“Who I Am” WINS Best Music Video at the Golden Egg Film Festival!

*Update 11/17/14* – The music video for “Who I Am” has WON “Best Music Video” at the Golden Egg Film Festival! Congratulations to everyone who was involved for all their hard work and dedication to the production of this video!

Our music video of the song “Who I Am”   http://wp.me/ptiX7-8o  written by Jon Pousette-Dart, Jaime Kyle and myself and performed by Jon and Jaime. It has been selected to be screened at the Golden Egg Film Festival on May 4nd, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico! Check out our nomination in the nominations section on the Golden Egg Film Festival website —–>http://goldeneggfilmfestival.com/index.php

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“Who I Am” music video screens in 2 more festivals!

Our music video “Who I Am” on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease sung by Jon Pousette-Dart and Jaime Kyle will be screening at the BostonFilmFest  in their Shorts Program 1,  Saturday, October 26  at 12 noon,  in Theater 1 at the Revere Hotel,

Also on the schedule for “Who I Am”  http://bit.ly/1dkDkDa       is a screening at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City  Thursday, November 7th,  9:30PM  as part of the group Short doc  #1 at the Tribeca Cinema Image 54 Varick St.

 

 

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“Who I Am” receives a new award!

Laurel-AWARD-OF-EXCELLENCEOur music video  of the song “Who I Am”   http://wp.me/ptiX7-8o  written by Jon Pousette-Dart, Jaime Kyle and myself and performed by Jon and Jaime  has been honored again!  The International Film Fest for Environment, Health & Culture-Jakarta, Indonesia will screen the video during their festival in May.  http://internationalfilmfestivals.org/EHC/winners.htm  (scroll down to “Documentary Shorts”)

On the subject of Alzheimer’s and my experience with my mother, the song highlights the journey traveled by those who have lived with a loved one experiencing “the long goodbye”.   Hopefully this attention will raise awareness of the need for more answers in the search for causes and cures for the  ever increasing appearance of this disease.

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“Isle of Capri: A Song of My Mother” screening Tomorrow!!

Come and end Women’s History Month the right way by stopping by Ooba Lounge in Brooklyn to view my Award Winning short film, “Isle of Capri: A Song of My Mother” tomorrow, Tuesday March 26, 2013.

Isle of Capri: A Song of My Mother” is a short film showing how music can uplift the lives of Alzheimer’s patients and allow caregivers a meaningful experience with their loved ones.  When my mother was diagnosed with this disease my husband, Jon Pousette-Dart, and I found a way to enhance her existence and that of her housemates through song.

This Women’s History Month event will also feature other award winning short films, two poets, documentaries, a stand up comedian, and a comedic comedy sketch .

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Below are full details about the event:

Women’s History Month Event

Ooba Lounge 617 Grand St. Brooklyn (Williamsburg)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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Caregiver Bill Batson’s loving watercolor tribute to his Dad

PWC_Nov-181-421x600Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Bill Batson who has painted a daily watercolor sketch of his father who is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Here is an article that Bill posted in the Nyack News & Views.

“Every morning for the last year, I have created a watercolor portrait of my father, William Prime Batson. I started the project on his 90th birthday on October 22, 2011. On Sunday, October 21, 2012, I completed my 366th painting.

Physically, my father is robust: cognitively he is in decline. He doesn’t know my name, or our relationship, but the bond between us is strong. He seems to particularly enjoy our 6:00 am portrait painting sessions. You can’t see his eyes in any of my paintings because he is concentrating on the delicious breakfast I serve: hot cereal with apples and prunes, toast and juice.

Here is a selection of my favorite pieces from the 366-day tribute.”

to read more click this link: http://www.nyacknewsandviews.com/2012/10/nyack-sketch-log-william-prime-batson/

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“Who I Am” Wins yet another award PLUS an amazing opportunity!


More good news! Recently, “Who I Am” was submitted to the Lucerne International Film Festival, opening October 19th thru October 22nd in Lucerne, Switzerland. The LIFF has presented us with an “Honorary Award of Merit”. As part of this award, we were given the promise that our film would be sent to a handful of distributors, one of them being Jeridoo Productions who will be reviewing the film and determining if it is ready for the big screen, such as iTunes and/or Amazon or even theatrical release in Europe, U.K., Canada and our home sweet home, The United States of America.

“Who I Am”, directed by yours truly, features musical performances by Jon Pousette-Dart and Jaime Kyle and includes personal family footage and photos of my mother, Doris Young, and our time together. This song was written to be included in the upcoming feature documentary, ‘Forget Me Not’ on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease. ‘Forget Me Not’ is still in the production stages, so stay tuned for updates of our upcoming interview with nutritionist Dr. Oz Garcia about which we are very excited here at the office.

With each of my posts I’d like to start by giving health tips!

Tip #1: Keep a regular exercise routine! Make it your goal to work out in any way that you feel comfortable, whether it be, swimming, jogging, running, weight lifting, or last but not least, ZUMBA! If you’re looking for something to keep you centered and grounded I would highly recommend yoga to increase your balance and strength thus reducing the likelihood of falls and head injuries which may increase your risk for Alzheimers.

For those of you that don’t have the time to visit your local fitness club everyday, I would highly recommend purchasing a balance ball for you to practice on when you get out of bed in the morning, or right before you go to bed at night!

Remember that keeping your heart rate up is the key here, and that even doing laundry or cleaning the house counts as exercise!

Stay happy and stay healthy!

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Music video screening at “Crookedest” Film Festival Thursday – June 7

Another weekend, another film festival! The ‘Who I Am’ music video will be screening in Iowa Thursday for the Snake Alley Film Festival. The screening will be at the Capitol Theater in Burlington, Iowa as  part of the Orange Block, which starts at 2PM June 7th. See the FULL SCHEDULE for more information and check out the Snake Alley FF Facebook Page.

Directed by Dawn Young, ‘Who I Am’ is performed by Jon Pousette-Dart and Jaime Kyle for the upcoming feature documentary ‘Forget Me Not’ on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease. Pousette-Dart has also included the song is his CD ‘Anti Gravity’. This music video and documentary shine a light on an increasingly prevalent and heart breaking disease in which the victim gradually forgets personal history, how to function in society and how to survive.

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