An unexpected impact
Even before reaching an audience, the film has had an impact — on the actors. Shea says his performance was not only boosted by his father’s impassioned dedication to his role, but it created a connection he hadn’t had before filming.
“I turned the corner and there was my dad, usually strong and stoic with a big moustache, now very believably frail,” says Shea. “This man was struggling for his life, struggling to keep what he has defined his life with — he did such a fantastic job.”
The role also left a lasting impact on Shaun. “It took all these years to finally do a project where I could actually feel the way I wanted other people to feel when I work.”
Ultimately, he hopes the film can educate about dementia and make viewers feel the same way he did when he first saw the film.
“I want them to believe that this is an honest and authentic depiction of Alzheimer's or dementia,” Shaun says. “In a microcosm of one family, [dementia] is extremely impactful, and I want them to see that and be ready for it when it comes to their lives.”
Shea says he hopes viewers can connect with the story in some way, whether dementia-related or through another type of trauma.
“The fact that we have the opportunity to be able to actually do a little bit of good with something that we've created in part with Matt Prazak and the rest of his production team is very special,” Shea says.