Short film on Alzheimer's to return for encore screening

"Ellis won't be Dancing Today" returns to the Pickford Film Center for an encore screening at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, as part of "Dances for the Camera."

It was originally created as a live performance piece by Kuntz and Company for the Palliative Care Summer Institute in July 2014. The Palliative Care Institute is a partnership with Western Washington University, Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement, Community Organized Group for Health, Whatcom Family & Community Network, PeaceHealth Palliative Care, and PeaceHealth Hospice to transform palliative care in the Whatcom community and support the human responses to living and dying.

Pam Kuntz, a senior instructor in the Theatre and Dance Department, and WWU alumna Juliette Machado adapted the piece into a short film starring Jim Lortz, a Western professor of Theatre Arts, and Marilyn Flint. The piece is about Marilyn’s experiences with her husband Ellis at the end of his life with Alzheimer’s.

"Dances for the Camera" will also highlight other locally-produced works, including Kuntz and Company’s "Parkinson’s Dreams About Me" and the dance film "Pacing," which features members of Bellingham Repertory Dance.

Tickets are $5 each and available now on the Pickford website.