‘Mother’s Day Memories’, a short film tackling Alzheimer’s struggle contending for Oscars
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Los Angeles, January 26/ Canadian-Media: This multi-award-winning short film ‘Mother’s Day Memories’ looks intensely and provocatively look at a woman with Alzheimer’s at the center of her son’s agitation and her husband’s denial and Alzheimer’s effect on a family.
The short synopsis of the film is a woman’s development of Alzheimer’s and her condition being denied to others by her husband, who tries to “cure” her with his homemade regimen. Her son convinced she deserves better treatment, fights with his father. The conflict escalates until a tragedy leads to the revelation of a deep family secret.
Based on Writer-Producer-Actor Bill Hoversten’s own mother’s story, the short film not only dispels myths about Alzheimer’s in the spirit of Oscar@ winner Still Alice, but it also evokes compassion for those affected by the disease.
The cast of Jody Jaress, Conrad Bachman, and Kat Kramer (daughter of Oscar@ nominee Stanley Kramer Director and Producer of Judgment at Nuremberg, High Noon, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and others) is directed by Cannes-nominated Matthew Michael Ross.
The film was acclaimed by Alzheimer’s support organization in Los Angeles by stating it “makes the case for understanding and empathy toward those struggling with Alzheimer’s.”
With a growing number of individuals, as well as their loved ones and caregivers, being impacting by Alzheimer’s, the short film ‘Mother’s Day Memories’ could not be more timely.
Contact: Bill Hoversten
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TAG LINE: Lost memories are found in the heart.
LOGLINE: A woman’s Alzheimer’s leads to family conflict.
When Bill Hoversten and I first spoke about the project, I was immediately interested. His personal story of his own Mother’s fight with Alzheimer’s needed to be told. It was about creating awareness through a lens. While our budget was to be small, our story would be big-hearted. At every step, I worked with Bill to create an honest portrayal of the disease and of its impact on the family. I was inspired by how the cast took to the script. With each day in production and post, I felt we earned this narrative, that we were doing something both important and passionate.
WRITER / PRODUCER’S STATEMENT
This story is an appreciation for my mother, whose love endured even as her memories faded. After initial development meetings at Hallmark, I decided to produce it myself. I assembled a veteran cast and crew and turned to Matthew Michael Ross to polish the script, direct, and edit. As a line producer, I tried to raise the bar on what a small film could be. I became a SAG signatory, paid the actors upfront, and arranged free transport. And to focus our effort, I had cast and the crew begins the shoot with a unifying verbal statement of support for those affected by Alzheimer’s.
DIRECTOR’S SHORT BIO
Matthew Michael Ross is an award-winning writer/director and editor. His films have been nominated at Cannes, Tribeca, won the Beverly Hills Film Festival, and have played in cities around the world. He’s a WGA and SAG member. He worked for SONY Pictures and did projects for other studios. His passion for film and TV series keeps him creative, with several new projects in development.
WRITER / PRODUCER’S SHORT BIO
As a writer, Bill Hoversten has told stories in multiple formats — from scripts to feature stories to hard news. As a performer, he has appeared in roles on camera and on stage and standup and hosting live events and podcasts. This, his first produced film also brings together his writing and acting to tell a very personal story.
“What a heartfelt film. I wish my own mother were here to celebrate her Birthday and ‘Mother’s Day.’” — Ed Asner, legendary Emmy-winning actor
“Makes the case for understanding and empathy toward those struggling with Alzheimer’s.” — Alzheimer’s L.A.
IMDb LINKS: Film: https://pro.imdb.com/title/tt9168740
WEBSITE: FILM: http://mothersdaymemories.com
WEBSITE: DIRECTOR: http://aonfilms.com
FB: DIRECTOR: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008596290367