A White Noise Production


An Alzheimer's Story

About the Film

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"This beautiful family story truly captures the experience of the caregiver--the sadness, the fear, the determination, the hope.  It is an important resource for all who are affected by Alzheimer's disease." 
--Maria Shriver, award winning journalist and former First Lady of the State of California. 

Filmmakers Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson have told many people's stories. But it was quite a different experience to tell one of their own. It was anger that finally got them going on Quick Brown Fox: Ann's anger at an illness she's grown to hate, at a government that could thwart potentially promising research without batting an eyelash, at having to stand by and watch her Mom's life crumble into a long descent into Alzheimer's Disease that began around the barely-old age of 60. So Ann started learning everything she could and trying to comprehend the astounding breadth of the coming epidemic, which will claim tens of millions of people worldwide by mid-century. But the more she read and learned, the more she realized that Quick Brown Fox would be more powerful as a small story, a love story, than it would be as a big angry rant. Quick Brown Fox is about Ann's beautiful, brainy mom and what it's been like to watch her lose herself bit by bit. It's about how making a film turned Ann and her mom into research participants. It's about how making a film led her back to her mom's hometown--Butte, Montana--and back to her Finnish roots. It's about how memory defines a person, or doesn't-about where a person's soul is, or isn't. It's about the most old-fashioned kind of love, the kind that starts the moment you're born. 

About the Title

The title and opening sequence of the film comes from the old typist's test line, "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog." As we see those words repeated over and over again on an old teletype machine, we are introduced to the unnerving pattern of Alzheimer's Disease, which often begins with symptoms like repeating the same story or phrase over and over again… and goes on, like a broken teletype, to thoroughly mangle and jumble the brains of its victims.

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