My grandfather was always my hero growing up. The amazingly true stories he told captivated me. His 81 years of life is like none I have ever heard of before. During his life thus far, he served during a war, had five children, 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, was mayor of my town and continues to be an inspiration to us all. I've never seen a man love his family and live with as much joy as my grandfather. He always makes it clear of just how proud he is of me. He started having memory problems a while ago. It began with little things, repeating a question or asking where the refrigerator was. In 2014, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease which is virtually incurable. "Bip," as my family and I refer to him as, is still the same guy we grew up admiring. Even now with Alzheimer's, while he slowly forgets his memories, he is positive and uplifting; a smile rarely leaving his face. I wanted this film to showcase this while also revealing the grief Alzheimer's afflicts on the family members who have to cope with slowly losing their loved one. This disease has had an enormous effect on my family, more than we'd like to admit. It's hard watching a family member you admire slowly forget who you are and who they are. Everyone copes with this a different way whether they continue to visit this person or find it too painful. Using Bip's stories, almost literally, I wanted to encapsulate them so that they won't be forgotten even after he no longer remembers.
This film will reflect the emotional impact that Dementia and Alzheimer’s have on the individual as well as their family. Similar to Justine, whose grandfather has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, my grandmother passed away from Dementia, which is where both of our motivations originated to create this significant film. Its storyline brings in viewers who empathize with Jane, Abe, and Josh. These two types of diseases affect everyone who is involved with the individual who has it, however throughout the film Justine and I emphasize the different ways in which people emotionally deal. Jane, Abe’s granddaughter, and the lead actress will be the inspiration of acceptance for the viewers. Her emotional rollercoaster and hunger for memories of her grandfather, Abe, allow the viewers the relate to her struggle. Abe, the lead actor, is battling Alzheimer’s; while his mind continues to fade, those around him can help him fight back with happy memories of his past. Both roles are serious about showing the relationship and emotional struggle between both lead characters. Justine and I have assembled a crew made up of URI Film/Media students who understand how to film quality low – budget productions. This film will bring in viewers wherever since both diseases affect millions of people across the globe and the latest news that universities – such as URI – and countries have begun to research methods to prevent both diseases.