It all started out innocently enough. A three-way conference call just catching up on events in the last 9 months or so. Yet, by the end of the conversation, I ended up with plans to head to Los Angeles on Friday to attend an advance screening of an HBO documentary. How the heck did that happen?
About a year ago, I got an e-mail out of the blue. HBO had found the blog, and wanted to talk about a documentary on Alzheimer's. After several more e-mails, conversations with the directors, conversations with my siblings, some googling of the directors, consulting with friends in the industry, and much thought on my part, I agreed to allow them to come film Mom.
Mom is one of seven people profiled in the upcoming HBO documentary "The Memory Loss Tapes", one of four documentaries in HBO's The Alzheimer's Project. One documentary will focus on patients themselves, one on the science, one on caregivers, and one on children coping with the disease in their parents/grandparents.
They came last July and filmed for four days. Mom was her charming self, created some art while they were here, and I think all in all it went well. All of the animals cooperated too. The llamas and alpacas did not spit at them, (not that mine spit with no reason) the dogs were good, the cats (Puddin') made themselves right at home.
The wildlife even obliged at one point. He was filming the sunset, and I could hear geese coming, but didn't know where they were. They flew right out of the sunset and directly overhead. It was incredible. You would think I had them trained to fly on cue or something! (Ok, release the birds...and...action!)
The filming was kind of stressful, rather exhausting, and it felt like I cried the whole time they were here. Not that they were cruel or bothersome in any way; I just tend to get emotional talking about Mom. No, they were lovely to work with, kind and down to earth.
So after all that, maybe I should tell you when it airs, yes? May 10th, Mother's day, 9 pm (8 central) Also, I have been told that HBO is unscrambling their signal for the series, but it is up to your local cable company to allow it. So if you have cable but not HBO, check with your company to see what's up. I've been told that DirectTV and Verizon have agreed.