As a grandparent I get a huge kick out of my grandson, Little Kevin…Here’s a new pic:
That being said something crossed my mind the other day…Aging…That’s right…Aging…NO I’m not depressed about turning 50 later this year or anything, but I am concerned as to what would become of me should Alzheimer’s ever touch my life directly. I had an aunt that suffered from it and it was horrible.
Aside from that, I am an avid movie lover and music lover and I truly hope to instill that in this little man! After all, children are the future are they not?
That being said there is a movie coming out that is on my mind heavily…It is going to be a wonderful film called “Posey”.
This movie stars Sally Kirkland and Christopher Pennock, who is another cool actor that some of you may know from the original Dark Shadows series, where he played Jeb Hawkes! He is currently working on “The Dresser” at the Actor’s Studio, which will open in LA in early October. Also, “The Four Horsemen” will start shooting again too! He also says that he’s recording the new Dark Shadows Audiodrama with Kathryn Leigh Scott…”Sebastian Shaw re-emerges in the Funny Farm!” is how he describes this.
However, this movie is probably going to be an important stepping stone in the careers of both Ms. Kirkland and Mr. Pennock. Alzheimer’s is a horrible disease. It literally robs us of our loved ones while living–bit by bit. My grandson’s paternal great-grandmother has a brain disorder that affects her much the same way, and it is truly a shame. One day she may know my ex-husband and the next day she may not. Sometimes she remembers my sons. As to whether or not she will comprehend being a great-grandmother remains to be seen.
I also had an aunt who suffered from Alzheimer’s that didn’t even recognize her husband who could be standing less than 4 feet away from her…I’ll never forget that either. She would put on lipstick, and then 5 minutes later put on more thinking she hadn’t done it yet…She also cursed like a sailor at times, which was sad because she never cursed prior to the onset of the disease. Slowly it took her from us all. And then one day I got word that her husband had passed away. She never realized it. Then one day, she was also gone. Sad…People who have this, die alone even when loved ones are there and they are aware of someone’s presence. They seem to be trapped in their own world, in their own mind.
That is why this movie is important…It is important because one day my family may be faced with putting me into an assisted living facility or a nursing home. This is the issue faced in the film…The disease is frightening enough for the family members faced with having to care for the victim of this disease, but for the family member who suffers from it–it can be twice as devastating…Here is why the film is important–straight from the Facebook page:
“…The film seeks to examine the seeming hopelessness of the disease and the fear from both the victim and their families, while at the same time finding hope and humor. The film is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association http://www.alz.org/ and a portion of the profits from the film will be donated to help fund research for this devastating illness…”
The film is not yet listed on IMDB but it should be…This could be one of the most important films to début this year. I also feel that this role could get Ms. Kirkland a much deserved statue for a job well done without even seeing a trailer yet. Seeing Christopher Pennock play opposite her is going to be a treat for this viewer as well. Now here is the synopsis–again from the Facebook page:
“…POSEY is the story of Linda Flemming, played by Erica Rhodes (A Prairie Home Companion, Killer Eye, Plague Town) who must make the heartbreaking decision to take her grandmother, Posey (Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland), to a retirement home. Posey suffers from the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, and in a desperate move to avoid the inevitable, she escapes. While her loved ones desperately search for her, Posey finds herself in the middle of a unique situation…one that will change her outlook on her future profoundly…”
I know that the very fact that someone cares enough to make the movie has changed mine. I will support this film with all I’ve got and I hope that others will follow suit. Thank you so much for your time. As I said, this could be one of the most important films to come out this year.