Crowd Funding Campaign Aims to Make Movie With a Heartfelt and Personal Message

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Funds raised will aid in production of My Million Dollar Mom – a film about a man’s personal journey caring for his mother with Alzheimer’s

...Since this is my personal story about my mom and the relationship we had, I need to make sure that the final product is as true as possible to the real life characters and events that drove me to this project in the first place.

A Philadelphia area resident has taken to crowd funding to help raise a portion of the necessary funds to turn his book into a feature film about his journey caring for his mother with Alzheimer’s.

Ross Schriftman held a kickoff party at his Maple Glen, PA home on Saturday, April 18, to announce a crowd funding campaign to make a film entitled My Million Dollar Mom. The film, based on Schriftman’s book by the same name, deals with a mother who has Alzheimer’s, the son who cares for her and the issues of choice and sacrifice people face in their lives when caring for loved ones. The goals of the crowd funding campaign are to allow people to participate in the making of the film; and to raise awareness about the project.

After his book My Million Dollar Mom was published, Schriftman started imagining the story as a movie and began working on a script. “After finishing the script, I explored various options and I decided to create the film independently,” said Schriftman. “Since this is my personal story about my mom and the relationship we had, I needed to make sure that the final product is as true as possible to the real life characters and events that drove me to this project in the first place."

It is Schriftman’s goal to create a film that is more than just a “Disease of the Week” movie. “We hope to change people’s attitudes about Alzheimer’s,” he said. “We want to demonstrate that, regardless of how damaged people might be with this disease, they still have value and are capable of helping others at their time of need.”

In the film, the mother’s needs become so great that the son must choose between running for political office or fulfilling a promise to care for her and be by her side at the end of her life. Yet despite having Alzheimer’s, the mother is able to help another character in the midst of a crisis.

A portion of the funds raised from this crowd funding campaign will be donated to the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Schriftman is planning to hold special screenings in theaters and assisted living facilities throughout the Delaware Valley. Discussions about the film and issues related to Alzheimer’s will be held at the end of each screening.

Schriftman also plans to create a special DVD of the film that will include helpful tips for caregivers, a section on the making of the film, special scenes, and family home movies and pictures. “Throughout her life, my mom cared for others,” said Schriftman. “Even though the illness made it very difficult for her, she still had a sense of what people were going through and wanted to be helpful.”

To donate to the My Million Dollar Mom crowd funding campaign visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/my-million-dollar-mom-film

Information about the film can be found at http://www.mymilliondollarmom.com and http://www.facebook.com/mymilliondollarmom or by contacting Ross Schriftman at mymilliondollarmom(AT)gmail.com.

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