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PLUS Q & A with Director Serene Meshel-Dillman

The 5th Dementia is a diverse band featuring former professionals from a range of socioeconomic and educational backgrounds who now struggle to remember anything at all due to their illnesses.

Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s.

They come together to play and sing a list of songs compiled by their bandleader.  When the music starts, they are transformed. The rhythms and melodies stir something deep within them.  These men and women, leading lives with almost no social interaction who show very little emotion outside the rehearsal space, dive right into songs from their generation without a single page of sheet music.  Memories otherwise entirely unreachable are unlocked.  The music has a euphoric and quality of life changing impact.

Through uniquely personal stories, from inspiring daily triumphs to the sobering toll of slow mental decline, viewers of The 5th Dementia Documentary will see an emotional, revealing look at this inexplicable phenomena.

Q & A by Director Serene Meshel-Dillman

Serene is from New York City.  She attended The School of American Ballet, Melissa Hayden’s and the Alvin Ailey School.

In 2014 she directed her first documentary, Getting To The Nutcracker.  The film is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to produce the Nutcracker Ballet from auditions to final performance.

The film won Best Documentary Feature Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta Film Festival, the Los Angeles Dances with Films Festival Documentary Audience Award, Outstanding Direction at the Las Vegas Film Festival, and Best Documentary at the Kansas Film Festival.

The 5th Dementia documentary has distribution with Gravitas Ventures and will be premiering this November on TVOD for Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.