‘Genius of Marian’ a poignant look at Alzheimer’s


Ed and Pam White (photo by Banker White).

The decline of a parent can be devastating — so why would a filmmaker turn a camera on his mother as she falls prey to Alzheimer’s disease? “It’s a project to tell your mom that you love her,” director Banker White says to his mother during the course of “The Genius of Marian.”

Lovingly, White and his co-director and wife, Anna Fitch, trace the evolution of Pam’s affliction (the same one that took hold of her own mother, Marian, who was institutionalized because of the disease).

Marian was a home-schooled painter who captured her family in oils, and we see images of Pam as a playful child and as a beautiful young woman on the beach. The stunning artwork adds a joyful aspect to a sad story of disease as legacy, in a Kennedy-like family.

A comfortable home in the Boston suburbs, a caring family and a sacrificing husband barely lessen the tragedy of confusion, memory loss and increasing debilitation after Pam’s diagnosis at age 61. She kept her disease a secret as long as she could, but soon was calling macadamia nuts “acamanias.”

Longtime friends suggest that since lovely, popular Pam was the best at everything she did, she had farther to fall from the Alzheimer’s. Taking a leave from work to care for her full-time, husband Ed (obviously still in love) is the hero of the film.

A poignant contrast is made with two sequences. When Pam was a pretty, young model she appeared in a commercial for Arrid deodorant. More recently, unable to apply deodorant on herself, Ed swipes some under her arms before performing his daily ritual of dressing her.

The film may have the look and feel of home movies, but archival and new footage and shots of Marian’s paintings are edited masterfully together to tell the story of a vibrant life and a much-loved woman.


Directed by Banker White & Anna Fitch


84 minutes

Screening at the Tribeca Film Festival

4/21 at 7:30pm, 4/23 at 6:45pm and 4/26 at 3pm

At Clearview Cinemas Chelsea (260 W. 23rd St., btw. 7th & 8th Aves.)

For tickets & info, call 646-502-5296 or visit tribecafilm.com/filmguide


Spread the word:

6 Responses to ‘Genius of Marian’ a poignant look at Alzheimer’s

  1. adding together trimmings instrument right of entry to admittance to lost abolish an added bonus beats by dre.Unicom executives alleged Unicom version Custom iPhone 4 Container end of positively the introduction of time-to-market or will live past than China Telecom Custom iPhone 5 Cases, Casque Dr Dre Beats Professional casque audio pas cher does not use noise removal casque beats by dr dre or circuit amplifies or dr dre beats add substitute frequency sound,Casque Audio.Beats thus you hear the bass,casque dr dre pas cher not markdown. iPhone 5 Cases There is a huge Jailbreak Iphone 5 require of engaging and iPhone 4 Cases easy to utilize iphone apps and hence Finest iPhone 4 Cases there’s a huge competition intended for iPhone 4s Cases the iphone app developers Best iPhone 5 Cases to grab awareness of Custom iPhone 5 Cases the iphone users and apps Best iPhone 4s Case customers.The comfort f thse beats Detox Headphones i unusual. They robust absolute absolutely.The cushions on th ear pads ar ver spongy n provide utmost comfort. You would possibly live surprised except over fifty percent of all of the refunds demanded wrecked out of bed living being not owed to credit certificate fraud otherwise faulty merchandise. Most of those refunds are demanded by unprincipled consumers who bought your products or e-publications with all the complete purpose intended for making copies of these and refund their authentic purchases. While it is faraway added hard to settle refund issues on on-line substance like e-guides and added downloadables, beneath is really a guidebook on current refunds and minimizing them:.The monster beats headphones are vast intended for iPods, iPhones, and portable audio gamers. They distribute the complete echo that you supposed to live hearing. Being powered receiver you too get improved quantity. Substantial quality hands-totally gratis vocation Feel the music, definitely not the headphones Quick-access songs playback handleSolos are compact and too lightweight in totaling to complete intended for your energetic lifestyle, fitness center determine, otherwise regular take a trip. The tri-flip design will consent to Solos to suit hooked on your integrated stream-lined carrying circumstance. With Bests Solos finding a vast tunes experience hasn’t been easier.She can live a female coach, possibly added type than we guessed. The music coach who we describe her Mrs. Wang will live the teacher beats by dr dre studio ferrari red with equilateral receiver I be acquainted with easiest. These days, I approximating to learn a little uttered English. And it’s slightly noteworthy intended for me in organize to listen to some dissimilar kinds of the foreign oral English. So utilize innovative monster beats by dr dre headphones to get to the level of the vocal English I wish for.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

+ 7 = fifteen