James Keach Talks Turning Point Doc for World Alzheimer’s Day [Exclusive Interview]

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson in Turning Point

Alzheimer’s disease is a battle we must win.

With 10,000 Americans turning the age of 65 every day, half of the senior citizens eventually develop Alzheimer’s.

From the filmmaker James Keach, he created the documentary Turning Point that looks into the possible first medication that could hopefully reverse Alzheimer’s disease. The documentary makes observations from the research scientists’ perspective, the history of Alzheimer’s, and the potential burden on the American health care system.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The race to find treatments, if not a cure, for Alzheimer’s disease has seen setback after devastating setback in recent years, prompting the medical and scientific community to question their answers about the underlying mechanisms of the disease.

In his documentary, Turning Point, acclaimed filmmaker, and director James Keach follows a team of dedicated scientists on the front lines of Alzheimer’s research and captures the raw disappointment and renewed hope of those working to find a cure for this fatal, incurable disease, which affects roughly 5.7 million Americans, or 1 in 10 adult Americans over the age of 65.

Where will the future of Alzheimer’s research take us? How close are we to conquering this disease? What it will take to advance progress in the ongoing fight against Alzheimer’s disease?

Turning Point was filmed over the course of five years (2015-2020) and includes the very latest breakthroughs in the Alzheimer’s field. With heartbreak and renewed hope, it shows us that science doesn’t follow a script, but continues to surprise and amaze us…even as millions await a breakthrough more than a century in the making.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director James Keach about the research and making of the documentary.

Keach is an actor, director, and filmmaker. His Turning Point won two awards at 2018’s Boston Film Festival for Best Documentary and Mass Impact Award. The previous documentary, Augie, was highly acclaimed for documenting Augie Nieto, who was known as the Steve Jobs of the fitness industry and later developed ALS. On the acting side, he appeared in a few films, including National Lampoon’s Vacation, Walk the Line, and The Long Riders.

Turning Point premieres on Altavod on World Alzheimer’s Day (September 21) today and then a wider release tomorrow on September 22.

Watch the exclusive interview and let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Turning Point

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