“Evergreen”



A woman reflects on her feelings towards her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, finding solace in her roots.




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Director’s Statement:



I felt that this was a very fitting tribute to my grandpa, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2007. The board-and-care facility at which he resided happened to be called “Evergreen,” which was a rather serendipitous coincidence. My family has been dealing with an onslaught of intense emotions over the past decade, and I am incredibly proud of the immense vulnerability and honesty in my mom's performance. I penned an original essay about my experience, entitled “Love is Watching Someone Die,” that won Hilarity for Charity’s national Humans of Dementia competition in 2022.




Created as part of the Lateral Thinking for Filmmaking Production Course at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Written, directed, photographed, and edited by Arianna Garcia.