The Genius of Marian (2013)

  • Producer/Co-Director: Anna Fitch
  • Co-Producer: Shaleece Haas
  • Editor: Don Bernier
  • Director: Banker White
Film Length:
86 mins
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The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease as her son, the filmmaker, documents her struggles to retain her sense of self. After she is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimers, life begins to change for Pam and everyone around her. Pams husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver. Her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother. And Pam deals with the fear that she will be institutionalized for her disease, as her own mother was before she died of Alzheimers in 2001. The Genius of Marian not only chronicles the progress of Pams disease, it also serves as a meditation on what we inherit from the generations before us and the role of memory in creating legacy.

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Issue: Aging, Education, Health


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  • Camden International Film Festival - Harrell Award for Best Documentary Feature
  • Family Caregiver's Alliance - Rosalinde Gilbert Award for Cultural Innovation
  • Heartland Film Festival - Best Documentary Feature
  • Washington West Film Festival - Jury Award Best Feature Documentary
  • Woods Hole Film Festival - Audience Award - Documentary Feature

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Event Name Date City State   Location Status
Aging in Maine Tour Jun 12, 2014 Bar Harbor ME United States Harborside Marina Complete
Aging in Maine Tour Apr 27, 2014 Ellsworth ME United States The Grand Complete
Aging in Maine Tour Apr 06, 2014 Brunswick ME United States Frontier Cafe Complete
John Paul II International Film Festival Apr 05, 2014 Coconut Grove FL United States Paragon Grove 13 Complete
Aging in Maine Tour Apr 02, 2014 Portland ME United States Portland Museum of Art Complete
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival Mar 29, 2014 Sebastopol CA United States Main Stage West Theater Complete
Aging in Maine Tour Mar 23, 2014 Damariscotta ME United States Lincoln Theater Complete
Aging in Maine Tour Mar 22, 2014 Belfast ME United States Colonial Theatre Complete
10th Annual Alzheimer's Disease Education Conference 2014 Mar 06, 2014 Melville NY United States Melville Marriott Long Island Complete
"The Genius of Marian" presented by Monaliza Morete Feb 10, 2014 Santa Monica CA United States Laemmle's Monica 4 Complete
The Genius of Marian - Woods Hole Film Festival Jul 29, 2013 Woods Hole MA United States Old Woods Hold Fire Station Complete

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