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Wine Country Film Festival 2013


Directed by Billy DaMota

Cinema of Conscience, Documentary, Shorts / USA / 2012 / Human Relationships, Seniors, Women / 22 mins / English

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Plays In:
Short Film Program 1

St Patrick's Episcopal Church
September 26, 2013 5:30 pm


POSEY is the story of Linda Flemming (Erica Rhodes) who makes the heartbreaking decision to take her grandmother, Posey (Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Winner Sally Kirkland), who is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease to a retirement home. In a desperate move to avoid the inevitable, Posey escapes, and while her loved ones desperately search for her, Posey finds herself the star of a Bollywood movie.

The film seeks to examine the seeming hopelessness of the disease and the fear from both the victim and their families, while at the same time finding hope and humor.

The film is supported by the Alzheimer’s Association ( and a portion of the profits from the film will be donated to help fund research for this devastating illness.

Click here to see the Behind-the-Scenes video of the Bollywood dance auditions!

Click here to read the awesome article in ADI News.

Statement from the Director


This film is the brainchild of my producing partner, Erica Rhodes.  She told me the story of her grandmother – sinking deeper and deeper into the darkness that old age often brings – and the seed of a great idea was planted.  When I told friends that I was planning to make a movie about Alzheimer’s Disease, I began to hear story after story from people whose parents, grandparents, relatives and neighbors had fallen victim to the disease.  The stories they recounted were terribly sad and painful to listen to, and I could only imagine the pain of enduring and coping with Alzheimer’s and the devastating toll it took on their loved ones.

With every story, I was more convinced that this was a film I had to make.  And the seed has grown into a flower – a “Posey” if you will – and that flower is this film.

And we have just received a note from the Alzheimer’s Association that they LOVE the script.  Now, that’s a good feeling! 

Here’s a note all of those who have made a kind pledge to Kickstarter for POSEY, and to those considering doing so.

I am overwhelmed by your generosity, but more than that, I am touched by the very special memories you have shared with me, and the unimaginable sadness that Alzheimer’s Disease has brought to your families. The stories of those loved ones lost, both young and old, to the terrible symptoms of the disease have brought tears to my eyes – and great hope to my soul, that maybe through this film, I can bring some awareness to what you and yours have gone through; how we cope, how we grieve, how we sadly move forward – yet with resolve, with strength, and with the memories of our beautiful family to keep us moving toward a better day, and a better understanding of the disease.


Billy DaMota


Producer: Richard Chizmar, Billy DaMota
Screenwriter: Billy DaMota
Cinematographer: Darren Rydstrom
Editor: Cindy Parisotto
Music: WIllian Belote
Cast: Sally Kirkland, Ray Wise, Erica Rhodes

Plays in

  1. Short Film Program 1

    The Radio Gamers, Posey, My RIght Eye, The Interlude, Grandmothers, Bent

    Precedes: Live Music featuring Amy Jo Johnson

    In This Program: Bent, Grandmothers, The Interlude, My Right Eye, Posey, The Radio Gamers

Dates & Times

Plays In:
Short Film Program 1

St Patrick's Episcopal Church
September 26, 2013 5:30 pm