What would you do if you knew you were living the last year of your life? Until 20 is an inspiring documentary about James Ragan and his courageous quest to live a full and meaningful life. It's about knowing that your life is almost over and feeling lucky that you can still do something good, right now. This is a story about living.

About The Film

After three years of writing, filming, and editing, the filmmakers are very excited to announce our first film festival awards:

  • Hiscox Audience Award in Marquee Feature Category - 22nd Austin Film Festival
  • Inaugural Hiscox Courage Award - 22nd Austin Film Festival
  • Audience Award for Documentary Feature - 28th Virginia Film Festival
Hiscox Audience Award in Marquee Feature Category - 22nd Austin Film Festival Audience Award for Documentary Feature - 28th Virginia Film Festival

This is a powerful documentary about the pursuit of life.

James Ragan encourages us to make the most of every second.

Until 20 documents the inspirational life of James Ragan, a Texas native, who was diagnosed with cancer, osteosarcoma, at age 13. What James did after his diagnosis is the story you'll never forget. "James just wants to be normal." -Mecklin Ragan

In his own voice, this is James's journey as a promising young golfer trying to save the life of the next child before his own time runs out. Along the way he falls in love and learns about the power of family.

This film is about the depth of love, and not the length of it.

“Go out of your way once a week to do something kind for someone else.” - James Ragan


Thank you Gloria, Jim and Mecklin. Thank you for letting our production crew inside your home during the most intimate and emotionally difficult period of your lives. Your participation is a selfless gift. You help us understand love.

Thank you MD Anderson for enthusiastically supporting the production of Until 20. And a special thank you for your Moon Shot Program.

Kickstarter Supporters you did it! Thanks to your generosity this documentary is a reality.

The University Of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

For more information about MD Anderson visit MDAnderson.org.

Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation

Visit TriumphOverKidCancer.org to discover more about James' mission and his foundation.

“The closer you get to death the more you want to live.” - James Ragan

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Texas teenager James Ragan chose make a difference in the struggle against rare childhood cancers before his own time runs out. Diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, at age 13, he was told he wouldn't live to see adulthood. Approaching his 20th birthday, James defies the medical odds and pursues lives a life worth living.

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  4. Use These Discussion Guide Questions
  • James wants childhood cancer to end with him. What are some ways that individuals and organizations can help achieve James's goals.
  • Why should more research dollars to go towards childhood cancers?
  • What are some ways to create incentives for pharmaceutical companies to support research children with pediatric cancers?
  • What obstacles did James face during his treatment process?
  • Why did James qualify for some clinical trials and not others?
  • What makes sarcoma so challenging to treat?
  • How did cancer impact the people in James's life? What are some of the ways they coped? What are other ways to cope?
  • One of the benefits of an optimistic temperament is that it encourages persistence in the face of obstacles. What can we learn from James's positive outlook on life?
  • James says that he has been told that he gives people and a new perspective, but people never ask him is what gives him perspective on his own life. What do you think gives him perspective? What gives you perspective?
  • When you speak with someone who has had cancer is it uncomfortable? Do you change the topic and move on? Or do you ask the questions that may possibly save your life or the life of someone you love one day?
  • Do you have any sports metaphors for the way you live your life?
  • How important is it to have family members or friends with you as you go through treatment. Why?
  • James's friendships were broad and loyal. Do you have a support network? If not, how can you foster one?
  • What message does James provide with the way he lives his life?
“Pediatric cancer will end with me.” - James Ragan

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“When it is at the expense of your child's life, I just want to beat a wall down.” - Gloria Ragan


Inspiring Pediatric Cancer Documentary Launches Kickstarter Campaign

HOUSTON, TEXAS – What would you do if you were told this would be the last year of your life?

James Ragan was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and deadly form of cancer, at the age of 13. He was told wouldn't live to see adulthood. Now approaching his 20th birthday, James defies the medical odds and pursues a life worth living.

This is the story of Until 20, a feature-length documentary produced and directed by award-winning filmmakers Geraldine Moriba and Jamila Paksima. Until 20 follows James through the last year of his life as he grows from a promising young athlete blindsided by disease into a passionate advocate for childhood cancer research.

The film's Kickstarter quickly rose to the most popular campaign in Texas and is gaining support internationally. By reaching their goal of $50,000, Moriba and Paksima look to complete the film for entry into film festivals this fall. Potential supporters are invited to visit their Kickstarter site at http://kck.st/1pApYXa.

For more information about Until 20 go to Until20.com or contact the filmmakers directly.

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What The Press Has To Say About Until 20

Until 20
DC Filmdom, 11/05/2015, Eddie Pasa

Why Winning This Lottery Sucks
CNN, 11/02/2015, Nia Meadows

What Would You Do If You Were To Die By 20
Shift By MSNBC, 10/13/2015

'Until 20' At Austin Film Festival
Fox 7 Austin, 10/29/2015, Dave Froehlich

22nd Annual Austin Film Festival Kicks Off Today
KXAN, 10/29/2015, Claire Ricke

Until 20
KEYE TV, 11/02/2015, We Are Austin

Austin Film Festival 2015: 'Until 20'
Austin 360, 10/30/2015, Joe Gross

AFF Quick Cuts - Here's Three More Recos For The Fest
The Austin Chronicle, 10/30/2015, Josh Kupecki

'James Ragan' Documentary Screening In Austin
KRISTV, 10/30/2015

Austin Film Festival 2015: Must See Films
Glide Magazine, 10/29/2015, Christian Long

8 Days, 8 Films at Austin Film Festival 2015
The Austinot, 10/26/2015, Bill Tucker

An Extraordinary Story Of Strength And Courage
Austin Film Fest: Mel Klein Guest Blog, 10/2015, Mel Klein

'Until 20' Premieres Friday At Austin Film Festival
KIII TV, 10/29/2015

James Ragan Film 'Until 20' Premieres At Austin Film Festival
KIII TV, 10/30/2015

'Until 20' Explores Life As Student With Cancer
The Rice Thresher, 10/21/2015, Ryan Lee

Remembering My Brother, James Ragan
MD Anderson Cancerwise Blog Post by Mecklin Ragan, 10/27/2015

Documentary Details Cancer Fight
Corpus Christi Caller Times, 10/16/2015, Esther Hackleman

Why Winning This Lottery Sucks
Re-distribution of CNN Nia Meadows Article, 10/30/2015, Nia Meadows

Hallmark Graduate Is Director Of Photography On Upcoming Documentary Film
Hallmark Feature on Chris Beauchamp, 10/23/2015

James Ragan Is Subject Of Film To Premier Next Month
KRISTV.com, 09/2015, Andrew Ellison

My Cancer Is Worse Than Your Cancer?
CNN.com, 09/05/2015, Geraldine Moriba

Heaven Gained A Golfer
Lone Star Golf Magazine, Sept-Oct 2014

20 Years Of Life
The Bend Magazine, 09/2014, Mecklin Ragan

Making Until 20: Personal Insights From Co-Director Geraldine Moriba
City of Houston, 09/12/2014, Darian Ward

Film Documents Young Man's Life With Cancer
KHOU Houston, 08/22/2014, Len Cannon

Houston Filmmaker Hoping To Raise Cancer Awareness
Channel 39 CW39 Newsfix Houston, 08/06/2014, M. Boddeker

Cancer Patient Saw Disease As An Opportunity To Fight For A Cause
Houston Chronicle, 07/07/2014, Samantha Ehlinger

Terminally Ill 20-Year-Old Spent His Final Moments Helping Others In Heartbreaking Video
Huffington Post, 05/24/2014, Brogan Driscoll

Photos For Press Use

Production Team

Geraldine Moriba Meadows - Co-Director/Producer

James Ragan & Geraldine Moriba MeadowsGeraldine is a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is currently an executive producer with CNN's original program development team and the vice president of diversity and inclusion for CNN Worldwide. Prior to that, she served as the executiv e producer of the highly acclaimed CNN documentary series In America. She has also worked at NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News and CBC Radio.

In addition to her Emmy Awards, she's won an Alfred I. DuPont Award, two Peabody Awards, two RTNDA-Unity Awards, two National Association of Black Journalists First Place Documentary Awards and more. As a sarcoma cancer survivor herself, she is in a unique position to tell James Ragan's story. "I was told that I had six months to live," she says. "Almost 10 years later the doctors still don't know exactly why I survived. There's no cure for this cancer. I got lucky. So, now my purpose in life is to help raise awareness."

Jamila Paksima Rowell - Co-Director/Producer

James Ragan & Jamila Paksima RowellJamila is a two-time Emmy Award nominee and an independent documentary filmmaker, video director, and journalist. Some of her awards include three prestigious Webby Awards, a RFK Journalism 1st Prize in Domestic Television Broadcast, the CINE Golden Eagle and the OMMA Awards for Best Medical Animation Series.

For 14 years, Jamila has been the executive producer and creative director of Paksima Productions, her own production company. She has produced a series of short commercial films in China, Columbia, Argentina and the United States for Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson as well as independent documentary films in Iran and South Africa for PBS. "Most of us take a year for granted. We remain encouraged that our documentary will be a vehicle of influence and will, in a meaningful way, remind viewers of the urgency and need for better treatment options for all childhood cancers."

Christopher Beauchamp - Director of Photography

James Ragan & Christopher BeauchampChristopher is a Connecticut-based location photographer specializing in dramatic environmental portraits and dynamic adventure sports imagery for advertising, editorial and corporate clients. Growing up on the tail end of Cold War, his childhood was spent digging underground fallout shelters. This later developed into a passion for cave exploration, both domestically and internationally, and for investigating the often overlooked subterranean environments beneath cities. It was his efforts to document these spaces that ignited his drive to create unique imagery and led him to a career in photography. Whether a personal or a client project, his years of experience creating compelling images in adverse conditions allow him to maximize the potential of a shoot regardless of circumstances.

Steve Buckwalter - Second Director of Photography and Senior Editor

Steve BuckwalterSteve is an experienced filmmaker, videographer and editor. Working in movies, commercials, documentaries and corporate video production, some of his clients include The Walt Disney Company, Showtime, the US Army, Glaxo, and the AARP. Steve and Jamila have worked a creative team for seven years. Steve has helped create and complete campaigns for Janssen, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi Pasteur, BabyCenter.com and other healthcare clients. Steve has a truly unique combination of deep technical expertise and the eye of a gifted visual artist who captures exquisite images while crafting compelling visual stories.

Dita Gruze - Editor

Dita GruzeDita has over 14 years of international media experience, writing for newspapers, magazines, and publications in her native Latvia, Spain, and the U.S., as well as working as a producer, assistant director, script supervisor, and editor on more than 50 documentary and narrative films and commercials. Some of the films that Dita has worked on have won the Best Short Film at Slamdance, nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury award at Sundance, included in the Sundance Institute Screenwriters Lab, and featured on PBS FutureStates series. Her fluent knowledge of Latvian, Russian, Spanish and English and extensive leisure and professional travel experiences open up many doors to personal stories and unique insights into local cultures.

Haimy Assefa - Production Associate

Haimy AssefaHaimy is a multimedia storyteller who uses film, photography and journalism to tell compelling and character driven stories. With a BA in Sociology and an MA in International Affairs, Haimy's digital works aim to explore broad and nuanced social issues on both local and international scales. Originally from East Africa, Haimy has traveled to and participated in projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, Haiti and domestically in the U.S.

Haimy is currently an associate producer with CNN's Northeast News Bureau.

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