Morning Walk is a short film commissioned by Motionpoems based on a poem about Parkinson’s disease (PD), starring Debra Magid, an artist living with PD and oh yeah, my mother. The piece is a visceral and lyrical journey – juxtaposing a euphoric morning walk with the stark realities of a condition like PD.
My goal with the film, and what moved me the most about the poem, is to show that Parkinson’s is not a singular diagnosis. You can have PD and shake, shuffle or whatever form of symptoms you may have and still live a fulfilling life full of blissful morning walks. You can not have PD be your defining trait, but also never forget that you have PD, despite your best attempts. As the poem so perfectly states, people with PD want to be remembered “from the inside out”; seen but not pitied; considered but not treated as “less than”. This film honors that request, equally celebrating reality and the things we do to cope with reality.
Credits / Collaborators / Cast
Directed by Zack Grant
Starring Debra Magid
Producer – Gabija Blake
Director of Photography – Nathan Podshadley
Steadicam Operator – Michael Desiderio
1st Assistant Camera – Chris Cruz
2nd Assistant Camera – Tyler Haft
Sound Recordist – Julian Cahill
Editor – Peter Mostert
Sound Design & Mix – Owen Shearer
Colorist – Nick Lindell-Wright
Music Supervisor – Robby Hurd
Title Design – Max Friedman
Production Company – 2020land
Camera – ARRI Rental
Film Development & Scan – Metropolis Post
Backdrop – Schmidli Backdrops
Shot on Kodak 5207 Vision 3 Film
“Daydream in A for Piano” by Eric Kinney
This film was made possible by the Center for the Art of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School.
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