Please join us this Sunday, April 1, at 10 PM PT/1 PM ET for a very special brunchtime online screening of the film You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t. This remarkable film looks at Alzheimer’s disease through the eyes of a patient — the funny, feisty, groovy, and poetic Lee Gorewitz — living in a memory care facility in California.
Simply log in Sunday at this link from any computer with an internet connection and join us to watch the whole film and discuss it with other audience members, Independent Lens staff, and a remarkable panel of experts there to answer your questions.
Scott Kirschenbaum is the director of You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t. A participant in the 2010-2011 SF Film Society FilmHouse Residency, 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 Filmhouse Residency 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.
David Shenk is the author of six books, including The Genius in All of Us, Data Smog, and The Immortal Game, and a contributor to National Geographic, Slate, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Gourmet, Harper’s, NPR, and PBS. His book The Forgetting was welcomed by John Bayley as “the definitive work on Alzheimer’s.” The Los Angeles Times called it “a remarkable addition to the literature of the science of the mind.” The book spawned PBS’s Emmy-winning documentary The Forgetting, and was featured in Sarah Polley’s film Away From Her. Shenk has advised the President’s Council on Bioethics, directed five short films about Alzheimer’s, and is a senior advisor to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.
David B. Oliver, PhD is the Deputy Director of the University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center on Aging; his academic appointment is in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. David is past-President of the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and has studied and worked with the frail elderly for his entire career. He is co-author of The Human Factor in Nursing Home Care, has led many men’s Alzheimer’s disease support groups, and is a popular national speaker on aging-related issues.
Dr. Steven Zweig is the Paul Revare, MD Family Professor and Chairman of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Certified in family medicine, geriatrics, and palliative medicine, he is an active family physician with more than 20 years of experience working in nursing homes and 10 years as a hospice medical director. Dr. Zweig has led geriatric medicine at MU since 1997 and has been the principal investigator on two grants to enhance training in geriatric medicine funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.
Craig Wingate is the Community Outreach Specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter.
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