Has World Premiere at 2nd Annual Filmocracy Fest December 11th
Los Angeles, CA December 9, 2021—After three years in production, prolific producer Steve Ecclesine’s directorial debut, HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT GREG? A Journey Through Alzheimer’s with Faith, Hope and Humor, will have its World Premiere at the Second Annual Filmocracy Fest (December 9th -12th) in Los Angeles, CA. This documentary, profiling career journalist Greg O’Brien’s battle with early onset Alzheimer’s, will screen in-person at the Lumiere Beverly Hills Music Hall Saturday, December 11th at 5:45PM PST, followed by a live Q&A with the director and Greg O’Brien and is available digitally for festivalgoers from Thursday, December 9th at 12:00AM PST through Sunday, December 12th at midnight PST. The film previewed this fall at select fundraising events, notably UsAgainstAlzheimer’s 8th Annual Trish Vradenburg Gala, in Washington DC, and the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod (AFSC) first Virtual Alzheimer’s Day of Culture in Provincetown, MA, near Greg O’Brien’s home. Buy single tickets HERE; in person for $12.50 and $7.00 to access digital screener during the Festival. NOTE in-person screening tickets are discounted 20%
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HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT GREG?, inspired by O’Brien’s best-selling and award-winning book, On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, puts a human face on the most terrifying disease of Alzheimer’s and plans a theatrical and digital debut in February 2022. O’Brien, a former investigative reporter, best-selling author, and public speaker takes us into his world where despite a bicycling accident which precipitated early-onset Alzheimer’s at age 59, battling prostate cancer, macular degeneration claiming 40% of his eyesight, even after undergoing a 10-hour major spinal surgery this spring, O’Brien still writes articles for Psychology Today and co-hosts the NPR podcast, Forgetting. The scourge of Alzheimer’s has taken out O’Brien’s family members—his father, mother, grandfather, and uncles—and is now coming for him. Cherishing and rationing his “QTR”—Quality Time Remaining—O’Brien faces his battle against this invisible enemy, armed with his faith, hope, and humor. The film captures a frank, yet funny, heartfelt story of a disease that afflicts 50 million people worldwide and affects hundreds of millions of caretakers. After billions have been spent on research, it remains poorly understood
. Beyond capturing Greg’s redemptive journey, the film hopes to make brain health a priority in daily life and to inspire both patients and caregivers to pay attention to for early detection and preparation for Alzheimer’s and other brain afflictions.
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT GREG? was integrated into the Trish Vradenburg Gala’s programming, with the film’s trailer opening the evening. The gala honored former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher and US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and featured Billy Crystal, author Lisa Genova, Leeza Gibbons, and author Josh Henkin. The Virtual Alzheimer’s Day of Culture was an all-day charity event featuring a Q&A with Cape Cod resident Lisa Genova; a performance from the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Matt Scinto; and a special donors’ screening of HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT GREG?
“We’re pleased to be making our debut on the festival stage at Filmocracy,” says filmmaker Ecclesine. “Our film speaks through the voice of one courageous family and is great edutainment that entertains while educating our audience how best to address the stigma of Alzheimer’s. Filmocracy’s hybrid platform and focus on impact documentaries speaks well to our mission and we look forward to our premiere.” Ecclesine concludes, “We wish to thank our sponsors; Eli Lilly, Biogen and Eisai for their generous support.”
About UsAgainstAlzheimer’s (USA2) Trish Vradenburg Gala
USA2 was founded in 2010 to disrupt and diversify the movement to cure Alzheimer’s. Through urgent and inclusive mobilization, USA2 has worked to dramatically increase funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.
Created by caregivers, the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod (AFSC) is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides free psychosocial services such as consultations, referrals, care planning, education, support groups, and cultural programming for the Alzheimer’s/dementia community.
Filmocracy is a film and festival streaming platform with a library of more than 3,500 constantly rotating titles. Users earn virtual popcorn for discovering, watching, and rating movies, which can be redeemed in their shop for movie tickets, gift cards, or virtual film festivals around the world. Filmocracy’s mission is to help independent filmmakers and storytellers grow their communities by reaching wider audiences through a powerful combination of technologies, enhancing the virtual cinema and conference experience for industry professionals and audiences globally.
The First Annual Filmocracy Fest was in December 2020, an all-digital juried film festival with a slate of 44 films; panels; mentorship programs; live performances; script readings; cause-related partners; and dozens of virtual conversations with industry talent. Jon Fitzgerald served as Executive Director and Festival Co-Founder Paul Jun serves as CEO of Filmocracy.
Smart Show Entertainment Presents: HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT GREG?
Genre: Documentary; Running Time: 87 minutes; Rating: N/A
Executive Producer: Brad Ball
Co-Producers: Greg O’Brien, Tim Lowry, Andrew Towe
Editor: Tim Lowry
Director of Photography: Andrew Towe
Associate Producers: Thomas Milkey
Writer/Narrator: Greg O’Brien
Director/Producer: Steve Ecclesine p.g.a.