Movie Day at the Montevideo Millennium Theater to showcase films about memory loss

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. — A special free movie day at the Millennium Theater in Montevideo will feature two films about memory loss on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. The first film to screen is “Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”, a 2014 film, at to be followed by “Birkey’s Brain,” a new story from Pioneer PBS featuring Dr. Tom Birkey and his wife Doris’ journey with Alzheimer’s disease. The screenings will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Gretchen Reeves by calling (320) 226-1313.

“Alive Inside” explores diseases that impair neurological function, such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and tells the stories of patients and their experiences with music therapy. The film won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Birkey’s Brain” was produced at the suggestion of Dr. Birkey after attending an event sponsored by the Montevideo Area Memory Loss Network (MAMLN). Birkey is a longtime family physician who has served Montevideo for over 50 years.

“Dr. Birkey wanted to eliminate the social stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Amanda Anderson, Producer of Pioneer PBS Compass. as we discussed what was happening as they were going through the early stages of the disease,” she added.

“Birkey’s Brain” also features interviews with Gretchen Reeves, supervising speech pathologist at CCM Health in Montevideo, who talks about the networks and services available to help families in need of memory care.

Dr. Birkey and Doris will be on hand at the event to answer questions during the post-movie discussions. The event is sponsored by MAMLN, The Millennium Theater and Pioneer PBS.

About Pioneer PBS

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