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Quick Brown Fox: An Alzheimer's Story
2004, 57 minutes, Color, DVD
Order No. W05851
Who are you if you can’t remember who you are? Ann Hedreen’s mother started showing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease at the barely-old age of 60. Though it started with small signs—forgetting what she was doing and losing her way home—the irreversible disease would change her and her family's lives forever. Emmy-nominated QUICK BROWN FOX combines their moving personal journey with an insightful look at the science and politics of Alzheimer’s—a disease that now affects more than 18 million people worldwide.

Devastated and angry about her mother's decline, Hedreen began an uncompomising pursuit of information about possible causes and cures, volunteering as a long-term test subject at an Alzheimer's research center in Washington and interviewing prominent doctors and researchers to gain insight into the politics of funding and stem-cell research. Interweaving these experiences with Super 8 home movies, 1950s medical films and heartbreaking interviews with her family, Hedreen’s film bravely confronts the disease that has mangled the mind of her once brainy mom, and raises profound questions about the importance of memories in defining ourselves.

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Nell Shipman Award for Best Doc, WIF, Seattle
Broadcast on PBS & Nominated for a Regional Emmy

  • Northwest Film Forum
  • Broadcast on YLE-TV, Finland
  • UNIFEM Through Women's Eyes Film Festival

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    "Three and a half Stars. Recommended."
    Video Librarian

    “Highly Recommended. Almost any video collection would benefit from the addition of this film. Anyone with a family member or friend suffering from this disease will find this informative, and those wanting to know more about Alzheimers will not be disappointed. This is an informative, thought provoking video which will linger long in any viewer’s mind.”
    Educational Media Reviews Online

    "An important film for our parents, for ourselves and for all those who stand in the path of this terrible disease."
    Ron Reagan

    “Elegiac, heartbreaking, and unrelentingly honest… the history of a life and a family and not a disease.”
    Joseph Boles
    Northern Arizona University

    “Imaginatively and beautifully filmed… alternately sad, frightening, humorous and hopeful… shows the value of loving family ties in confronting the thief of memory.”
    Greg Olson
    Seattle Art Museum Film Curator

    “Intelligently and articulately put together, with irony and laughter and love."
    Liz Taylor

    "QUICK BROWN FOX interrogates memory, loss, identity, and love...[the filmmakers] have with great sensitivity created a film that allows us to perceive and challenge the contemporary cultural fantasy of a stable identity located in an isolated self."
    Nancy Viva Davis Halifax
    Disability Studies Quarterly

    “Poignant, occasionally humorous…attention-grabbing visuals celebrate the life of Arlene, a once-vibrant writer and English teacher.”

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“An important resource for all who are affected by Alzheimer's disease."
Maria Shriver
Award winning journalist and First Lady of the State of California
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