COMING ATCHA' IN 2023
Until there's a cure there's community.
On the road...
...and up to no good!
October 15, 2021
The Gloria has landed.
The Gloria, 7,565 miles older and bug-ridden, but still ready to rumble.
The Gloria, Mr. Bones, and myself arrived home Friday afternoon, October 1st, and the trip was amazing. From the the grandiose cities to our beautiful countryside, from the caregiver friends that I got to meet for the first time to the strangers who gazed, gaped, and grilled us on just "What in the hell...?" we were doing in that dementia mobile, the whole experience was thrilling.
A super-duper shout out to my never-met friends who opened their homes and hearts to us while telling their caregiver stories!
Allyson Schrier, of ZinniaTV fame, graciously agreed to be
our filmmaking guinea pig, hosting us in Seattle at the
beginning of August so we could work out the kinks for the
big trip in September. We still had kinks! But much fewer ones
due to her generously agreeing to go first.
The sister caregiver act of Grace and Ashley shared their stories of dementia devotion as we battled Al Capone-style mosquitos in Chicago that had me swollen and itchy for days!
Matt and Lindsay Perrin told their tales of double-duty dementia caregiving to two parents, while raising their young daughters in Amherst, NH.
Rosanne Corcoran, who hosts
Daughterhood, The Podcast, made sure we
were very well fed before sitting down to
swap dementia yarns of sacrifice and
satisfaction in caring for our respective
mom's. (Then I totally got Mr. Bones and
myself lost on foot in her town for 2 1/2 hours!)
Veronica Shanklin, founder of the non-profit Dementia Care Warriors, and I sweated through a 95 degree evening in Dallas, TX, regaling each other with yarns of the laughter and sorrows we've experience in dementia caregiving.
One thing I discovered on this trip? I'm much more articulate with the written word! But I tried to hold my verbal own with these smart, concise, hilarious, and perceptive caregivers - their words helping me process unexamined thoughts and feelings about my own dementia family caregiver journey.
I was also on cloud nine whenever a Stumped Town Dementia reader and I met up on the road! It was a pleasure spending a pumpkin beer drinking hour with Patty in Massachusetts, an afternoon noshing bbq with Kristi in Alabama, and hosting Tess, who brought a celebration WWD cake to my RV campsite one evening in Berkeley!
And now for the most exciting part of filmmaking - post production! Where, with the help of a new team of collaborators, I will get to craft the film out the footage we've amassed.
September 13, 2021
We've made it to New Hampshire!
The Gloria is punching this road trip in the face!
I had my doubts but The Gloria has actually made it all the way to New Hampshire. This is as far east as we go, now we start heading south and back to the west from here (at least I think so... I still can't keep geometry and geography straight).
Our next formal caregiver interview this evening with Matt and Lindsay Perrin - I met Matt through their Ro & Steve Senior Care Review blog about three years ago and have found a lot of support through this virtual friendship.
A picture is worth a thousand words! Some of our pictorial highlights so far...
Beth, Barnaby, and chickens!
Al Capone-style mosquitos shot us up good in Chicago!
February 5th, 2022
The Post Production Team
I am pleased to announce our dementia caregiver stories attracted the talent of Greg Byers, an Emmy-nominated director, editor, producer, and a member of the Motion Picture Editors Guild. His most recent feature documentary Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres by Suzanne Joe Kai was just nominated for the 2022 Writers Guild Awards!
When I asked how WWD's meager editor salary attracted a professional of his caliber he replied...
"There are a lot of hidden gems in small films... basically I love real stories from folks with true insight and passion... and if the film has impact to create change all the better!"
We also hauled a top-notch post-production producer up from all the way Down Under! (Although he had already relocated to Los Angeles, so not quite as impressive of a feat.) Taki Oldham has made documentaries for like likes of PBS, Sony Classic Pictures and Participant Films. Taki also created and co-directed the acclaimed Netflix Original docuseries The Confession Killer, which me and my swollen jawline devoured while recuperating from oral surgery - it's even creepier on pain meds!
And while I puzzle out story structure, adapt a hero's journey to documentary story telling, and stumble through a maze of additional filmmaking skills I have not hitherto possessed, The Best Beth has remained a steadfast partner, lending her narrative screen writing skills to help define and hone our documentary tale.
The Best Beth thought she was rid of me when I dropped her in L.A. - HA!
And I invite you to join us in this documentary making endeavor! We have three opportunities for you and your dementia person to be a part of Wine, Women, and Dementia and I'm hoping each and every one of you takes me up on the offer! Get the details on participating here.