Turning Point (2017)
BrightFocus Foundation, a leading funder of Alzheimer’s research around the world, presents an exclusive screening and panel discussion of Turning Point.
In the gripping new documentary, acclaimed filmmaker James Keach takes us inside the quest for the first medication that that could treat the underlying process of Alzheimer’s disease, more than a century after Dr. Alois Alzheimer first described the brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and cognitive skills. Along the way, we meet the people behind these grand experiments, the scientists driven as much by personal conviction as professional innovation. And we discover why medical science is never easy, often unpredictable and potentially perilous – and, as America’s preeminent scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson reminds us, always worth the pursuit.
Turning Point follows Keach’s award-winning documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me, an intimate portrait of music superstar Glen Campbell’s final tour after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Keach has become a passionate advocate for Alzheimer’s disease research, and after meeting some of the researchers advancing new treatments through clinical trials, committed his storytelling genius to a second film dealing with Alzheimer’s – only this time, it’s the scientists, not the artist, who take center stage.
Turning Point takes on some of the complex issues facing our American healthcare system, including the ongoing debate over the value of medicines. The film also addresses the public health tsunami that will hit the country as Baby Boomers age, with the disease projected to nearly triple in the next 30 years.
After the film screening, a team of local experts will hold a panel discussion and Q&A.
This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested. Please RSVP by clicking the show time at right.
BrightFocus Foundation is a presentation partner for Turning Point, an award-winning documentary about scientists on the cusp of a breakthrough toward making Alzheimer’s disease a distant memory. Through our Alzheimer’s Disease Research program, BrightFocus supports bold, innovative scientific research worldwide to discover a cure for Alzheimer’s. We hope you’ll join us.