Now available on Amazon Instant Download and other digital sites.
Ann's memoir inspired by her Mom's story, Her Beautiful Brain is now available from the bookseller of your choice. Information about upcoming readings, screenings and talks available here.
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month.
My mom would have loved the irony
of it: an awareness month for the ultimate attack on
awareness. She was a high school English teacher and a crossword addict
and always relished a good play on words. Later on came a time when she
was a self-appointed ambassador for Alzheimer's Awareness. "You'll have to
be patient," she would say to a waiter or clerk, while she fumbled with
her credit card. "I have Alzheimer's Disease." I was proud of
her. She was youthful, stylish, in her sixties and could have faked
it. Instead, she managed to gracefully increase the Alzheimer's awareness
of that waiter or that clerk, leaving them to ponder their new knowledge
about a disease they may have thought struck only the very old and feeble.
Read more of Ann's essay on SeattlePI.com.
HealthTalk.com's recent tribute to Ann Hedreen's mom, whose story is told
in Quick Brown Fox.
to the archived
January 6, 2007 edition of the wsRadio.com program,
Coping with Caregiving, in which host Jacqueline Marcell interviewed Ann Hedreen
about Quick Brown Fox. It's the 4th segment.
Women in Film Seattle
has honored Quick Brown Fox with a 2006 Nell Shipman Production
Excellence Award for Best Documentary. And Librarians take note! Quick
Brown Fox is currently available for only $19.00 to public
libraries, thanks to a generous underwriter. Click here
for ordering information.
"An informative, thought-provoking
film which will linger long in any viewer's mind. Highly recommended." --Educational
Media Reviews Online.
Quick Brown Fox has aired on many PBS stations and internationally. It continues to be shown frequently on television and also in conferences, on campuses, in Alzheimer's support groups and elder care venues. Women Make Movies took Quick Brown Fox to MIPDOC in Cannes in April 2005. Festival screenings include the 2006 Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida, the 2005 Northwest Film & Video Festival in Portland, Oregon and the 2004 Local Sightings festival at Northwest Film Forum. Its North American TV premiere was on KCTS (Seattle's PBS station) in fall 2004.
This is an important film - for our parents,
for ourselves and for all those who stand in the path of this terrible disease."
-- Ron Reagan
Nominated for an Emmy for best
documentary, Quick Brown Fox made its European
broadcast debut on YLE Public Television in Finland on January
11, 2006 and made its North American premiere on
(Seattle's PBS station) in late 2004.
"Kudos to Seattle-based
filmmakers Ann Hedreen and Rustin Thompson for making a
universally relevant film that arose from a highly personal and
painful experience," wrote Video Librarian in its 2005
review. "Combining family history, personal memoir, and a
doggedly determined quest to explore and explain every aspect of
Alzheimer's, Quick Brown Fox is both a heartrending
mother-daughter story and a valuable and informative primer for
families with members suffering from this devastating illness
that attacks the brain. Recommended."
In his Seattle Times preview of the series,
critic Jeff Shannon called Quick Brown Fox
"intimate and emotionally intense... a
soul-searching quest to understand Alzheimer's
Disease." Columnist Liz Taylor wrote, "Quick Brown
Fox isn't tragic. It's intelligently,
articulately put together, with irony and
laughter and love."
Brown Fox is being distributed by Women Make Movies, North America's leading
distributor of films by and about women. Based in
New York, Women Make Movies is a nonprofit
organization with a 32-year track record of
helping its films find the widest possible
audience, through television, distribution, film
festivals and other theatrical screenings and
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