I REMEMBER BETTER WHEN I PAINT: Treating Alzheimer’s Through the Creative Arts
"It shows an entirely new pathway for engaging with a loved one you thought was lost -- thanks to your vision... in getting this film made."
– Gail Sheehy Journalist and New York Times Best Selling author of Passages
A documentary film about art, science and Alzheimer's
by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner
Narrated by Academy Award winning actress Olivia de Havilland
The movie will be followed with a talkback and a tour of the ArtisTree Gallery exhibit, TRIO: Exploring Dementia. The exhibit features the works of Betsy Goldsborough (1929-2018), Brenda Phillips (1956-2018), Margaret McCracken (1952-2019)
This documentary shows how the creative arts can change the quality of life for people with Alzheimer's. Filming was done in many parts of North America and Europe showing Alzheimer’s patients reconnecting as they paint at their homes and care facilities, visit the Louvre in Paris, the Art Institute in Chicago and the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and even enjoy the Big Apple Circus in New York.
The film features a poignant interview with Yasmin Aga Kahn. Her mother, screen legend Rita Hayworth, found refuge in painting as an individual with early onset Alzheimer’s. International experts (as well as those with the disease, family members and caregivers of all ages) appear in the film. Among those experts are Dr. Robert Butler, a founding director of the National Institute on Aging and a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and Dr. Samuel E. Gandy, Mount Sinai Professor of Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The documentary also interviews renowned neurologists who explain how creative activities engage areas of the brain that are not damaged or less damaged by the disease and thus help reawaken a sense of personality, identity and dignity.
• The film gives new hope to families, caregivers and people in general as they contemplate ways in which their communities can help cope with Alzheimer’s. As a result of this film, many will find a different perception and understanding of Alzheimer’s.
The film is by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s. The documentary demonstrates the intersection between the arts, medical and scientific worlds.