About this project
This is my family's story. A story many people can relate to. A story portraying an epidemic that is progressive, fatal and has no cure.
• Right now in 2013, 5 million Americans have the disease.
• By 2050 an estimated 15 million people will have the disease.
• Someone develops the disease EVERY 68 Seconds
• This year in 2013, the disease will cost the nation $203 billion
• By 2050, it will cost the nation 1.2 trillion
The Epidemic is Dementia / Alzheimer’s
My name is Erich Hover and I am actor. I worked alongside Brad Pitt in the film “Moneyball” and I’m the middle son of Ed who is stricken with Frontotemporal Dementia. This movie is going to tell my father’s story and my goal is that it will become a vehicle to raise awareness about the disease and provide funding from it’s viewership to help support a cure.
This film is about a family sticking together through a difficult situation, showing the bonds between a father and his children and the love between a husband and wife.
Ed Hover was born in Omaha in 1950. Graduated high school, received his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Biology and Ecology from Nebraska-Omaha, married a wonderful woman named Jerrie. They had three boys that he raised the same way he was; to work hard, treat people with respect and spend quality time with your family.
Ed read a book a week, traveled, exercised daily, enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and horticulture (he loved working in his yard) and did everything a person is supposed to do to keep their mind healthy. However, Ed started showing symptoms of Dementia/Alzheimer’s at age 58. Now at age 62 the disease has drastically affected his memory and his behavior.
This film will go on a journey with a young man as he learns about the disease, his relationship with his father, and his family sticking together through a difficult situation. It will explore love, pain, loss, and overall hope for a better future, and a more fulfilling present.
Risks and challenges
When making a movie, I've learned that many things are constantly evolving and changing. Weather changes, crew changes, family emergencies, actor schedules, all of these could change in an instant during our month long shoot. We will get hit with obstacles and challenges. The good thing: our experienced team of filmmakers from our producer Deidre Backs who works with Alexander Payne, to our director Jay Giannone who has worked on and made over 30 films, to our actors who are showing up for the love of the project, we will stick together no matter what and reach our common goal of making a heartfelt, touching, and effective film. If we get thunderstorms during an outdoor shoot, we will move inside or switch the shooting days to when the weather clears. If a crew member can't continue to do an emergency or collaborative differences, we have back up crew people ready to work in a moment's notice. If one of our actor's has to drop out for another project, we will make the best of the amazing talent pool at our disposal across the country. We will do this! Believe in us. We believe in ourselves. Thank you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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