Symptoms of Alzheimer's can get worse over time, and since there is no known cure, caring for someone with this disease can produce high levels of stress. The goal of this film is to bring a smile to those who give care for someone suffering from dementia and to provide them a moment of respite that will hopefully reduce the stress level in their life.
Facts about Alzheimer's
- In 2011 there were an estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s was the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States ahead of Diabetes, Flu/Pneumonia, Nephritis and Septicemia and the fifth-leading cause of death for people 65 and older.
- Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- Since the year 2000, death rates from other major diseases--HIV, stroke, heart disease--have dropped while Alzheimer's rose 66 percent.
- There are nearly 15 million caregivers with Alzheimer's and dementia patients. If they all lived in a single state, it would be the fifth largest state in the country. These caregivers have provided seventeen million hours of unpaid care.
About the project:We want to make everyone aware of the difficulty Alzheimer's can cause to family members, friends and especially those with Alzheimer's themselves. But more than that, we also want to showcase the caregivers who spend large portions of their lives caring for Alzheimer patients and to show them how important it is that they find ways to accept the changes they see in their loved one, to focus on the positive moments, and to not feel guilty because they cannot do more.
Edgar's Dance is about seventy-five year old Edgar, who, has been dancing since he was a young man. One day, while parading around his house with his top hat and cane, Edgar “sees” a beautiful, young lady elegantly spinning around on his front lawn. As he tries to go outside to dance with her, he discovers the reality of his life. But the good news is that his caregiver has learned how to grieve the loss, yet focus on the positive moments.
Crew behind Edgar's Dance:
Director: Joshua Mullins has a place in his heart for senior citizens. His last film, POKE, was about how a man dealt with the loss of his wife of forty years. POKE has won many awards at various film festivals including “Best Opening Credits”, “Best Ensemble Cast”, “Best Juvenile Actress”, and was a two-time winner of the “Audience Choice Award for Best Dramatic Short Film”.
POKE can be viewed at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOhcR1kTHyU
Cinematographer: Greg Schimttel (http://www.gregschmittel.com/index.html) is a talented, creative individual who has worked with Joshua Mullins on other films. Greg's skillful cinematography derives from his love of observation where he recognizes particular details and characteristics that he transforms into emotion.
Assistant Director: Cat Goeke isn't new to film making, but she is new to assistant directing. She has an incredible work ethic and a passion for film and people, which is why she is perfect for this role. Cat is currently producing a documentary on a little thrift store in St. Louis called "Grandma's Attic."
How the project will be funded:
**The film will only be produced if the budget is raised. If the goal is not met, the project will not be funded.** Whether making a feature-length movie or a simple short like Edgar's Dance, creating a film can be very expensive. Even though the digital age has helped filmmakers bring their ideas to life for far less money, there are still numerous costs involved with doing a project--film equipment, cast and crew, production design, and post production work including coloring the film, creating music and dvds.
Status of the production:
Edgar's Dance is currently in pre-production. The script has been written, actors have agreed to be a part of the project and we are currently rounding up other crew members. The actual production is scheduled to start midsummer and will be wrapped before fall 2012.
How you can help:
By pledging an amount, you will be eligible to receive rewards exclusive to those pledging through this Kickstarter page. Take a look at the rewards column on the right—not only will you be helping to raise Alzheimer’s awareness, but you will also be getting something for your money.
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