Alicia Keys to Co-Direct Film on Breast Cancer

The R&B singer gets in the director’s chair for a Lifetime movie.

Posted: 03/30/2011 11:55 AM EDT

R&B soulstress Alicia Keys will be adding “film director” to her résumé. The nine-time Grammy winner and new mom will be joining Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore and Patty Jenkins to direct the Lifetime original movie Project Five. The project is an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives.

Keys, Moore, Jenkins and Aniston will each direct one short, with a fifth director expected to be announced soon. “Our hope with Project Five is to entertain, inform and inspire dialogue, research and prevention," said Aniston. "Otherwise, our goals are small -- we want these films to move people and empower those affected by breast cancer to stand tall through this challenge, which impacts ALL of our lives, no matter who we are.”

Aniston, Marta Kauffman, Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri will executive produce the film. The five short films were written under Kauffman’s supervision by Stephen Godchaux (Spin City), Jill Gordon (Cupid), Howard Morris (Women are Crazy), Deirdre O’Connor (The Electric Company) and Wendy West (Dexter).

In the last few years, Keys opened her career to acting, co-starring in the films The Secret Life of Bees, The Nanny Diaries and Smokin’ Aces.

 

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