Allen's Story


Client: McLean Hospital
When Erin Collins-Moore called from McLean Hospital, a prestigious psychiatric hospital in the Boston area, and asked us to make films for their annual Gala, we were excited and concerned. This seemed like a rare opportunity to make films on sensitive subjects with both patient and hospital collaboration. Our worry was, could we make honest films and protect patient privacy?

The answers came from the subjects themselves.  We've now had the opportunity to work with several different patients from McLean and each has been eager to share their story for the sake of others who might also benefit from help and treatment.

Allen had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At McLean he was receiving an experimental drug that had slowed down his memory loss. Once diagnosed, Allen began speaking publicly about his illness and encouraging others to seek early treatment.