The Genius of Marian is a visually rich, emotionally complex story about one family‚Äôs struggle to come to terms with the changes Alzheimer‚Äôs disease brings. After Pam White is diagnosed at age 61 with early onset Alzheimer‚Äôs, life begins to change, slowly but irrevocably, for Pam and everyone around her. Pam‚Äôs husband grapples with his changing role from primary partner to primary caregiver. Her adult children find ways to show their love and support while mourning the slow loss of their mother.
As she loses the ability to write, Pam‚Äôs eldest son, Banker, begins to record their conversations, allowing her to share memories of childhood and of her own mother, the renowned painter Marian Williams Steele who died of Alzheimer‚Äôs in 2001. The Genius of Marian paints a powerful contemporary portrait of the impact of Alzheimer‚Äôs disease, the power of art and the meaning of family.