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Just got back from a fun event at Square Room in Seattle (pictured above). It was a fundraiser put on by Square Room owners, artists and friends Brian McGuffey and Leif Holland, to support Heirloom, an independent film about a mother, a son, and Huntington's disease.
Several artist friends contributed works to the show, with portions of the sales proceeds benefiting the upcoming film. The filmmaker, Ben Weber, [singlepic id=442 w=260 h=240 float=left] was in attendance and graciously posed for this photo with future me (seriously, I can't look this old already, can I?). Ben has appeared in several movies and TV shows including a recurring role on Sex and the City. He also can boast having appeared as one of the original Geico Cavemen. Too awesome! We are standing in front of my piece, Champagne, which is still available at Square Room (so far as I know) and will still benefit the movie if purchased. Some pieces sold at the event but many are still for sale if you are in the area and would like to benefit two great causes: Heirloom, and the artists who support it.
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For a more info and a synopsis of Heirloom, read on...
From the promotional newsletter:
Heirloom Art Show is a fundraiser for the production of an independent film written and to be directed by Ben Weber.
10+ great artists have come together for one show to help fund production of this movie.
The film will begin shooting in Western Washington on March 18, exactly six months from the day of this event.
Heirloom is a humorous look at a son who goes home to "ground" his own mother. The mom, Kitty, suffers from a rare disorder called Huntington's Disease that ravages the mind and body, much like Parkinson's. Kitty's greatest thrill in life is driving the 0.6 miles to the store and back everyday. Kitty's son, David, takes away her keys and makes her life miserable after she runs over a neighbor's mailbox. What Kitty doesn't know is that David has recently taken the test of HD but can't bring himself to learn the results.
Heirloom is more than a just a weepy disease movie. It's about fate and the choice we now have in the age of genetic testing -- to know, or not to know. That's the dilemma facing David and the reason why he treats his mother so harshly.
We all fear ending up like our parents; David might not be able to avoid it.