Dear Dad, is an award-winning short documentary film created by Melissa Pihos. “The film explores the effects of Alzheimer’s by juxtaposing photos and footage of her father from his days as a player for the Philadelphia Eagles, during the late 1940s to mid-1950s, with images of him today. But it’s the relationship between Pihos and her father –– illustrated through pictures and letters, most notably one written by her father after her parents’ divorce –– that proved especially poignant for the filmmaker and her audiences.” (goTriad June 2009).
Dear Dad, plays a significant role in PIHOS A Moving Biography which toured last summer as Alzheimer’s Association benefit events in Charlotte and Winston-Salem, NC, Philadelphia, PA and New York City, NY. The show is headed to Lubbock, TX in November 2013. I am setting the work on Flatlands Dance Theatre.
” The show explores various aspects of my Dad’s life and his struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. It will help raise financial support for Alzheimer’s Associations as well as raise awareness to the devastating disease that plaques our nation.”
Dear Dad, Awards and Screenings:
Twin Rivers Media Festival, Asheville, NC -May 2009, Western North Carolina Achievement Award, 3rd Place in Experimental film division
Tacoma Film Festival, Tacoma, WA - Oct. 2009
Couch Fest Films, Seattle WA – Nov. 2009
Indie Fest, LaJolla, CA, Award of Merit for short documentary Oct. 2009
Carolina Film and Video Festival, Greensboro, NC – Feb. 2010
Mike Ditka recently added Dear Dad, to his Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund website: