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The Genius of Marian

Anna Fitch 2013

THE GENIUS OF MARIAN is a visually rich, emotionally complex story that follows Pam White in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease as her son, the filmmaker, lovingly documents her struggles to retain her sense of self. After she is diagnosed at age 61 with early-onset Alzheimer’s, life begins to change for Pam and everyone around her. Pam’s husband grapples with his changing role from partner to caregiver. Her adult children each find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother.


  • FIlmmaker Magazine
    White documents his mother’s attempt to remember and save the memories of his grandmother in compellingly intimate footage.
  • JustPressPlay
    The Genius of Marian is more than a documentary about Alzheimer’s disease. This film is a tribute to the genius of Pam and the genius of Marian, a love letter from a son to his mother, and surely Pam’s story will not soon be forgotten.
  • Washingtonian
    Filmmaker Banker White captures both his family’s battle with Alzheimer’s Disease and his mother’s unique spirit.
  • The Huffington Post
    The Genius of Marian is an intimate, poetic documentary about Pam White and her family as they all struggle to deal with Pam’s Alzheimer’s disease.
  • IndieWire
    It’s a remarkable film, not only for the obvious affection with which it was made, but as art. The downward trajectory of a woman in the grip of ever-worsening dementia provides only so many opportunities for visual storytelling.

Festival Participation

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • AFI Docs
  • Moscow International Film Festival

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