More Than Skin Deep

More Than Skin Deep
The Tanning Craze (Patrice Leigh, Photo by Kevin Colber)

A single childhood sunburn may trigger one of the most misunderstood and underestimated illnesses as an adult: the disease of skin cancer.

In a style accessible and engaging for all ages, More Than Skin Deep examines the history, science and culture of skin cancer.

The film reveals how the tanning craze was accidentally popularized by Coco Chanel, how pioneering medical trials for melanoma may revolutionize cancer treatments and how human skin color evolved as a survival response.

Using nationally renown experts, dramatic personal testimony and re-enactments, More Than Skin Deep speaks to the struggles and hopes against this unpredictable and formidable foe.

About Stan Kozma

Stan Kozma
Stan Kozma behind the camera

Director Stan Kozma's work straddles the independent and commercial arenas.

His experience as a Director/Cinematographer includes features, documentaries, industrials, episodic and commercials. He started Z Film in Tampa, FL in 1983 to advance these efforts.

Following an innovative 2006 PSA campaign on Children's Sun Awareness, Z Film began pre-production on a feature documentary that would not only examine the medical aspects of skin cancer, but also its social, cultural and historical facets.

The result was More Than Skin Deep: Skin Cancer in America. The film has been praised by the medical community, media outlets and skin cancer organizations as addressing a significant health issue in an entertaining and engaging fashion.