INSIGHTS Fall 2014

Focus On Dementia

In this new series, from Movie Monday curator Bruce Saunders, films are the catalyst for learning. This season we’re focusing on the emotional and practical challenges for family and caregivers of people who are experiencing dementia, Alzheimers, and issues that come with aging. Listen to Bruce Saunders and Emily Pridham being interviewed on CFAX by Ian Jessop, 13 Oct 2014.

The course is meant to be both entertaining and informative. We’ll have some local resource people as guests. Dialogue amongst participants is encouraged. A certificate of attendance will be provided for applicable continuing education credit programs.

The cost will be $32.50 for the whole series - or $8 at the door for individual events. All sessions at 7:00 pm, approximately 2 hour and 15 minuts at the Eric Martin Theatre - south entrance 1900 Block Fort Street.

Payment: by

Payment may be made using your PayPal account.

or cheque to Movie Monday Society 2033 Chaucer St Victoria V8R 1H6.

Registration: Email for registration and inquiries. Please include agency affiliation and job title and credentials, if applicable. A confirmation of attendance will be provided (Beacon Community Services Home Support staff can apply to their employer to have registration costs covered). Car parking available in the lot between EMP and the Caribbean Apts – except for the four spaces furthest from the entrance. (MM leeway for parking on Lee Ave not in effect for these dates). printable poster

7:00 pm, Wednesday, Oct 15 Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter & Grief Loss And Dementia

Complaints Of A Dutiful Daughter - a favourite that shows a complex mother/daughter relationship as it evolves as daughter becomes caregiver and the issue of moving mum to a care facility looms. Made by the deeply caring and complaining daughter 44min 1994 trailer ~ more

Grief Loss And Dementia is a local, Island Health Authority-made, documentary – not a catchy title but an excellent and helpful film. (And it provides some examples of men with dementia and their caring spouses, in our women heavy film examples)

Caregivers share their journeys. This new educational film is an honest, poignant conversation with the spouses and children of people with dementia. Their emotional journey is full of bumps and unpredictable turns, as well as surprising beauty, even humour. Their insights are an education for anyone who is involved with someone with dementia, whether as a family member or a health care professional. In four 8-11min segments which will fit in here and later sessions 2011 Pg sample: trailer

7:00 pm, Wednesday, Oct 22 Iris

This moving film captures the remarkable relationship of acclaimed writer, Iris Murdock, and her husband, soulmate, and also writer/teacher, John Bayley – their young summer season of their lives together and the winter as Iris succumbed to dementia. 90min 2001 R more & trailer

cast: Kate Winslet, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Eleanor Bron

7:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov 12 Alive Inside

A truly hopeful film about Alzheimer's and aging is something unexpected. This hugely affecting documentary won the Audience Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and it's easy to see why. It's a portrait of a man on a mission, Dan Cohen, founder of the non-profit Music & Memory, as he fights bureaucrats and austerity budgets with the palpable evidence of how very simply the gift of an iPod can restore vitality and spiritual well-being to patients suffering from dementia and depression. 78min 2014 Pg trailer

7:00 pm, Wednesday, Nov 26 Still Mine

This feature by director Michael McGowan (ONE WEEK, a MM fave ) filmed in the New Brunswick is an exquisitely crafted and deeply affecting love story about a couple in their twilight years. Based on true events and laced with wry humor, Still Mine tells the heartfelt tale of Craig Morrison (James Cromwell), who comes up against the system when he sets out to build a more suitable house for his ailing wife Irene (Geneviève Bujold). A poignant look at family dynamics around a person with oncoming dementia. 102min 2012 Pg13 more & trailer

cast: James Cromwel, Chuck Shamata, Geneviève Bujold, Ronan Rees, Julie Stewart

7:00 pm, Wednesday, Dec 10 The Genius Of Marian & Nebraska

The Genius Of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her husband grapples with his role as it evolves from primary partner to primary caregiver. Pam's adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the gradual loss of their mother. Her eldest son, a filmmaker, Banker, records their conversations, allowing Pam to share memories of childhood and of her mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele, who had Alzheimer's herself and died in 2001. 85min 2013 Pg more and even more

and as background to the course do take a look at Nebraska, one of the best recent films and a great look at a father/son relationship coping with losses, curmudgeonly traits, and adapting to new realities. trailer

cast: Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk, Stacy Keach