Available until March 31, 2017.
Witness a family's celebration of life as they negotiate the realities of Parkinson's Disease.
Present Moment is a collaborative film project documenting a family negotiating the realities of a long-term, degenerative illness. The film is a celebration of living life well, despite whatever health challenges one might face. Our protagonist's wisdom, honesty and courage inspires the viewer while reminding them of their own innate resiliency.
by Gary Vallat
Words like birds
weave nests of straw and gossip
build bridges between what we remember
and what we do not know.
Words are the cloak
I wrap around myself
to hide the soft underbelly
of my doubt, my fear.
They are the chants
that ward off and seduce
welcome and reject
what does not make sense.
Oh words, long have I served you
long have you served me
until the message we compile together
goes beyond meaning
and we are free at last.
About the Filmmakers
Present Moment is the debut documentary short from filmmakers Aimie Vallat and Noah Dassel of Reel Witness. As professional storytellers, they’ve created advocacy films for Northwest nonprofits — from portraying global health projects to thriving communities to the refugee experience and more.
Aimie’s passion as a storyteller started with her background in Visual Anthropology, which evolved into 20 years of working as a social change agent in the nonprofit and documentary film sectors. Since 2006, Noah’s work both as a filmmaker and musician has focused on social justice, education and building healthy communities, both locally and abroad. They’re honored to share one man's story of resilience, grace and courage while living with Parkinson’s in their film Present Moment.