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Alzheimer's Documentary Screening|"You're Looking at Me LIke I Live Here and I Don't"

"You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't"
Documentary Screening, Discussion, and Dessert Reception
March 10, 2014
6:30PM
UW Union Family Room

 

Join filmmaker Scott Kirschenbaum for the first screening in Wyoming of this landmark documentary. Following the screening, Mr. Kirschenbaum will join a panel of Wyoming healthcare professionals on a discussion panel.  Dessert reception with the panel will follow.

 

March 10, 2014

6:30PM Screening of "You're Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don't"
7:30PM Panel Discussion with Scott Kirschenbaum, Cindy Works, MD, Karol Hodges, RN-BSN, and Carolyn Passeneaux, Wyoming Healthcare Association
8:15PM Dessert Reception

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FILM SYNOPSIS

In Danville, California, Lee Gorewitz wanders day after day on a soul-searching odyssey through her Alzheimer’s care unit. Confined by the limits of her physical boundaries, she scavenges for reminders
of her old identity in the outside world. Lee scours photographs of family members for clues. Yet her search is for more than a word, or a memory, or a familiar face. It is a quest for understanding.
A total immersion into the fragmented experience of mental illness, YOU’RE LOOKING AT ME LIKE I LIVE HERE AND I DON’T is the first documentary filmed exclusively in an Alzheimer’s care unit, told from the perspective of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Although the cognitive deterioration due to Alzheimer’s is devastating, Lee Gorewitz embodies the resilience of the human spirit. Here is the Alzheimer’s odyssey of a woman who will not let us forget her — even as she struggles to remember herself.

What People Are Saying

“You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t provides a poignant portrait of a woman struggling to
express herself in a constricted world that eludes her understanding. We know that Alzheimer’s disease
is common. This film teaches us that the dementia experience is unique, lonely, and intensely personal.”
-Dr. Victor Henderson, Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

“You’re Looking At Me Like I Live Here And I Don’t allows us to peer inside the life of Lee Gorewitz, a
woman with Alzheimer’s and a whole lot of personality. At times funny, sad, confused and even callous,
Lee helps us see what she sees - through the eyes of a person with Alzheimer’s living in an assisted
living facility. This wonderful film can help everyone learn about the Alzheimer’s experience.”
-Elizabeth S. Edgerly, PhD. Chief Program OFficer, Alzheimer’s Association Northern California
& Northern Nevada

About the Filmmaker

A participant in the 2010-2011 SF Film Society FilmHouse Residency, Scott Kirschenbaum’s other projects include
A Soapbox In Haiti, a speaker series that premiered on four Haitian television stations on the one-year anniversary
of the earthquake, and Elementary Cool, a short fiction film that screened at Playworks’ “Play On” Conference in
Fall 2010 and participated in the San Francisco Film Society’s “Filmmakers in the Classroom” program in 2011.
Kirschenbaum previously completed the documentary Jumor: A Journey through Jewish Humor, about the role of
humor in Jewish nursing homes around the country. He has written profiles of the elderly for the Yale Journal of
Humanities in Medicine, performed stand-up comedy for nursing home residents, and served as a personal
assistant to a screenwriter suffering from Alzheimer’s disease

Learn more about the film at www.yourelookingatme.com

Lee Gorewitz by the front of the Traditions Unit



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