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Run Time: 86 minutes
The documentary LETTING GO OF ADELE is the story of Marty and her dog Adele who has saved Marty’s life every day for the past nine years. Marty has a heart condition that makes her faint on a daily basis, causing injuries to her head and anxiety about living a normal life. When medications and contemporary medical advice couldn’t work to alleviate her symptoms, Marty turned to an alternate opportunity. Service dogs, once used primarily to aid the blind, are now used more and more for people who suffer from neurological disorders. But Adele is the first cardiac alert service dog, and she stopped Marty’s fainting altogether. The relationship between Marty and Adele is a special one, and LETTING GO OF ADELE is a love letter to those furry family members in our lives who save us daily. Chronicling Marty’s struggles with having to retire Adele and find a new service dog, this beautiful and touching film reminds us letting go can be more inspiring than holding on. —T.W.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 1:35 PM
Sunday, April 09, 2017 at 9:15 AM
Recommended for Middle School Students +
ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition
Melissa Dowler is a producer and director who was born in Boston and is based in L.A. As the co-founder of Long Haul Films she is making films that explore how innovation and creativity are changing the world.
"Nothing Compares" (2016), "Restarting the Motor City" (2017), LETTING GO OF ADELE (2017)
Melissa Dowler, Tom Dowler
Tom Dowler, Megan Lovallo
This film is presented by DEBRA S. GOLD in honor of her sister ABIGAIL GOLD BOECKER, a passionate dog owner and proud "mother" of George and Stella.