Today's short is the trailer for the documentary The Genius of Marian (2013) by directors and producers Banker White and Anna Fitch. The very personal and deeply touching film shows us the tragedy of Alzheimer's disease, an as-yet incurable disease, the importance of family bonds, and the extraordinary toll disease takes on caregivers. The subject is Pamela White, diagnosed in 2009, age 61, who was writing a book about her mother, the award-winning impressionist landscape, portrait, and marine painter Marian Williams Steele (1912-2001), who herself died of complications from the disease. White's son, filmmaker Banker White, seeks thereafter to help his mother complete her project.
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Post-production of the documentary was successfully crowd-sourced on Kickstarter.
Robert Ribera, "'The Genius of Marian' — A Deeply Moving Look at the Devastation of Alzheimer's Disease" (Film Review), The Arts Fuse, January 21, 2014
Loren King, "Alzheimer's Film Is a Mix of Family and Art", The Boston Globe, January 18, 2014
Banker White on The Genius of Marian, Inspirational Stories from Architects of Change, December 14, 2012
Pamela Cohn, "Banker White", Interview BomBlog, April 15, 2013 (This is an excellent, informative interview with the filmmaker.)