ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: Angel’s Perch

Director Charles Haine
Year 2013
Starring Joyce Van Patten, Ally Walker, Ashley Jones, Ellen Crawford
Run Time 96min
More Info IMDb

The Alamo Drafthouse is proud to present a one-night-only presentation of Angel’s Perch, an independent feature film produced by University of Texas at Austin alums J.T. Arbogast and Kimberly Dilts, in partnership with the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The filmmakers will be on hand for a live Q&A session.


While the event is free you can reserve your seat by purchasing a $5 food and beverage ticket online.

Angel's Perch examines the delicate relationship between past and present, memory and loss as depicted by a family struggling with Alzheimer’s disease.  The film is the story of Jack, a successful young architect living in Pittsburgh, who must make the trip to his tiny hometown of Cass, WV to move his grandmother into an assisted‐care facility after she is found wandering outside her home. But what was intended to be a two day, under‐the‐radar trip becomes more complicated when Jack is unable to move her into an assisted living facility nearby.  Torn between the career opportunity of a lifetime, caring for his last living relative and running from his own painful memories, Jack is forced to choose between standing still or facing the pain of his past, so that he can finally move forward.

The film stars Joyce Van Patten (The Danny Kaye Show, The Bad News Bears, The Good Guys,Grown Ups), J.T. Arbogast (30 Rock, When in Rome), Ally Walker (Sons of Anarchy, The Profiler,The Protector), Ashley Jones (True Blood, The Bold and the Beautiful), Ellen Crawford (ER, The Man from Earth), and a supporting cast of talented local West Virginia actors.

Following the screening, audience members are invited to stick around for a Q&A session with the filmmakers. 

“People always ask us what it’s like to be on a film set or what goes in to making it all happen,” says Dilts.  “We want to pull back the curtain on the filmmaking process and make the audience feel as if they’ve come along with us on the journey.” 

The inspiration for Angel’s Perch came from the Arbogast’s own roots in West Virginia and his family’s experiences with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Everyone has an emotional home ‐ the place that defines your happiest memories. For me, that place is a small town in the mountains of West Virginia,” says Arbogast. “In 2004, my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and over the next few years I watched as she slowly lost her memories.  It’s a story that is not dissimilar from the millions of people who have watched this disease slowly take away a loved one and felt powerless to stop it. We struggle to find an answer to the question, ‘What can I do?’  For us, the answer came in the form of making a film.”
 

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