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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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“Who I Am” screening at Pittsburgh IFF – June 2

Our music video for “Who I Am” will be screening at the Pittsburgh Independent Film Festival this weekend!

The screening is  Saturday, June 2nd,  in the 10-noon block at the Hollywood Theater.  See the festival’s FULL SCHEDULE.

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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“Who I Am” music video screens in the Garden State Film Festival

Garden State Film Festival Showing of “Who I Am”Our music video, “Who I Am”, has been selected by the Garden State Film Festival and will be shown on March 25th 2:30pm at the Asbury Park City Council Chambers. As an independent filmmaker, whose own mother and grandmother suffered with Alzheimer’s, I sought an alternative way to help my mother and I deal with this devastating disease. Along with my husband Jon Pousette-Dart, I embarked on a journey to find a way to enhance my mother’s, and her housemates’, existence through music and the evocations that it brings. As an outcome, Jon, Jamie Kyle and I wrote and produced the multi award winning music video “Who I am,” which will be included in the upcoming documentary “Forget Me Not.”
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‘Who I Am’ at Independent Film Quarterly Festival Wednesday

Our music video, “Who I Am,” was selected for screening at the 2011 Independent Film Quarterly Film & New Media Festival in New York City.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 23rd at 8pm
WHAT: Screen 2, Mixed Shorts Category
WHERE: Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

This music video shines 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. ‘Who I Am’ is performed by Jon Pousette-Dart and Jaime Kyle for our upcoming feature documentary ‘Forget Me Not’ on the subject of Alzheimer’s disease. Pousette-Dart has also included the song is his forthcoming CD release ‘Anti Gravity’.

The IFQ Festival runs November 17 to 24. Check out the full Festival Schedule here.

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Support our IndieGoGo campaign!

We have launched a campaign to raise the funds for the editing of our documentary, Forget Me Not!

There are various levels of donations with perks for each donation level. Help us out to reach our goal of $20,000!

Here is the link to our campaign page…check it out!

http://bit.ly/qB7rvI

here’s the link to a music video of an award winning  song we wrote for the film called “Who I AM”

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Eat, Sing, Love

What can you do to keep a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s with you in the present?

Become part of their past.

Step into their world, 40, 50, 60 years back in order to participate in their lives.  Studies have shown that preparing their favorite meals and participating in the presentation of these meals is a great way to encourage your loved one to eat while keeping a memory alive.  Also try music therapy, playing songs from their generation, to engage their memory.  The sense of hearing persists through different stages of Alzheimer’s disease, memories of tunes from their times endure the disease.  Lastly, Michael Cheang, an assistant professor of family and consumer services at the University of Hawaii, reminds loved ones that touch is another sense which is particularly valuable when verbal and visual communication lose their effectiveness.  As Cheang states, “It’s a basic human element. We all love to be touched, hugged, to feel secure.”   So eat, pray and love, cooking their favorite meals, singing their favorite songs and showing love through contact.

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Keeping Your Brain Young

Alzheimer’s disease undoubtedly drenches many American families in worry, loss, and a sense of desperation. With ominous statistics published every year, a question lurking in the back of everyone’s mind is: What can I do to prevent Alzheimer’s in my life? While the cause and treatment of Alzheimer’s are still unknown, there are seven simple steps you can take to keep your brain young.

1) Aerobic Exercise is the Way to Go!

  • As we age, the connections between the neurons in our brain begin to fall apart, impeding our ability to think.  Aerobic exercises increase capillary development in the brain, enabling more blood (and oxygen) to reach the brain.  Many doctors recommend a combination of aerobic exercise and weight training to sharpen your brain at any age!

2) Better Food, Better Brain

  • What’s the big deal with antioxidants?  They neutralize harmful free radicals which break down the neurons (the cells central to our ability to think) in our brain.  Eating a colorful plate and avoiding foods which put you at risk for other diseases, like high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, will rev up your ability to think and respond faster.

3) Exercise Your Mind–Literally

  • You wouldn’t be able to get six-pack abs without sit-ups, Pilates, or some hard time at the gym, would you?  The same rule applies for your brain: exercise the noggin to keep your brain young!  Exercising your mind is as easy as learning something new.  Tease your brain with a puzzle, an electronic brain game, or engaging yourself in a hobby to put your brain in learning mode. 

4) Take a Breather

  • Everything is good in moderation, right?  The same applies for stress.  Chronic stress overwhelms the hippocampus, the part of the brain where memories are formed.  Stay calm and keep cool through exercise, yoga, meditation, or your own relaxing exercise to save your memory center!

5) Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…

  • Researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that those who get a good night’s sleep are able to synthesize complex information better than those who don’t catch their Zzz’s.  Who knew that a night of rest improves your ability to think creatively?!

6) Laughter Really is the Best Medicine

  • Humor stimulates our brains to produce dopamine, the famous “feel-good” chemical that we crave like chocolate bars.  Studies have found that this stimulation may indeed make us smarter!  

7) Wisdom with Every Day

  • With every day, we become better synthesizers and integrators of information.  Your brain is your very own google engine, able to search and access the millions of events, social scenarios, and facts you’ve recorded throughout your life, as you age.  Another day older, another day wiser!

Keep your brain young with these simple steps, courtesy of William Speed Weed and Reader’s Digest.

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