin cancer and help save lives.
It all starts with our Operation to #BanTheTan.
Thanks for your consideration,
Manisha Kaura (Screenwriter), Cassandra Heikkila (Producer), and Jason Zavaleta (Director)