Robert “Blanky” Blankenhorn and Family
Filmmaker: Diana Tacelosky In this amazing film, Blanky and his daughter tell their story. Blanky is living with ALS. Their remarkable adjustment to his illness. Meanwhile he is spirited and reveals his charisma with a few well chosen jokes.
Marly Watson Filmmakers: Matt Piotrowski and Matt Pavelic
In this profoundly moving film, Marly’s parents and physician articulately discuss her course including her brain tumor and subsequent chemotherapy and radiation — and the rare side effect she suffered from radiation known as Radiation Necrosis, which severely devastated Marly’s white matter.
Marly’s father eloquently and emotionally speaks about how he’s managed to keep functioning despite his heartbreak — including working while his wife takes care of Marly. All the medications are shown, as are her nighttime rituals. And more importantly — how the parents cope — dad day to day — and mom — through her belief that her daughter knew she was ready for heaven.
Matthew Gingerich Filmmakers: Katie Cantore and Nick Sgrignoli
Click on the links below to view films made in previous years.