Alzheimer’s: A Love Story

2016 | Aging/Elders / Documentary / Marriage Equality / New Release / Parenting/Family | 17m | USA
Directors: Gabe Schimmel, Monica Petruzzelli

A moving short documentary on the power of love through all obstacles, Alzheimer’s A Love Story beautifully captures one couple’s intimate struggle with a disease that indiscriminately impacts millions of elders. Those diagnosed live an average of eight years after their symptoms first become noticeable. It has been 11 years for Greg, who now lives in a memory care facility in Chicago. And every day, his husband Michael; a practical, kind, earnest, and resilient man who looks like Santa Claus and approaches the disease with the practicality of a retired educator (which he is), visits the love of his life and fights to preserve the memory of their 40 years together. Alzheimer’s A Love Story has screened at over 50 film festivals internationally and won both audience and juried awards, including both the Best Short Film and Best LGBT Film at the Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase.

This DVD includes closed captions.

Reviews and Awards

  1. Student Visionary Award (Geneva Film Festival)
  2. Alternative Spirit Award (Rhode Island FF)
  3. Best of the Fest Award (Laguna Film Festival)
  4. Best Documentary Short (Laguna Film Festival)
  5. Audience Award for Best Documentary Short (Laguna Film Festival)
  6. Best Documentary Short (Chagrin Documentary Film Festival)
  7. Best Documentary (Humboldt Film Festival)
  8. People’s Choice (Humboldt Film Festival)
  9. Honorable Mention (U.S.A. Film Festival)
  10. Audience Favorite (Queer Bit Alt Reel Film Festival)
  11. Jury Award (Queer Bit Alt Reel Film Festival)
  12. Best Short Film (Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase/ Short Films)
  13. Best LGBT (Cannes American Pavilion Emerging Filmmakers Showcase/ Short Film)
  14. Documentary Short — Student Film Best Award (Wild Rose)
  15. Best Documentary Short Runner Up (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
  16. Best Documentary (Downtown NYC Short Film Festival)
  17. Tied for Audience Award for Best Documentary Short (Outfest LGBT Film Festival, LA)
  18. Best Music (Prairie State Film Festival)
  19. Audience Choice Award (Toronto Queer West Film Festival)
  20. Jury Award Best Documentary (Durban, South Africa)
  21. Best Dramatic Short (Burbank International Film Festival, Burbank, CA)
  22. Audience Award for Best Documentary (CMG Film Festival, West Hollywood, CA)
  23. Jury Award for Best Documentary (CMG Film Festival, West Hollywood, CA)