“You’re Beautiful to Me,” is a Transmedia project written, directed and produced by Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. aka @DrGoddess, that showcases an African American mother and daughter navigating the rough terrain of dementia symptoms, diagnosis and care management, beginning with a tragic but humorously, intimate, documentary largely captured on an iPhone. Here’s some raw footage:
Documentary Film Synopsis:
A social media-loving Scholar, Artist and Activist’s life is turned into a chaotic, beautiful mess when her Mother began to demonstrate signs of what she would come to learn was Frontotemporal Dementia, an aggressive and relatively unknown disorder, often confused with Alzheimer’s. During a period of a national recession, ongoing debates over health reform and in a country that celebrates youth culture and beauty, while eschewing and devaluing our elders, “You’re Beautiful to Me” is a reminder that the health and wellness of all people should be valued and that both the elderly and their caregivers need far more support than that which they are now receiving. Further, statewide and federal standards around nursing homes and care units for elders need tremendous improvement, particularly with additional staff, as is more education and research are necessary into the variety of dementias that exist, such as Frontotemporal Dementia.
This film was received a grant from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments for completion and will crowdfund for the rest, to appear at film festivals, health centers, support groups and neighborhoods throughout the United States and across the globe.
TO DONATE to the film, use PayPal to drgoddessarts (at) gmail (dot) com. A $25 or more donation will receive an automatic free entrance to a screening. Or, you can still donate through her older, GoFundMe account, which was initially created to help with some last minute travel when we thought we would have more time.
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