About the Film

Hannah Reimann, a professional musician, spends three years videotaping her father, Dr. Peter Reimann, who is stricken with Alzheimer's-related dementia. His mental problems and memory loss appear to trace back to the death of his beloved wife, her mother, from a car crash 18 years ago, details of which he forgot completely and re-emerged in flashbacks on his deathbed. Dr. Reimann's compelling character, live music interludes, including songs sung by him and the deep love among family members provide hope as the film candidly portrays their journey with a devastating disease.

Alzheimer's Disease

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BIographies

Hannah Reimann

writer/director/star of short film, Destroying Angel, (2012), creator of her own music videos since 1998, pianist, singer and singer-songwriter for 20+ years in NYC (Lincoln Center, Knitting Factory, Cutting Room, etc.), began her career as a Classical concert pianist, collaborating internationally with world-class violist Paul Coletti (CNN, Grand Canyon Music Festival etc.). Recognized as an “uncanny interpreter” (New Yorker Magazine) of Joni Mitchell’s music with her show, ”Woman of Heart and Mind” since 2012. Musical Director and composer for screen and stage: American Clock, directed by Austin Pendleton, The Cutting Room Floor, The Quick-Change Room; actor in 20+ independent films. Made 8mm films as a child.

Dr. Peter Reimann

served as a medic for the German Army during World War II where he joined forces with other Anti-Nazis and risked his life and rank speaking out against the evils of the Nazis. In 1957 he served as a Lieutenant in the US Army in a Red Cross Hospital run by German doctors after the Korean War in Pusan, Korea. While in Korea, he met Myunghee Kim, MD, the pioneer first Freudian psychoanalyst from Korea. After having to leave both of their countries in order to be together and pursue their careers, they married in New York City. Dr. Reimann and Dr. Kim had two daughters, Kim and Hannah. Dr. Kim passed away in an automobile accident in 1996 near Temuco, Chile while on holiday with her husband. In 2008, Dr. Reimann became ill with Dementia – like millions of other elderly people in the US and worldwide, he may have Alzheimer’s Disease, the most common form of Progressive Dementia at this time. Now 90 years old, he is the primary subject for his daughter, Hannah’s documentary feature film, My Father’s House, their story of this tragic illness, music, family, love and the hope to find a cure. The film includes prominent doctors, scientists and researchers who specialize in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and who articulate their wishes for patients like Dr. Reimann.

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