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Take Care offers a glimpse into the life of Virginia Gandee, a 22-year-old woman who lives in Staten Island, New York.

At first glance one is struck by Virgina's bold appearance; her bright red hair and the dozen tattoos that canvas her body. When she was 15, Gin left home to marry a 20-year-old she met online. Two years later, she was a teenage mother. Today, Gin is raising her daughter as a single mother and pursuing her dream to become a nurse.

Inside her family's trailer, her caregiving goes beyond the love she has for her daughter.

Take Care is a story about family, choices and reconciliation.

Take Care is a product of the MediaStorm Storytelling Workshop, where participants work alongside MediaStorm staff to create an intimate, character-driven documentary in just one week. Learn more about upcoming MediaStorm workshops and online training at mediastorm.com/train.

Published: March 23, 2010


Photography and Video: Gillian Laub
Additional Photography and Video: Elena Ghanotakis, Henrik Björnsson, Brad Horn
Interviews: Elena Ghanotakis, Gillian Laub
Additional Reporting: Laura Varma
Producer: Eric Maierson
Associate Producer: Brad Horn
Executive Producer: Brian Storm
Workshop Director: Jessica Stuart
Graphics: Jacky Myint
Original Music: Then our Souls
Online Training The Making Of: Take Care

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