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‘CARE’ Sheds Light On How Elder Care Falls Short

'CARE' Sheds Light On How Elder Care Falls Short

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Tweetable logline: “CARE” – the first feature documentary to take a penetrating look at home elder care through the eyes of workers, elders & the families of both.

Elevator Pitch: We’re all living longer. With the Boomers aging, our elder population is skyrocketing. Most people want to age at home, but many have the false notion that Medicare will help if they need long-term care. It doesn’t. Families are going broke paying for care. On the other hand, most home care workers make poverty wages. Training is often inadequate. So turnover is high which results in poor care. We need a new vision of care or we are headed for a care crisis; a massive gap in the workers needed. Unbelievably nobody’s talking about it. That’s why we’re making “CARE.”

Production Team: 
Director – Deirdre Fishel, “Still Doing It” premiered at SXSW, “Risk” (fiction) premiered in competition at Sundance
Producer – Tony Heriza, “Concrete Steel and Paint” (New Day Films), “Passionate Voices” (Cinema Guild)
Cinematographer – David Alvarado, “The Immortalists” premiered at SXSW
Editor – Annukka Lilja, “The Immortalists,” “Gasland II”
Consulting Editor – Jim Klein, “Union Maids,” “Seeing Red” (both nominated for Academy Award)
Executive Producers – Joe and Jane Goldblum

About the film: We’re making “CARE” because of our parents. My mother, 87, is adamant about wanting to age at home. But when I started investigating home care, I was shocked by what I found–a cobbled-together system that is failing workers and families like mine. Shooting solo, using an intimate cinema verité approach, I’ve been able to show the complexity and beauty of hands-on care, as well as document the compelling stories of care workers, frail elders and the families of both. Now we want to get these stories into the public and get people talking about the future of elder care.

Current Status: In post-production, fundraising to do final editing & post.

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