Thesps to direct shorts for breast cancer anthology

Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore and Patty Jenkins will each direct segments of “Project Five,” an original anthology of short films for Lifetime.

“Project Five” will explore the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives. Aniston, Keys, Moore and Jenkins, a Spirit Award winner for “Monster,” will be joined by a fifth director to be announced.

“I’m a big fan of this amazing group of powerful and creative women, and we are thrilled to be working with them on ‘Project Five,’ ” said Lifetime Networks prexy and g.m. Nancy Dubuc. “It’s an awesome feeling to be able to give them such a strong platform to do what they do best — entertain and tell great stories — so that we all educate viewers about breast cancer through these five films of courage, love and hope.”

Aniston and “Friends” co-creator Marta Kauffman, who is developing the arc connecting the stories, will exec produce with Paula Wagner, Kristin Hahn, Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri for Sony Pictures TV. Echo Films and Chestnut Ridge Prods. will also produce.

Writers attached to the project are Stephen Godshaux, Jill Gordon, Howard Morris, Deirdre O’Connor and Wendy West.

“Our hope with ‘Project Five’ is to entertain, inform and inspire dialogue, research and prevention,” Aniston said. “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.”Moore produced and starred in HBO’s 1996 anthology “If These Walls Could Talk,” a compendium of short films relating to abortion.

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