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Make your year-end Tax Deductible donations to the production of our Alzheimer’s doc “Forget Me Not” !

Due to the great interest in our music video for the song “Who I Am” on the subject of Alzheimer’s we have set up a way for folks to make donations towards the completion of our feature length documentary on the same topic. In the absence of any cause or cure breakthroughs to date, in this doc we are concentrating on practical ways for caregivers to cope and successfully stay connected as best as possible with their loved ones affected by this disease in their long and often lonely journey. In addition, we will empower caregivers with ways to stay healthy and strong in order to deal both with the incredible burden of caregiving and with the prevention of Alzheimer’s in their own bodies.

Donate through the non profit New York Women in Film and Television here:
http://www.nywift.org/article.aspx?ID=2770

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“Who I Am ” music video for Alzheimer’s documentaries

This song was performed by Jon Pousette-Dart & Jaime Kyle on vocals, Jon Pousette-Dart on guitar and bass, Chris Pelzer on keyboards, Jim Chapdelaine on bazouki , written by Jon Pousette-Dart, Dawn Young, and Jaime Kyle, recorded at Little Big Deal Music, Jim Chapdelaine Music and Jaime Kyle Music, mixed and mastered by Jim Chapdelaine, video shot by Rich White and Dawn Young, and edited by Jeff Ertz. The song was featured on the current release “Anti Gravity” by Jon Pousette-Dart, as well as on the documentary short “Isle of Capri” and the forthcoming feature length documentary “Forget Me Not” by Dawn Young. For more information go to: http://www.pousette-dart.com or dawnyoung48@gmail.com.

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Every 71 Seconds – Memories of Alzheimer’s

Take a journey up the Hudson River to dear Poughkeepsie, and drive to 45 Pershing Avenue, home of the Mill Street Loft, an upstate New York Gallery.  From now through July 31st, the Mill Street Loft presents a photo essay by Michele Muir, “Every 71 Seconds – Memories of Alzheimer’s” featuring victims of Alzheimer’s.  

Michele Muir’s 90-year-old father has Alzheimer’s.  As a professional photographer, Muir had a multitude of snapshots chronicling her father’s life.  While perusing her photos, she literally saw how her father had declined through the years, inspiring her to create a photo essay capturing the influence of Alzheimer’s.

Muir’s black-and-white photo essay, depicts the lives and stories of eight individuals with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.  The photos give Alzheimer’s patients around the world a voice, allowing the viewer to peer into their daily experience.  Her use of black-and-white photography further brings the viewer into the world of the Alzheimer patient, taking them back to the days of old-fashioned photography, where black-and-white snapshots documented the world.  Muir’s emotional touches are noted beyond her choice of color, for Todd Poteet, director of the Art Institute of the Mill Street Loft, explained to the Poughkeepsie Journal that, “the insight is a rare opportunity to look inside the disease and see the humanism and emotion tied to it.” 

In an interview with the Poughkeepsie Journal, Muir admitted that, “Sometimes it was heartbreaking, but sometimes it was encouraging to see that people in this state of being are interested in talking about what they have…Many have embraced it, even if they are frustrated, and are using it as an energy source to help others.”  

The photo essay, which she considers a work in progress is undoubtedly a touching project, inspired by the same sentiments of love and heartache which inspired me to create the film, “The Isle of Capri – A Story of My Mother.”  For more information on the photo gallery, please visit www.millstreetloft.org, or call the Mill Street Loft at 845-471-7477.

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