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The news of an A-list star like Johnny Depp joining a new film always makes headlines, but this time around, the beloved actor is taking on a new film project for an incredibly worthy cause.

The star is just one of many notable actors and filmmakers who came aboard a new horror short film entitled The Black Ghiandola, written by a teenager named Anthony Conti who is living with Stage 4 cancer, as part of an initiative through the Make a Film Foundation. Today we have photos from the set and new details about the project.

The Hollywood Reporter explains that 16-year-old Anthony Conti is suffering from stage IV adrenal cortical cancer. He teamed up with the Make a Film Foundation to get his horror short film off the ground, attracting actors like J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Richard Chamberlain, Jade Pettyjohn, Chad Coleman, Pritesh Shah and Keith Allan, with filmmaker David Lynch even starring in an on-screen role. Anthony Conti wrote the film with Scott Kosar (The Crazies, The Texas Chainsaw Masscare) and Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice, with filmmakers Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead), Catherine Hardwick (Twilight) and Ted Melfi (St. Vincent) taking turns behind the camera over the five-day shoot. Here's what Make a Film Foundation founder Tamika Lamison had to say about Anthony Conti in a statement.

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