I Remember Better When I Paint, narrated by Olivia de Havilland, is the first international documentary about the positive impact of art and other creative therapies on people with Alzheimer’s and how these approaches can change the way we look at the disease. A film by Eric Ellena and Berna Huebner, presented by French Connection Films and the Hilgos Foundation. Among those who are featured are noted doctors and Yasmin Aga Khan, president of Alzheimer’s Disease International and daughter of Rita Hayworth, who had Alzheimer’s.

I Remember Better When I Paint has been released as part of a DVD package which includes the documentary as well as a series of short supplemental films that further highlight special programs and flesh out the how-tos of organizing an outing, a creative workshop or recreating social bonds between people with Alzheimer’s and their families.

Watch via online rental: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/whenipaint or buy a copy of the DVD package: https://www.frenchcx.com/dvds/i-remember-better-when-i-paint/

9 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 Jacqueline O'Doherty November 27, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Wow, what a wonderful film. I’ll be sure to recommend the DVD to my clients!
    Jacqueline O’Doherty
    Certified Patient Advocate

  2. 2 Judy Van Tilburg December 30, 2010 at 6:10 am

    As a recently retired Activity Prog. Coordinator who used watercolor as an art medium to do reminisce programs with my residents I was aware of the power of art. I have seen amazing results and this was a wonderful video. I am so glad to see programs that tap into the memories that are still active. “I still in here.” says it all.

  3. 3 Meg April 18, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Are you going to show this in the Seattle area anytime soon? Can we lobby for it…..? I have some connections with University of Washington…I’d love to do what I could to make it possible. Meg Rich

  4. 5 Corinne Faiella September 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm


    You called the School of the Art Institute’s Career Development office looking for art students to help your mom. I took that call. I recall you said she remembers things when she paints, and we both got choked up on the phone. All these years later I remember your call. I’m seriously thinking about art therapy as a career and this documentary is inspiring.

  5. 6 Deborah September 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

    This looks like a very important documentary – will there be any other screenings in France?

  6. 7 Trisha Macnair October 6, 2011 at 4:12 am

    Wonderful insight – hope to spread it among colleagues, patients and their familes.

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