PBS Premiere: September 8, 2014
Online: Sept. 9, 2014 – Oct. 8, 2014
The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family's struggle to come to terms with Alzheimer's disease. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer's, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Her husband grapples with his role as it evolves from primary partner to primary caregiver. Pam's adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the gradual loss of their mother. Her eldest son, Banker, records their conversations, allowing Pam to share memories of childhood and of her mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele, who had Alzheimer's herself and died in 2001. Official Selection of the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.
The Genius of Marian (90 min.)
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September 8, 2014
An affecting, lyrical documentary... More than just a personal memoir, the film aspires to poetry... [and] affirms the persistence of memory and identity.
— Peter Keough, The Boston Globe
Viewers will see dementia take its inexorable toll on a vibrant woman, an actress turned social worker, and on her husband, children and friends... 'It's about telling your mom that you love her,' Mr. White says, off camera... Yes, exactly.
— Paula Span, The New York Times
[The Genius of Marian] speaks to the deep human bonds that give people the strength to care for their loved ones.
— Frederick Kunkle, The Washington Post