When her grandma is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, an ambitious young equestrian is torn between career, family and romance
Heartsong is a dramatic, heartwarming story based on true events that takes us on a journey through the eyes of a loving granddaughter into the heartache and humor of one woman’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Dementia. Our story follows Jessica Rae, an ordinary girl who dreams of life as a Show Jumper; but when her grandma is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Jessica’s perfectly-planned life takes a turn as she falls into the role of a full-time caregiver. In the midst of her struggle, she unintentionally captivates the heart of Scott Ryder. Scott is a free spirit who sees life as a spontaneous adventure! He becomes a charming source of inspiration to Jess as he challenges her to step out of her comfort zone, escape her dependency on her own plans and discover the pure adventure in everyday life!
Our team is comprised of professionally trained filmmakers, most of whom studied full time at NAIT. These students have invested heavily in themselves and their careers; they are heart and soul committed to what they do and they do it well!
"I’m Eulene; you lean on me, I lean on you!” With unrelenting faith and a passionate love for her Lord & Savior, Eulene strives to “be a light without blinding anyone.” Her trusting spirit and constant gratitude is both a blessing and an annoyance to those who can’t seem to find the beauty in their own situations. Though her disease throws her into a state of vulnerability and confusion, her beauty, grace and sense of humor remain vibrant. “My memory's only half bad and my forgetter’s getting better!” (not yet cast)
Jessica is an ordinary girl who dreams of an extraordinary life as an equestrian Show Jumper. She moved in with her grandparents on their acreage to train with her horse in thrilling anticipation of a long awaited riding career. Yes, she’s got her entire life perfectly mapped out – until her beloved grandma is suddenly diagnosis with Alzheimer’s. Jess falls into the role of a full-time caregiver and together they face the loneliness, confusion and frustrations of the devastating disease.
(Played by Laura Seabrook)
Scott is a free spirit who's mastered the art of taking life one day at a time as a spontaneous adventure! He lives on a ranch he inherited when his father died and his horses are his refuge. Despite the attention his endearing charm and good looks attract, he is more interested in freedom and adventure than the ties of a relationship…until he meets Jess. He'll stop at nothing to reach her heart, but he isn’t prepared for the struggle he'll face to break through the walls she’s built.
(Played by Clint Lewing)
Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Dementia takes a tremendous toll on the physical and emotional health of the caregiver. Aside from loneliness, depression, anxiety and exhaustion, levels of cortisol (the body’s stress hormone) often skyrocket in caregivers, leading to greater risk of heart disease and cancer. In fact, 40% of Alzheimer’s caregivers die from stress-related disorders before the patient does! (Stanford Medicine Study)
Despite being the fastest growing disease in North America, Alzheimer’s remains a mystery. The cost of care for Alzheimer’s patients is twice as much as for Cancer patients, yet the funds raised are minimal in comparison. There are 14 Million Alzheimer’s victims at this very moment who are unable to speak up for themselves, and their caregivers are too worn out and overwhelmed to advocate for change. When was the last time you saw a run for Alzheimer’s?
Frustration and anger is a common response from family and friends who don’t understand the disease: “She knows how to take a bath, she’s just being stubborn.” Even though they won’t remember what you said, they seem to remember how you made them feel. They literally live IN the moment! Living there with them – not 2 minutes in the past or in the future – is a big key to learning the language of their Heart's Song so you can sing along.
Jess moves out to her Grandparents' acreage to train competitively with her horse...or so she thinks!
The equestrian side of the Grandparents' acreage; horse shelters, barns, paddocks...
The window view from Grandparents' house.
Lake view on Scott's ranch where he spends most of his time.
View of the barn at Scott's ranch.
Rocky and Rev, getting their tan on to prepare for their closeups. ;-)