Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

MONSTER IN THE MIND

Year: 2016
Country: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 87 minutes

MONSTER IN THE MIND
MONSTER IN THE MIND
MONSTER IN THE MIND

When MONSTER IN THE MIND begins, you’d swear you’re watching a science-fiction movie. It’s filled with monsters and a chorus of people talking in an apocalyptic tone about a rising Alzheimer’s epidemic. The way they present it is terrifying; it’s no wonder the disease is so feared. Journalist Jean Carper grew scared after covering it for CNN in 1982. At that time, many believed Alzheimer’s was simply an inevitable effect of growing old, commonly referred to as senility. The science on the disease was still young, but a whirlwind of horrifying information was spreading to the public. As Carper would eventually learn, much of it was false. She takes the confusion to task, interviewing a number of experts in the field, all the while trying to ease her own paranoia about getting Alzheimer’s. What begins as a tale of doom and gloom slowly turns hopeful when she learns more about the disease. This fascinating and brilliantly styled documentary is an eye-opener to the dangers of misinformation as well as an unexpectedly positive film about the perils of aging. —E.F.

CIFF41 Screenings

Monday, April 03, 2017 at 5:10 PM

Tuesday, April 04, 2017 at 2:15 PM

Genre
Recommended for High School Students +

Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Global Health Competition

Director
Jean Carper

Jean Carper was born in New York, New York in 1932. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University. She's also a best-selling author and journalist, known for her work as CNN's senior medical correspondent.

Filmography
MONSTER IN THE MIND (2016)

Producers
Jean Carper, Lee Koromvokis, Tilda Swinton

Cinematography
Ellen Kuras

Editing
Phyllis Housen, Christopher Radcliff

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