The impact of Alzheimer’s disease. The Genius of Marian Film. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. January 22-30, 2014.
“It’s remarkable film, not only for the obvious affection with which it was made, but as art” (Indiewire).
The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family’s struggle to come to terms with the changes Alzheimer’s disease brings. 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. Pam’s husband grapples with his changing role from primary partner to primary caregiver. Her adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother. As she loses the ability to write, Pam’s eldest son, Banker, begins to record their conversations, allowing her to share memories of childhood and of her own mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele who died of Alzheimer’s in 2001. The Genius of Marian paints a powerful contemporary portrait of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, the power of art and the meaning of family.
The Genius of Marian directed by Banker White (US, 2013, 84 min.). Online screener and hi-res photos available upon request. Discussion with director follows January 22 screening.
Wed, Jan 22, 7:30 pm (RA) $9, $11; Thu, Jan 23, 5:30 pm (RA) $9, $11; Fri, Jan 24, 3:30 pm (RA) $7, $8; Sat, Jan 25, 10:30 am (RA) $7, $8; Sun, Jan 26, 10:30 am (RA) $7, $8; Wed, Jan 29, 7 pm (RA) $9, $11; Thu, Jan 30, 5 pm (RA) $9, $11.
TICKET & VENUE INFORMATION:
Tickets may be purchased at www.mfa.org/film, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 1.800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk. Where two prices are listed, the first is discounted for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.
Screenings are in Remis Auditorium (RA) in the Linde Family Wing or Alfond Auditorium (AA) in the Art of the Americas Wing. Remis Auditorium is convenient to both the Huntington and State Street Corporation Fenway entrances. Alfond is accessed most easily from the Fenway entrance.
The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.
Film at the MFA is sponsored by Bank of America.
Also made possible with endowment support from the Katharine Stone White Film Fund, the Museum Film Program Endowment Fund, the Dean W. Freed Fund, the Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Film Program, the MFA Associates and MFA Senior Associates Fund for Film and Video, and the Margaret L. Hargrove Fund. A gift from an anonymous Friend of Film makes program notes for select events possible. Visits by film and video artists are made possible by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Fund and by The Lowell Institute.