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The Nipple Artist: Watch the Documentary and Go Behind the Scenes

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The Nipple Artist, produced by The New York Times video journalist Kassie Bracken and editor Taige Jensen.

How do breast cancer survivors recapture their sense of self after what writer Caitlin Kiernan calls “a marathon” of surgeries, chemotherapy and other treatments? The Nipple Artist, the second in a series of collaborations with The New York Times, is the story of Kiernan’s path to feeling whole again after a cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, double mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries.


Caitlin Kiernan Tells Her Story

Caitlin Kiernan. Photo: Kelli Acciardo“You get the mastectomy and everyone makes a big deal out of it, but it’s just the half-way point of reconstruction.” — Caitlin Kiernan, subject of the documentary The Nipple Artist

POV’s conversation with Caitlin Kiernan »
Read Kiernan’s “A Tattoo That Completes a New Breast” »


Joanna Rudnick on Life with “The Breast Cancer Gene”

Joanna Rudnick. Photo: Aaron Wickenden“The worst part about being diagnosed with breast cancer is knowing that I had the knowledge to prevent it.” — Joanna Rudnick, director and subject of In the Family.

When Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the “breast cancer gene” at age 27, she knew the information could save her life. And she knew she was not only confronting mortality at an early age, but also was going to have to make heart-wrenching decisions about the life that lay ahead of her.

Read Rudnick’s story »
Watch the POV documentary In the Family online »


Kassie Bracken on Filming The Nipple Artist

Kassie Bracken. Photo: The New York Times“It isn’t a traditional cancer story, even though it is about cancer.” — New York Times journalist Kassie Bracken

Kassie Bracken and Taige Jensen took viewers on a road trip to tell the story of Caitlin Kiernan and a tattoo artist, Vinnie Myers in Finksburg, Maryland, who inks only one thing – nipples.

POV’s conversation with Kassie Bracken »


The Men of Atalissa

Watch The Men of Atalissa, the first documentary collaboration between POV and The New York Times.

In 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won a $240-million judgment against Henry’s Turkey Service, which had exploited a group of men with intellectual disability who lived and worked together in a small town in Iowa. The Men of Atalissa explains what happened to these men in a documentary and in an article based on court and company documents, archived photographs and first-time interviews.

Watch The Men of Atalissa »


Images: Caitlin Kiernan (Photo: Kelli Acciardo), Joanna Rudnick (Photo: Aaron Wickenden), Kassie Bracken (Photo: The New York Times)

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Emma Dessau
Emma Dessau
Emma Dessau is a Web Producer at POV Digital. She is also a producer of the digital documentary Folk to Folk. Prior to POV, Emma worked at Emerson College's Engagement Game Lab. She holds a Bachelors degree in journalism from Boston University.