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A Quintet of Women’s Stories Inside a Mind with Alzheimer’s in ‘Stuck’

A Quintet of Women's Stories Inside a Mind with Alzheimer's in 'Stuck'

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Logline: One mind, many lives – five women collide in a swirl of memory, addiction, friendship and hope.

Elevator Pitch: 
A ballerina with a baby and a coke habit. A regret-filled sister caught between her head and her heart. A near-famous country singer hiding out in her hometown. A Vegas showgirl counting down the minutes on her biological clock. And at the center – one woman struggling to remember them all through the veil of her fading memories. 

“Stuck” explores what it would be like to be in the mind of a woman who has Alzheimer’s by using semi-linear storytelling, 5 different film and video formats, and blending time periods through production design.

Production Team:
Jenni Tooley, Actor & Filmmaker (“Boyhood,” “Bottle Rocket,” “Arlington Road”)
Jenny Maguire, Consulting Producer (“21 Below”)
Laurel Hoitsma, Consulting Producer
Robert Winn, Production Designer (“Pirates of the Caribbean,” “American Crime,” “What Dreams May Come”)
Russell Blair, Director of Photography (“The Playroom”)
Stephen Goodson, Music Supervisor and Score (Nelo)
Jeffrey Schmidt, Actor

About the Film:
I watched my grand-ladies struggle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. I wanted to know what was going on in their minds. How do we process our life as it comes to a close? What happens when our dreams, regrets, and choices get stuck in our heads? I am also motivated by the fact that every person that I talk with about this film shares their own story with me—whether it is about living with a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or addiction, their own addictions, or their life in recovery.

Current Status: Fundraising for development and pre-production: creation of custom props, script rewrites, camera tests, business expenses, and a teaser. Next stop: shooting Frannie and Mimi’s storylines.

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