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A worn-down wife desperately clings to the past as her husband’s dementia threatens to destroy their future.

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The Story

It’s 2:19 a.m. and Carmella is awoken by the sound and smell of coffee being made. She struggles to her feet and arms herself with her housecoat, knowing she’s walking into another of her husband’s midnight wanderings. She’s exhausted, not just by the hour but by the toll of the years of his declining mind as his Alzheimer’s takes hold. Greeting him in the kitchen with the best of intentions to avoid another early morning fight, Carmella’s emotions get the better of her. Carmella’s husband remains a black box, as he is by turns coy, confused and aggressive. But Carmella’s frustration, solitude and heartache pull her further away from the safety of shore into ever darker waters, until she’s unable to hold back the torrent inside her.

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The Team

Eddy Piasentin

Born in Trail, BC, Eddy is a Canadian filmmaker with a background in writing, directing, editing and audio production. Eddy has more than a decade of experience in corporate video production, and his work has garnered both national and international awards. Eddy also has experience in radio, and produced a 13-minute documentary for CBC. Eddy completed his first short film, The Queen and I, in 2009. This short, which was dedicated to the Queen Alexandra Foundation for their support of his daughter who was born an amputee, screened and won an award at the Victoria Film Festival. Eddy was inspired to write the script for Forgetting Me as a result of his personal experience with Alzheimer’s disease.

Kelly Conlin

Born in Vancouver, BC, Kelly is a Canadian filmmaker with a background in cinematography, directing, editing and producing. She is the owner of the production company Nice Lady Productions. Kelly completed her first short film Synchronous in 2002, followed by Reflections of Victoria, which screened at the Victoria International Film Festival in 2008. In 2015 she produced and was the colourist for the short narrative film No Breath Play, which screened internationally at nine film festivals, ultimately winning Audience Favourite at the Victoria Film Festival. Her third experimental film The Streets was selected by six film festivals, nominated by three, and won Best Experimental Film at the Moonrise Film Festival in 2017. Her latest documentary Naturally Ours, is currently on the film festival circuit and will be premiering in 2018 at Vancouver Web Fest where it has been nominated in four categories including Best Cinematography.

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