LOS ANGELES, Calif. January 25, 2021
This multi award-winning short film takes an intense, provocative look at the disease’s effect on a family – with a woman’s Alzheimer’s at the center of her son’s agitation and her husband’s denial. Her condition worsens, increasing the tension until tragedy and the exposure of a family secret ensue.
In the spirit of Oscar@ winner Still Alice, this touching story dispels myths about Alzheimer’s, while evoking compassion for those affected by the disease. Mother’s Day Memories is based on Writer-Producer-Actor Bill Hoversten’s own mother’s story. Cannes-nominated Matthew Michael Ross directs 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).
The support organization Alzheimer’s LA praises the film, stating it “makes the case for understanding and empathy toward those struggling with Alzheimer’s.”
With the disease impacting a growing numbers of individuals – as well as their loved ones and caregivers – Mother’s Day Memories could not be more timely.
“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.
JODY JARESS (MOTHER) – FRAGILE STORM, 2 BEDROOM 1 BATH
KAT KRAMER (MICHELLE) – TURNOVER, LITTLE FOCKERS
CONRAD BACHMANN (FATHER) – OUTBREAK, TREMORS
BILL HOVERSTEN (JOHN) – TOSH.0, LEE’D THE WAY
MATTHEW MICHAEL ROSS (DIRECTOR) – FOOD FOR THOUGHT, S.K.C.
FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTIONS
LA SHORTS, CHELSEA, LOUISVILLE, IDYLLWILD, HOLLYWOOD REEL INDEPENDENT, CALIFORNIA WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL
LIST OF AWARDS
IDYLLWILD INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF CINEMA – Indie Spirt Award
BEST SHORTS COMPETITION – Award of Excellence, Best Short
BEST SHORTS COMPETITION – Award of Excellence, Disability Issues
IndieFEST Film Awards – Award of Merit, Disability Issues
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